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Fourth Annual Planet Earth Celebration to Showcase Living Sustainably
E-cycling Drive-through Makes First Appearance at Event

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and Burt’s Bees’ fourth annual Planet Earth Celebration will be held on Saturday, April, 16, 2011. The free public event will take place in and around the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and at the State Capitol grounds from 11 am to 5 pm, come rain or shine, in downtown Raleigh.

As North Carolina’s largest sustainability festival, the Planet Earth Celebration is dedicated to sharing the Triangle’s innovative eco-living resources in fun, creative and educational ways. More than 100 exhibitors and vendors will highlight ways people can make earth-conscious decisions and live sustainably. Exhibitors and vendors will provide expert advice about organic farming, “going green” at home, conserving water and energy, green landscaping, healthy community building and many other sustainability related topics from e-cycling to finding creative uses for cardboard.

“We encourage our employees to live sustainably at work and at home,” said Yola Carlough, director of sustainability at Burt’s Bees. “As co-presenters of the festival, we’re able to extend this encouragement to the community, while gathering all of the wonderful local resources in the Triangle to help us live healthier and more sustainable lives.”

While at the event, you’ll learn how to create eco-friendly solutions for local environmental challenges. You can give your old electronics a new home and keep hazardous materials out of landfills when you zip through the e-cycling drive-through. Learn about the wonders of clean, renewable energy at the Sprout Energy kiosk. Shop with a conscience for eco-smart products at the Green Bazaar and discover great values at the Burt’s Bees tent sale. Enjoy delicious local eats from Green Planet Catering and various food trucks (Only Burger, Klaus’ Pizza, Farmhand Foods, to name a few) and sway to live music from Chatham County Line, the Countdown Quartet and the Junkman with his 100-percent recycled trash instruments.  There is also a “Gallery of Hope and Doom,” which is an art installation, featuring works created from recycled objects.

New participant, the Capitol Cardboard Constructionists of the Paperhand Puppet Intervention and The Cardboard Tech Instant-tute will create a Repurposed Cardboard Kingdom. Explore the 30-foot by 30-foot cardboard structure and learn how to reuse and recycle cardboard.

“Planet Earth Celebration is a great opportunity to become aware of the social and environmental sustainability issues the Earth is facing,” said the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Assistant Marketing Director Steve Popson. “But also to celebrate the rich natural world we live in and learn about fun ways to keep it vibrant.”

Attendees will not only learn about innovative sustainability resources in our area, but will also have a fun-filled afternoon.

Other activities include: creative re-use craft making with the Scrap Exchange, Behemoth Bowling with an enormous up-cycled plastic bag tumbleweed, musical Trash Marches and lemonade smoothies with the Burt’s Bees Bicycle Blenders.

For more information, please visit planetearthcelebration.com or naturalsciences.org.
Media Contact: Lilyn Hester, 919.882.1979


The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am–5 pm. and Sunday, noon–5 pm. General admission is free. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.

Burt’s Bees (Durham, N.C.) has been offering distinctive and earth-friendly, natural personal care products for 25 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head to toe. Burt’s Bees has approximately 400 employees with products available in the United States and over 25 markets worldwide. You can also purchase products from their website www.burtsbees.com.