In this week’s free Creation Corner for church newsletters and bulletins, our green-living tip is to learn the surprising items you can donate or recycle during spring cleaning (including ripped t-shirts!), and our quote is from climate scientist and evangelical Christian Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.
Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Surprising items you can recycle or donate
Doing some spring cleaning this month? Pause before throwing old items into the trash—you can recycle or donate more than you might have realized!
Just because a thrift store doesn’t sell something doesn’t mean they won’t take it as a donation. According to Goodwill of Northern New England, “We don’t sell every single thing donated in the stores. For instance, we get some shirts with rips in them. But those shirts can get new life through our recycling programs.” Here are some surprising things that Goodwill NNE says they can take:
- Ripped clothes: They might become cleaning rags, sold in bulk to industries.
- Old wires and dead Christmas lights: Goodwill can take out the copper and recycle it.
- Old eyeglasses: Goodwill works with a non-profit to get them to low-income users.
- One shoe: It can be paired with similar looking shoes and resold.
- Old laptops that are hard to sell: Don’t worry, Goodwill wipes the hard drives.
Learn more about what Goodwill NNE can and cannot take here: https://bit.ly/2Dyoprg What other thrift stores accept may vary, so check your own local store’s rules first.
Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
“I don’t think climate change should be on our priority list. Now hang on, what do I mean by that? Don’t I care about it? Yes, I do. We care about climate change for one simple reason: Because it exacerbates and it threatens all of the other issues that are already on our priority list today. And that is the key to talking about this issue across the political, ideological, theological, and even racial divides that exist.”
– Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, speaking at Trinity [Episcopal] Church Wall Street