A 40th anniversary calls for a celebration -- and this is Earth Day's big year -- so pop the bubbly, send a bouquet of flowers or partake in one of the other sustainable activities below, remembering not only to live green on April 22, but every day of the year.

For wines, explore green vines

Virginia's wines are on the rise with nearly 3,000 acres of vineyards and 140 wineries (many are family operations, including the sustainably oriented Cave Ridge and Rappahannock). Visit VirginiaWine.org to learn about wine trails you can explore this summer.

Get picky about flowers

Imported from around the world and doused with hazardous chemicals, plants aren't always as green as they seem. But Georgetown's Green Space (GeorgetownParkFlowers.com) gets organic flowers from local artisans and pots them in eco-friendly containers, like baskets made out of recycled newspaper.

Watch movies that motivate

Host a healthy-foods potluck April 21 when "Food Inc." airs at 9 p.m. on PBS. Tweet @povdocs to share what you ate, or enter to win a basket of green goodies at pbs.org/pov/foodinc. For information on a kid-focused screening April 22, visit WhatsInYourKidsFood.com.

Impress with your (eco-friendly) dress

Earth Creations' spring line features casual women's clothing that's good for the Earth. Its tops, tanks, dresses and skirts are made from organic, natural and sustainable fibers some are clay-dyed -- adding an extra eco-push. Visit earthcreations.com to see the threads.

Step up your recycling

Heading to an Earth Day picnic? Have a schedule-packed summer of tailgates and kids' soccer games? It's easy to recycle drink cans at home, but be sure to toss plastics on the go with Flings Pop-Up Recycling Bins. Visit FlingsBins.com.

Guide the generations

Teach your kids green habits when they're young and they'll grow up being defenders of nature. Creativity for Kids (CreativityForKids.com) has toys that expand green living to the imagination, like dollhouses made from recycled material where kids learn to repurpose household items.

Read, read, read

Covering an array of topics, adults can read up on how to make more mindful choices in the book "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organic Living." For kids, start with "Grover's 10 Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World." And for those looking to make environmentally friendly home improvements, check out "Green $ense for the Home: Rating the Real Payoff from 50 Green Home Projects."

Clean green

With simple products like baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, salt, cornstarch and essential oils, you can clean everything from tile and carpet to hardwood and mirrors. Visit TheDailyGreen.com and search for the article "Never Pay for Household Cleansers Again."


Want to send a great gift but worried about all the paper and packaging? Giiv.com allows users to send gifts through cell phones. There's no paper, no shipping, no wrapping and no waste and all gifts are delivered straight to the recipient with a message containing a code to take to a retailer to redeem for the gift.

Earth Day photo contest

iVillage and CafePress have partnered for the "Picture Your World" photo contest. People can visit ivillage.cafepress.com/earthday and answer the question, "Why on Earth are you saving the planet?" and submit a photo. A limited edition reusable tote designed by Shepard Fairey will be sent to all participants. The grand prize is a four-day/three-night all-inclusive eco-vacation for four to the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.