History, growth, celebrating Arbor Day 2014

History, growth, celebrating Arbor Day 2014

Trees are a powerful part of environmental well being, and that’s not exactly breaking news. Arbor Day may not have a singular observed day around the world—through most places observe it on the last Friday of April—but it’s one of the oldest environmental holidays still celebrated.                   … Continue reading

How are you celebrating Earth Hour?

How are you celebrating Earth Hour?

Can you go without electricity for one hour? Everyone surely has at one point or another although it was probably the result of an unexpected power loss. This time, however, it’s part of a plan. That plan is Earth Hour, which is taking place this Saturday (March 29) from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. If you … Continue reading

Organic cotton is on the rise

Organic cotton is on the rise

Organic cotton is growing, both literally and in terms of worldwide usage. According to a report from EcoTextile News, organic cotton could represent a quarter of global cotton production by 2020. The report states that 933,000 metric tons of cotton was standard-compliant in 2012, or in other words, grown in accordance with sustainability guidelines. While … Continue reading

Feb. 14: Recycle your relationship on V-Day

Feb. 14: Recycle your relationship on V-Day

Valentine’s Day: a great day for many, a lonely day for some, and a last minute trip to buy chocolate and flowers for more than a handful of procrastinating men. Whether your V-Day gifts have been preemptively purchased in January or on the way home from work on Feb. 14, they’re part of over $13 … Continue reading

2013 recycling in review

2013 recycling in review

On Nov. 15, 2013, President Obama issued a proclamation officially establishing that day as America Recycles Day. He went on to say, “I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities, and I encourage all Americans to continue their reducing, reusing and recycling efforts throughout the year.” … Continue reading

Textile reuse: What about winter clothing?

Textile reuse: What about winter clothing?

It’s been discussed on our blog and on news outlets—the global secondhand clothing industry is worth an estimated one billion dollars. While it’s definitely a global industry, the most commonly discussed importers of used clothing are Africa and South America. Except for the southernmost regions of South America, these markets import summer clothing exclusively. As … Continue reading

Thanksgiving, not Trashgiving

Thanksgiving, not Trashgiving

If you’ve read our blog before, you know that it’s possible to make any holiday green, and in most cases, it only requires a bit of extra effort. All of that remains true for Thanksgiving, a holiday that’s surprisingly wasteful. Each Thanksgiving, over 100 pounds of food per person goes to waste. To make Thanksgiving … Continue reading