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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival promotes environment (photo slideshow)

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — There are many ways — including everyday small acts — to help protect the environment.

That was the main message at Saturday's Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival at the Village at Squaw Valley that featured various educational booths, demonstrations and performances.

Included in Squaw's festivities was the ever-popular "Trashion Show" — in which area students showcase homemade outfits created from discarded materials, ranging from single-use plastic bottles to phone book pages.

Earth Day was first celebrated April 22, 1970, in the U.S., with 20 million Americans participating in coast-to-coast rallies, according to the Earth Day Network.

In 1990, Earth Day, which was founded by former Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, became a worldwide event.

This Friday marks the 46th annual Earth Day, a holiday that advocates for environmental protection. Some eco-friendly practices to implement include:

• Conserving water by repairing leaks, installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances, and landscaping with drought-tolerant vegetation.

• Not using single-use products such as disinfectant wipes, plastic checkout bags and plastic bottles.

• Walking, biking or using public transit more to get to destinations.

• Recycling plastic, paper, glass, aluminium cans and cardboard.