Oh happy (Earth) day


It’s much easier to justify a flat-out want when you can make it seem (at least in your own mind) like a need. Case in point: buying yourself that ridiculously cool work of art because it’s made of stuff that’s not devastating the planet. For pieces that allow you to indulge your inner design aficionado while boosting your good karma, look to “Get Green and Groovy, the April installment of the Design Hive’s First Sundays. Sponsored by the independent designers’ market that opened to the delight of local shoppers last winter, this green-themed shopping experience celebrates Earth Day a bit early. Come with a mentality that’s equal parts support-the-locals and respect-your-Mother-Earth. Local designers, photographers, and artists show it’s easy being green, selling artwork made from reclaimed wood, jewelry created with salvaged finds, eco-friendly clothes — you name it. Did I mention this event is free? The day-long market will also have various interactive artists’ stations for shoppers looking to make unique T-shirts, paint shoes, and create their own wearable works of art with the Autonomie Project, a Boston-based fair-trade fashion company. Local and eco-chic — how’s that for a smart splurge? Shop sans guilt at the Maria Baldwin School (28 Sacramento Street, Cambridge) on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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