DID YOU KNOW used sneakers can be donated to community organizations or recycled into sports surfaces that are used all over the world?
Most of us feel that 300 miles per pair is the limit for runners, which means that millions of pairs of sneakers get tossed every year, instead of being reworn or ground down for reuse.
Soles4Souls is an amazing organization that collects shoes and distributes them free of charge to people in need — and their ever-growing number of events and drop off locations makes it easy to donate.
Another option is Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program, which collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling. It transforms sneaks into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces as well as select Nike products.
While you’re here, check out Herron Park playground in South Philly to see recycled rubber in use, doing double duty as a safe play surface that is also permeable and helps control stormwater runoff by putting it back into the ground…
DID YOU KNOW banning plastic bags in the UK is expected to be the equivalent of taking 18,000 cars off the road?
It is estimated that 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year –- and making them takes around 100 million barrels of oil. Plastic bags take hundreds if not thousands of years to decompose; they litter our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams; and burning them creates toxic air pollution.
Shouldn’t we all start bringing our own bags when we go shopping?
Learn more at Worldwatch Institute >>
DID YOU KNOW cotton is considered the world’s “dirtiest” crop because of the industry’s heavy insecticide use?
Cotton is used for so many of our household fabrics that we can make a huge collective environmental impact by starting to choose organic over non-organic forms.
It’s a fact–and our friend and inspiration Hal Taussig is a key reason for Fair Trade Towns sprouting up wherever we look. Since May 8 is World Fair Trade Day, it seems like a good time to salute Hal for his dedication and to recognize the many people who have taken his passion and ideas and given them life.
Learn More about this Fair Trade Town Innovator>>
When you really start paying attention, you’ll realize that fairly traded products are everywhere. Coffee is one of the easiest fair trade products to buy–and its impacts can be felt all over the world.
Want to go Beyond Coffee? Here are 5 TIPS TO “FAIR TRADE YOUR HOME” from the Fair Trade Resource Network:
Some of the best ways to get rid of sweatshop items in your home and to go Fair Trade are as follows:
- Purchase Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, Sugar, and Cocoa: When conventionally purchased, these popular food items are often grown in “sweatshops in the fields.” Buying them Fair Trade Certified™ means that farmers are being paid a fair wage and communities are being supported.
- Purchase Fair Trade clothes – from t-shirts, to shoes to dresses, there is beautiful Fair Trade clothing from all over the world made by artisans who are paid a living wage.
- Buy Fair Trade Home goods – plates, tablecloths, and even furniture can be purchased Fair Trade.
- Buy Fair Trade handicrafts – from vases to sculptures to rugs – Fair Trade artisans produce beautiful crafts. And, when you purchase them from Fair Trade organizations, you know that no child labor or sweatshops were involved.
- Gift Fair Trade – You can purchase Fair Trade toys for kids, sculptures for adults, and chocolate for everyone on your list. When you gift Fair Trade, you are giving a high quality product and introducing someone to the value of purchasing Fair Trade every day.
Learn More at Fair Trade Resources Network>>
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DID YOU KNOW in the United States, coal fired power plants generate the majority of our electricity?
Coal extraction destroys landscapes, pollutes rivers, and creates tons of waste “spoils”, while its use emits tons of CO2 and dangerous particulates that affect human, animal, and environmental health.
Then take a look at how one man in Southeastern Pennsylvania gets a real handle on his home energy use: