Easter decisions

Before you hide any chocolate eggs, Jodi Helmer, author of "The Green Year," suggests making a few changes to "green" your Easter celebrations. Some of these include making eco-friendly Easter egg dyes out of common kitchen ingredients, such as vinegar and grape juice, and skipping plastic eggs and basket filling, which can contain BPA and PVC.

Opt for natural materials instead, and take the kids to the Easter egg hunt in your neighborhood instead of driving across town.

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A.C. event

Demonstrating a commitment to "green" business practices within the home-building industry, the Atlantic Builders Convention (ABC) is soliciting and promoting eco-friendly companies to participate in the convention.

ABC will take place April 22-24 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Garden delights

April has been declared National Garden Month by the National Gardening Association. The association is encouraging people to use gardening as a fun outdoor activity that leads to a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

"Consider growing some vegetables this spring in your yard. A few tomatoes, squashes and cucumbers can produce pounds of vegetables for your kitchen," said Charlie Nardozzi, senior horticulturalist at NGA. "You'll get fresh air, exercise, and a host of other benefits and save on your grocery bill!"

Cool clothes

CafePress, a Web site geared toward creating, selling and buying T-shirts and other "print-on-demand" products, has just unveiled its new line of organic T-shirts and infant onesies.

And, just in time for Earth Day, consumers can reduce their carbon footprint with an exclusive carbon-neutral AnvilRecycled T-shirt from CafePress. Available now for the special price of $15, the proceeds from the T-shirt benefit CarbonFund.org, an organization dedicated to fighting global warming by making it easy and affordable to eliminate our climate impact.

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