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April 19, 2013 

Amy Dunn

Amy Dunn writes about frugal living and couponing.

Plenty of freebies to mark Earth Day

Ride Raleigh’s buses for free, trade in your dish liquid or laundry detergent for an eco-friendly version, pick up a packet of flower seeds and learn how to turn your old T-shirts into high fashion.

It’s all free in celebration of Earth Day.

Here’s a roundup of just some of the Earth Day freebies available in the Triangle.

On Saturday:

• Park your car for the day in Raleigh and ride Capital Area Transit buses. All CAT routes are free, including those on the R-LINE headed to the Planet Earth Celebration at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. For routes and schedules, head to www.raleighnc.gov/services and click on CAT.

• The Planet Earth Celebration, which is also free, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn about composting, the latest green technology, and how to reduce your carbon footprint.

• Whole Foods stores in the Triangle will be handing out free eco-friendly cleaners in exchange for a conventional version from your cleaning cupboard. Bring in a bottle of laundry detergent, dish liquid or all-purpose cleaner – new or used – and swap it for a natural version from the GreenShield Organic line of products.

The exchange runs from: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Raleigh store; noon to 3 p.m. at the Durham store; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cary store; 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chapel Hill and North Raleigh stores.

Different Earth Day-themed activities will be offered at each store. Call your particular store for details.

• At Michael’s craft stores, learn how to “upcycle” your old T-shirts into fashion accessories during free workshops scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m.

• Starting Saturday and continuing through Monday, Pottery Barn Kids stores, including the one at Durham’s Streets at Southpoint, will be giving away seed packets to children.

On Sunday:

• Starting at 10 a.m., Target stores nationwide will be giving away 1.5 million reusable shopping bags and coupon booklets for sustainable products. And if you get lucky, your bag may be one of 250,000 bags filled with sample products, including Method dish soap, Annie’s Bunny Grahams, Seventh Generation laundry detergent and Burt’s Bee’s moisturizing cream.

Don’t forget to use your bag for a nickel discount when you check out.

On Monday:

• Stop by the Disney Store at Crabtree Valley Mall for a free Disney-themed reusable tote bag. Trade in five plastic grocery bags for a bag from the movies “Cars 2” or “Brave.”

• Treat yourself to a free organic milkshake at EVOS. The fast-casual eatery that specializes in organic and natural foods is serving up the free shakes all day. The restaurant has one location in the Triangle at 1800 E. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill.

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