A few charities that accept clothing donations:
PRACTICE THE ECO-FLUSH
Use a plastic bottle filled with water to displace water in your flush tank: you will save up to 10 gallons a day.
KICK THE HABIT
Transporting water around the world and packaging it in plastic doesn’t make sense for the environment or your wallet. Switch to a filter and a reusable water bottle.
GREEN YOUR WARDROBE
Up to 80 percent of our clothing’s environmental impact occurs from washing and drying, which means you have the potential to have a big impact by reconsidering how you clean your clothes. Wash your clothes in cold water and hang rather than tumble dry. It’s better for the environment and for your clothes. For dry-clean only garments, try to find a drycleaner who uses only biodegradable materials.
MAKE DO AND MEND
Don’t cast a garment aside because it has a hole or a broken zipper – look for a local tailor who can give it a new lease on life (your local Stella McCartney store can recommend a local one for you).
BE A SAVVY SHOPPER
Invest in a reusable shopping bag and always keep it with you. It is estimated we use between 500 billion and 1.2 trillion plastic bags annually, 10% of which ends up in the sea – the result is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a giant floating rubbish-island in the North Pacific.
RECONSIDER YOUR COMMUTE
Billions of gallons of gas are wasted from commuters sitting in traffic each year. Why not reduce your impact by carpooling, taking public transportation, walking or biking to work. Many employers even have incentives for those who carpool or bike to work.
GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES
Everyone knows that organic is better for you, but not everyone can afford to buy organic produce all the time – so whether you have a back yard or a window box, why not plant your own vegetable garden. It is easiest way to guarantee organic and nothing taste better than homegrown veggies.
SWITCH TO ENERGY SAVING LIGHT BLUBS
The average life span of an incandescent light bulb is only 1,200 hours, while a compact florescent bulb on average lasts 10,000 hours and an LED bulb lasts 50,000 hours. Compact florescent bulbs and LEDs often cost more than incandescent bulbs, however they end up paying for themselves through energy savings and lifespan. LED bulbs have recently become more widely available and can be purchased though companies like Phillips. In addition to saving money, compact florescent and LED bulbs also have much lower carbon dioxide emissions.
FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and anything that has the FSC logo on it means that it was made from a sustainably managed forest. So look for paper, wood flooring, furniture, and other products that come trees that are FSC certified. By choosing FSC certified products you are assuring that you aren’t contributing to deforestation and that you are encouraging forest conservation and forest biodiversity.
LOCAL AND GLOBAL TREE PLANTING ORGANIZATIONS:
USA – Nation Wide – National Forest Foundation, Miami – Bio Planet USA and Million Trees Miami, New York – Million Trees NYC, Texas – Texas Tree Foundation, Los Angeles -Tree People and LA Conservation Corps
FRANCE – Kinome
JAPAN – NGO Arena