Just as showing a loved one how much you care should extend beyond Valentine’s Day, protecting the planet should be on everyone’s mind on Earth Day … and every day.
Sunday, April 22 is an opportunity for all of us to be mindful of the environment, and to take actions that decrease any negative impact. But, when you think about it, shouldn’t Earth Day be celebrated all year?
Here at Goodwill Central Coast, stewardship for the Earth is part of our mission each and every day. We are proud to be the community’s go-to spot for leaving gently used items for others to reuse or repurpose. It makes sense — and it saves cents, too.
On Earth Day, and every day throughout the year, Goodwill Central Coast’s donation centers stand ready to receive your clothes, toys, furniture, electronics and other items. By donating to Goodwill, you know those items will be reused by someone else, rather than having them take up space in our local landfills.
Some tips to consider
In the spirit of Earth Day, Goodwill offers these tips on how you can protect our planet by reusing and repurposing:
- The next time you believe you need a new outfit, stop and think before you buy it new. And when cleaning out your closets and cupboards, don’t put those items in the dumpster. Go instead to your nearest Goodwill Central Coast donation center and drop off those items you no longer need. And then begin browsing … you just might just find something you like even better.
- The one-time use — and disposal — of plastic kitchen items is a leading cause of plastic pollution. Rather than use plastic or disposable dishes, glasses and silverware, head to Goodwill and purchase casual sets for picnics, camping, tailgates and other uses at one of our stores.
- Think of Goodwill when it comes time to upgrade and replace your consumer electronics items. Many Goodwill donation centers accept used computers, radios, television sets, and other electronics that are easily reconditioned and sold through our retail locations, thus keeping them out of landfills.
Remember, 60 percent of global greenhouse gas comes from what we consume, so we need to seek out solutions that have positive impacts on our world. Remember, reuse, repurposing and recycling take many forms, and can create jobs as well as helping the environment and the bottom-line.