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Helping our communities, the eco-friendly way

Article by Scott Durksen, CSWE created/updated June 29, 2010

Green living has become a part of our every day lives,  every one is trying to contribute and make a difference on our environment.    When we go to the supermarket, we now have the choice to bring our own bags or purchase a plastic one (made from recycled materials) for a small amount.    When we stay at hotels we are given the choice to reuse linens, get our bill sent electronically or have the lights switched off automatically when the room is empty.

The question now is – how can we be environmentally friendly and help our community at the same time?

There are a few things you can do to help your community and continue your green living efforts:

  1. Donate tools, building materials, old light fixtures, cabinets, tiles, etc etc to a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials. They generate funds to support Habitat’s building programs, while reducing the amount of used materials that are headed for overflowing landfills! They are an environmentally friendly store that makes sense!
  1. Donate heavy elastics from broccoli or newspapers, Canadian Tire money, baby clothing, medical equipment, etc to SewOnFire.
Sew on Fire sends humanitarian aid, blankets, mini layettes and custom designed cloth gift bags all over the world, to over 70 countries so far.  http://www.sewonfire.com/volunter-donate.html
  1. Donate or recycle your electronics without adding more waste to our landfills through DoWhatYouCan.ca

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Scott Durksen, CSWE

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