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Sustainable Saturdays

Posted: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

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Try paddle boarding

Skip the motorboat—and its carbon footprint—one Saturday and visit My Aloha Sports & Fitness Inc. for paddleboard and kayak rentals. Not only is this a sustainable activity, it’s also a great work out. Fitness programs and classes for groups are available so you can get fit while hanging with friends.

Take a hike

The Lake Norman area is chock full of public biking and hiking trails so dust off your bikes or throw on your tennis shoes and head to the trails for the day. For great lakefront trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and picnic sites, head to Jetton Park.

Go wine tasting

Head to McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks in Thurmond, North Carolina for a day of wine tasting. The family-owned and operated winery is dedicated to sustainable growing and low intervention wine making. Not a wino? No worry; the winery also boasts refreshing hard ciders. www.mcritchiewine.com

Glow Green

Cynthia Carrington, owner of Cailin Rua Facials, Waxing and Make-up Artistry, has worked in skincare and make-up for more than 30 years and she loves to products to be friendly to both our skin and the environment. Her favorite skincare line to use on her clients is De La Terre, an all-natural skincare line made in Asheville. Here, she shares a natural and nourishing DIY mask to keep skin glowing in between facial appointments.

½ ripe avocado

2 tablespoons coconut oil


In a small bowl, mash the avocado until creamy. Warm coconut oil slightly and mix together with the avocado. Apply mask all over your face and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

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