April 22nd is Earth Day. It’s a globally celebrated annual holiday that began in 1970 to help demonstrate support for protecting and preserving the environment. Now, over 193 countries participate in Earth Day activities. One of the reasons I volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop (ECA) is to help take care of the Earth every day, including Earth Day. We do that by staying consistently committed to the highest possible levels of reuse, recycling, and waste reduction.
Not only do we recycle the obvious things like paper and glass, but we go above and beyond by recycling other things used in the shop too, such as plastic bags, batteries, scrap metal, metal hangers, and fluorescent lights. We are also big believers in textile recycling, so we participate fully in it. All of the textiles that come into our shop are either sold in the shop for reuse, donated to another organization for reuse, or taken to a company that reclaims soiled, torn, and otherwise unusable textiles. As a result, we can happily say that we dispose of less than 1,000 lbs of waste each year.
Our eco-friendly practices have been recognized locally for several years now. The City of Kirkland has designated ECA as a certified “Green Business” each year since 2009. In addition, ECA has been named a “Best Workplace for Waste Reduction and Recycling” in King County each year since 2011.
Our planet needs all the help we can give it, especially now when it seems that many environmental policies may be revoked or scaled back. We at ECA will keep striving to protect and preserve the earth as we help those in need in our community, but we can’t do it without you. We deeply appreciate our donors, who actively help people in need AND help the planet by donating items to the thrift shop.
Have a glorious Earth Day!
Guest blog written by social media volunteer Melissa.
This time of year is constantly filled with birthdays, wedding invites, and baby showers. Making the need for a stack of greeting cards a must. While I always have an abundance of cards, I am constantly searching for envelopes to put them in.
To remedy my envelope situation I recently made some of my own envelopes out of old magazines, that seem to be doing nothing more than cluttering up my coffee table. This not only helped me reuse some of the mail that was stacking up around my house but also recycle it into unique envelopes.
To make your own repurposed magazine envelopes you'll need:
First, I carefully tore colorful pages out of my stack of magazines.
Next, I used an old envelope as a template for my new ones. To do this, I carefully unfolded the old envelope so that it lay flat, and then traced it onto both craft paper (or white copy paper) and the magazine pages. Some magazine pages may need to be glued together to make them large enough to fit your envelope template.
Next, I cut out the traced envelopes and glued the craft paper to the backside of the magazine templates, so that they were sturdier for mailing.
Once dry, I folded the magazine envelopes and glued the edges to complete the envelopes.
And voila! A stack of repurposed, ready to use envelopes that are not only fun, but unique!
For those of you looking to get crafty who don't have magazines laying around at home, old books and magazines are also excellent items to use for envelopes. Another great source of inexpensive crafting materials is your local thrift store.
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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