Blog : Fun, education to mark Party for the Planet
This year, one of the Seacoast’s most anticipated Earth Day events will be hosted by a business whose commitment to the planet is about as tangible as it gets.
On Friday April 20th, from 6-10pm, Earthtec Outfitters – in conjunction with Green Alliance – will hold a Party for the Planet at its West Road warehouse, located directly behind the Market Basket along Lafayette Road (Route 1).
Live music, beer, a free raw bar, and green vendors abound highlight a night eagerly anticipated by Earthtec owner Dennis Randall. Mere months after launching his store’s new downtown Portsmouth retail location (located on Congress Street), Randall hopes the Earth Day soiree will help refocus attention to Earthtec’s flagship location.
“We’ve held a handful of similar events here, and the crowds were always enthusiastic,” says Randall, whose store specializes in a line of fashionable, durable outerwear made from recycled plastic bottles. “We felt it was a good way to remind people of the great green community we’re apart of, while giving them a little more space than our downtown storefront might provide.”
The evening’s events will pivot on a group of mini seminars presented by a select group of Green Alliance Business Partners, says GA Director Sarah Brown. Brown, who launched the Portsmouth-based “green business union” and consumer discount co-op four years ago, hopes the event will be as much about celebrating accomplishments as it will acknowledging future challenges.
“Looking back, it’s unbelievable how far the Seacoast has come in terms of supporting green commerce, and helping foster a genuine green community,” exclaims Brown. “At the same time, we still have a ton of work to do, which is why we wanted the event to be about educating the public about the great things these businesses are working on for the future.”
Brown says the seminars will be conducted like a kind of “green speed-dating,” with attendees moving from business to business in 15 or 20 minute intervals.
Earthtec, for example, will reveal how they transform 12 number two plastic bottles into one of the store’s signature fleece jackets, while SEA Solar Store owner Jack Bingham will offer up a brief tutorial on the financial benefits of solar hot water technology.
Despite the emphasis on consumer education, Brown is insistent that Party for the Planet stays true to its name.
“It’s a Friday, it’s Earth Day weekend – we want people to come out and have a good time with some great, green-minded company,” she says. “Yes saving the planet is a serious endeavor but that doent mean we cant have fun doing it; and create a dynamic and lasting community around that common goal.”
Mary Doane, owner of Mary’s Dogs, a dog rescue and adoption service and one of the GA’s newest Business Partners, will be on hand with a few of her adorable adoption hopefuls.
Meanwhile, Robert’s Maine Grill will be providing free appetizers, in the form of a raw bar featuring all manner of ocean fare from local and sustainable suppliers.
Additionally, Metal Wave – an Amesbury-based operation focusing on responsible, domestic recycling of e-waste and other high-tech refuse – will be on hand to accept any spent CFL light bulbs, batteries, cell phones, and other electronics for their eco-conscious processing.
The event is free for Green Alliance members. Non-members can purchase a combined party ticket and membership for $20 at the door –just over half of a standard $35 annual membership fee.
Green Alliance membership – represented by a credit card-sized “Green Card – gives the bearer exclusive discounts to over 100 local green businesses, from restaurants including the Portsmouth Brewery and Pocos to yoga studios, construction companies, home improvement retailers, and more.
While at Earthtec, members new and old alike can take advantage of the store’s 10% GA discount off all store items at the downtown Portsmouth location.
Whether you’re in the mood for great green company, dynamic green education, or a simple Friday Night wind-down amongst friends, Party for the Planet promises to have a little something for everyone.
“Over the years, we’ve hosted events that were heavy on education, and events that were more casual,” notes Brown. “So we figured, why not do both?”
Learn more about the Green Alliance and join the community at www.greenalliance.biz
Find out about Earthtec at www.earthtec.com