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Chic and simple Earth Day tips from Nicole Richie

April 22, 2010 |  8:23 am

Richie-earth-day Earth Day is not lost on the Ministry, and who better to bring you efficient but stylish tips on participating than Nicole Richie?

We caught up with the designing mom Wednesday night at West Hollywood's Satine boutique, where she participated in an Earth Day Eve do-it-yourself craft station.

With the help of the Dasani Green Cap program and DIY expert Erica Domesek (pictured -- in green, of course -- with Richie at left), Richie made green crafts and offered us practical tips for staying environmentally friendly.

Starting at home, Richie says "at my house, we use recycled plates and cups. We avoid paper cups for coffee; we turn off our power when we're out of town."

The "we" would be her fiance Joel Madden and their kids, daughter Harlow and son Sparrow.

"Even unplugging your phone charger when you're not using it, little things like that are very important. The Earth is our home and we have to treat it with respect."

For the Richie-Maddens, Earth Day could even mean enjoying time outside. ...

Nicole-cap "I consider myself pretty outdoorsy, so I'll probably go out and bask in the sun," she said of plans for her brood.

To green up playtime, Richie scored a recycled Satine tote bag with Harlow's name stamped on it, personalized with hearts and puppies, to use for her toddler ballet class.

Fashion fan Richie notes that sporting vintage is actually recycling.

"This is actually my newest vintage buy," she said of the pink kimono she wore over jeans, which could easily be accessorized for the red carpet.

Richie made a studded fleece cap, right, at the event with the help of Domesek, who was on hand supporting Dasani Green Cap's 100% recyclable PlantBottle.

Richie designs Winter Kate, a range of women's wear, as well as House of Harlow 1960, a jewelry line that will expand to bags and sunglasses in the coming season. Her second novel, still untitled, will hit shelves this summer.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photos: Getting in the mood for Earth Day, Nicole Richie, top left, and Erica Domesek work on do-it-yourself crafts at Satine boutique; at right, Richie shows off the fleece cap she worked on Wednesday. Credits: Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Dasani. 

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