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Do Not Trash Your Used Shoes: Donate Them Instead

Eddie Irvin

Tags Advanced, beginner, Intermediate

Do Not Trash Your Used Shoes: Donate Them Instead

Soles 4 souls is a non profit organization whose mission to is provide people who normally would not have access to jobs with the opportunity to generate income by selling shoes in their community. They collect shoes and clothing via donations. They distribute the donated shoes and clothing to over 100 different countries providing members of their micro enterprise program with merchandise to sell. The organization is built around the belief that entrepreneurship is a long term strategy to disrupt poverty.  Soles 4 souls was started by Wayne Elsey in 2006. Wayne knows his way around a shoe. He started...


What To Do With Your Old Clothes

Eddie Irvin

What To Do With Your Old Clothes

In my last post I brought up the fact that only around 15% of all textiles are recycled. That means that 85% or 26,000,000,000 lbs. of textiles are thrown away every single year. In this article you will learn about some organizations that recycle clothes as well as other things that can be done with old or unwanted clothing. Shop Consciously The first thing to do is to shop consciously. Shopping consciously helps you lessen the likely hood of having unwanted clothing. To do this simply think about the reason you are buying clothes. Take for example homecoming.  If someone...


How Cotton Is Contributing To The Worlds Water Crisis

Eddie Irvin

How Cotton Is Contributing To The Worlds Water Crisis

  The zero waste community seems to have a real love hate relationship with cotton. Some members of the community love cotton on the grounds that it is a better alternative to plastic when used to make things like shopping and produce bags. Other members hate cotton for the extreme amount of water the plant requires and low recycling rates. Then there are those of us who are not sure where we lie. The goal of this article is to give a little context to both sides and present some alternatives that merge the best of both worlds.    "Want...


No More Butts!

Eddie Irvin

No More Butts!

  Every year more than 5 trillion cigarettes are smoked yet smoking is currently at a all time low. The CDC started tracking smoking in 1965. In 1965 42.4% of all Americans smoked. The most recent CDC data shows that rate is now a mere 15.5%. Yet even at this all time low there are still 1.3 billion smokers world wide. 5 waste reducing secrets The Problem  The parts of a cigarettes are pictured below. The two main parts are the rod and the filter. As the cigarettes rod is smoked it releases over  90 toxic gases. The purpose of...


How Two 6th Graders Got Starbucks To Make A #bettercup

Eddie Irvin

Tags Advanced, beginner, Intermediate

How Two 6th Graders Got Starbucks To Make A #bettercup

We often tell children that they can be or do anything if they put there mind to it. Mya and Eve two 11 year olds from Calgary, Canada proved that old adage true.   When Mya and Eve received a science project about disposable cups they were shocked by the amount of disposable cups that end up I the landfill, oceans and streets every year. They couldn't believe that companies were allowing such waste to tartar our environment. They decided on that day that they would do what they could to fix the problem. It turns out they could do...

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