It’s that time. It’s well into spring, and that means it’s time to look at your home — including the garage, the spare room, and any closets full to bursting — with a critical eye. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be the equivalent of a purge, however. In fact, there are several steps you can take to declutter and clean your home while throwing away as little as possible and reducing your environmental impact. Here are just a few:
Rethink Traditional Cleaning Products
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] names phosphorus, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals grouped under the term ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ as the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners,” according toThe San Francisco Chronicle. If you pick up everyday items like all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, and more, the chances are pretty high that you have used and continue to use cleaning products with these dangerous chemicals. Even typical use of these cleaning agents may end up contaminating the fresh water supply, which can — in turn — contaminate produce and farm products. There is a better way, and it’s cheaper, too!
Common items like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can be used alone, combined with water, or sometimes mixed together to create powerful, effective, and environmentally friendly cleaning agents. Vinegar can easily clean toilets and pots and pans, and baking soda creates a good scrub or deodorizer for the refrigerator or household carpets.
Take A Few Extra Minutes When Cleaning Out The Closet
Everyday clothes and linens account for 5% of the waste in U.S. landfills, and — worse — 90% of this waste could have easily been recycled and donated to help those in need. Set aside lightly used clothing, and look into nearby places to donate clothes. In some cases, you may even be able to save a trip; there are plenty of charities that will pick up charitable clothing donations. And if tidying up the closet and helping families in need isn’t enough incentive for you, you can often write these donations off on your taxes. As many as 1,507,231 organizations that accept donations are tax-exempt. Ask for a receipt, keep it, and enjoy the break on next year’s taxes.
It’s time for spring cleaning. Do it without a hugely negative impact on the environment. Choose baking soda and vinegar over chemical cleaners, and find nearby places to donate clothes instead of simply tossing them.
Spring is upon us, and there’s no better time to begin cleaning out everything that no longer has a place in your life. Old clothing, especially, tends to stick around in closets forever, and often without good reason. No, that garment probably won’t come back in style, and if it hasn’t fit you for the past five years, it probably won’t in the future.
The good news, however, is that there are people who can benefit from donations of clothing, and pre-loved items are A-OK with most charity organizations. But before you get ready to haul your donations to a local charity on your own, consider using a service Continue Reading
Most of us — if not all of us — have clothing we no longer wear. Clothing that no longer fit us, that are no longer in style, or has simply been discarded behind the closet, never to emerge again. Clothing like this may not mean much to us but for the 600,000 thousand men, women, and children who are homeless in America, they mean much, much more.
If you have clothing you no longer wear, what better thing to do with them than to donate them to people who could truly used them? Charitable clothing donations are a generous token of respect and acknowledgement of those who have no home to go to. The homeless struggle everyday to survive and in many cases t Continue Reading
Have you ever donated to charity before? Current research estimates that around 70% of Americans give charitable donations at least once per year. But imagine if we all did our part to help others. Not only could donating help other people, but it also has the potential to improve the environment by reducing land pollution.
Which types of donations can help the planet the most? The answer is almost incredibly simple: donations of clothing. It may seem odd to think that the unused items in your closet can reduce pollution, but it’s true. In the United States, we produce around 11 billion tons of trash each year — or 30% of the world’s waste overall. An estimated 12 to 13 Continue Reading
The Dalai Lama once said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Helping families in need can make you feel better about yourself, create intimate connections, improve lives the lives of countless others, and make the world just a little bit better.
Here are a few of the different things you can donate to start helping families in need, and become happier.
Donating to a local food drive is one of the most direct and immediate ways to hep those in need. Be sure to give them canned or dry fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors to ensure that there’s the full gamut of vitamins and minerals. Also, canned lean meats are great to give since they’re excellent sources of low-fat proteins.
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Donating clothing to charity may not seem like a big deal to you, but it means a lot when a needy individual comes across that “old” dress or sport coat while browsing the available selection at clothing donations pick up. In addition to helping military families and economically disadvantaged people, donating clothing to charity is also good for the environment, because it cuts down on perfectly good clothing piling up in landfills.
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According to recent estimations, the typical American will throw away nearly 70 pounds of clothing and textiles every single year. That’s bad news for the environment, as old clothes tend to pile up in landfills, but it’s also bad news for the thousands of needy families that could benefit from those clothes if they were only donated instead of tossed away and forgotten about inside a dumpster.
Luckily, a leader in clothing recycling has some good news to offer. Jackie King, the executive director of SMART (Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles), says about 3.8 billion pounds of donated clothing each year goes on to be recycled. But why is this good news? After all, can’t those threads be used to help folks on the lower rungs of the economic ladder?
The answer, of course, is tha Continue Reading