Do you know the history of Earth Day? It was started in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, then a Senator from Wisconsin. Mr. Nelson wanted a “National Teach-In for the Environment” and attempted to put a national focus on the environment. It was the beginning of a conscious effort as Americans started to rally and come together against the deterioration of environment.
The first Earth Day was supported by both political parties and people from all socio-economic backgrounds. The day had such a political impact that it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
By 1990, the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, the day had become global, with 141 countries participating and focusing environmental issues including recycling efforts onto the world stage. Today, Earth Day is focused on much more. It rekindles public support for environmental programs and builds ongoing support for community activism as it relates to global warming and clean energy.
At Twine, we carry many products which are earth-friendly and made by small, owner-run companies. Our penny candy jewelry (necklaces, bracelets and rings) are made in North Carolina from found pennies. Plant some of our letterpress seed coins from Northern California to grow and nurture into a new garden of herbs and wildflowers. And our brand new eco wine bags (made in a beach community near Los Angeles) with reusable cloth tags are meant to be shared and recycled among friends.
What are you going to do for Earth Day?