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In November's Do It Green! Minnesota E-Newsletter:


* 10th Annual Green Gifts Fair
Give to the Max 
* Green Resources
Green Events
* Volunteers Needed at the Green Gifts Fair!

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10th Annual Green Gifts Fair
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Do It Green! Minnesota’s 10th Annual Green Gifts Fair will be held Saturday, November 21st, 10AM-5PM at Midtown Global Market on Lake Street and 10th Avenue in Minneapolis.
$1 donation/person at the door.

REDUCE! Reduce your carbon footprint by coming car-less to the fair, bring your own coffee mug and shopping bags, and recycle your holiday lights.

SIMPLIFY! Get all your holiday gifts in one place.

LEARN! Complete the learning adventure passport for prizes.

Highlights of the Green Gifts Fair!

* ​Great green gifts selections from over 80 local artists and retailers,
including compost pails, bamboo silverware sets, jewelry, soap, clothing, bags, pottery, greeting cards and more!

* First 100 attendees will receive a free Chinook Book 12-month mobile app subscription card ($15 value), compliments of car2go  

* Your $1 Donation includes a free Green Living Booklet

* Family Passport activity with prizes and discounts
(including $2 off a pint of beer at Eastlake Brewery)

* Help the monarch butterflies by making a milkweed seed ball
to plant with Wild Ones Twin Cities

* Come car-less to recieve a free gift from Metro Transit

* Go Car-Less Booth with free bike tune-ups with Recovery Bike Shop
and How to Fix a Flat demos from The Hub Bike Shop

* Learn ways to reduce toxins in your home
and make a bottle of non-toxic cleaner with MWMO

* Free samples from Peace CoffeeCommon Roots CaféTiny Diner and more

* Relax and enjoy music all day with Pangea Theater, Music Mill City
and Mayfield band

* Learn the gift wrapping art of Japanese Furoshiki and 
make your own recycled bag to reduce holiday waste

* Visit the Tiny House to learn about energy efficiency and renewables

Bring your own mug for $1 organic coffee at Mapps Coffee & Tea

* Eat lunch or dinner at one of over 30 global restaurants inside the Midtown Global Market. Bring your own dishware to reduce waste!


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Give to the Max Day 2015 will take place on Thursday, November 12th. This Minnesota-wide, day-long giving event is a wonderful way to support the causes that are close to your heart. We hope you will help us reach our $2000 donation goal by making a contribution between now and November 12th.  Your donation will support our Seed Library, clothing swaps, Resource Kiosk and other sustainability programming.

Thank you for your support!

Donate now!


Disposal Guide for Household Hazardous Wasterethinkrecyclingsm 2
Open a cupboard in your kitchen, bathroom, basement or garage. Read a few lables. If they contain any words like caution, warning, danger or poison, the products may contain hazardous materials. Hazardous to you, hazardous to your family and hazardous to the environment if not used up or disposed of properly. Do not throw them in the garbage. Do not pour them down the drain or into the sewer. Do not pour them on the ground. Instead, check out the Rethink Recycling website for information on which products need to be disposed of at drop off site and a list of sites in the metro area. 

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Non-point source pollution is the single greatest threat to the health of Minnesota’s waters. Everything found on city streets flows to our water: bacteria, salt, litter, sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus. The widespread nature of the problem requires local leadership and localized solutions. The Master Water Stewards program trains, certifies and supports community leaders to install pollution prevention projects on residential and commercial properties that educate community members, reduce pollutants from urban runoff, and allow more water to soak into the ground before running into storm sewer systems. Modeled after successful Master Gardener programs, volunteer community leaders will participate in a 50-hour program of courses and projects to make a difference in their communities. Info sessions will be held November 17th and December 8th. Learn more…
Free Educational Classes
The Natural Built Home Store classes are offered on Saturday mornings at 10 AM. These classes feature some of the most common remodeling projects and are designed to be informative and educational. Upcoming topics include Smart Countertop Ideas and Planning a Green Kitchen Remodel. Learn more...



Documentary Screening: REUSE! Because You Can't Recycle the Planet
This film isn't just about our waste problem. It's about solutions. And they are everywhere! We live in a challenging time as climate change and mass consumption threaten our planet's existence. The reuse mission offers a more sustainable solution for everyone. The film follows Reuse Pro Alex Eaves' cross-country adventure as he finds endless reuse solutions for our waste problem that are sustainable, easy and fun! Wednesday, November 11th, 7PM, AMC Southdale 16, Edina. Buy tickets here…

Climate Convening: West Metro
What do you value most about your community? How is climate change impacting what you value most? How can you join with neighbors to implement community solutions? Attend a free public convening of experts, community members and storytellers to learn about local climate change impacts and commit to real solutions. Featuring special guest Paul Douglas. All ages welcome; food is provided. Thursday, November 12th, 5:30 PM, Eisenhower Community Center, Hopkins. Register here…

The Life Cycle of Our Waste
This “Sustainable We” panel discussion will address the following points: What is the impact of our garbage on air and soil? What are the innovations around e-waste and deconstruction materials? Can we change our buying habits to reduce not only the amount of garbage we create, but the resources we spend producing products? How can local communities, government and businesses work together on this? The nine part Sustainable We forums are designed for deeper Q&A with Minneapolis youth, homeowners and local experts about how we are building a more sustainable community in our interconnected world. Monday, November 16th, 7-9PM, Lake Harriet Spiritual Community Center, Minneapolis. Register here…

10th Annual Green Gifts Fair
Kick off the holiday season with Do It Green! Minnesota’s 10th Annual Green Gifts Fair. Shop among 80+ local, eco-friendly artists and businesses, sample holiday foods, enjoy kids’ activities and green living demos. The Green Gifts Fair is a popular, fun, family-friendly annual event. A $1 donation will be accepted at the doors. Saturday, November 21st, 10AM-5PM, Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis.

Check out our Community Calendar for more green events!


Our annual Green Gifts Fair brings together artists, retailers, music and fashion. The fair is made possible through the incredible work of over 50 volunteers. All volunteers will receive a copy of a Do It Green! Magazine edition and a Do It Green! Minnesota recycled t-shirt. A list of available shifts and roles can be found below.

If you would like to volunteer on November 21st or have questions about volunteering, please contact Chelsea Nutting at or submit a volunteer form via the website.


Set-up shift (7AM – 10:30AM)
  • Assist with vendor loading and unloading
  • Assist with vendor booth location and set-up
  • Put up signs, banners, directions or decorations
  • Monitor and run the volunteer check-in room
  • Escort volunteers to their assigned stations
Morning shift (9:30AM – 12:30PM)
Midday shift (12PM – 3PM)
Afternoon shift (2:30PM – 5:30PM)
  • Monitor and run the volunteer check-in room
  • Escort volunteers to their assigned stations
  • Monitor the silent auction
  • Interact with visitors at a demo table
  • Answer questions at our information booth
  • Assist the stage manager
Take-down shift (5PM – 8PM)
  • Help with take-down and cleaning at the end of the Fair



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