Step Into Our Conscience

July 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm 4 comments

Here it is! Our list of socially ethical and environmentally responsible ways to Edit Your Life:

*Obviously use city provided bins to recycle paper and containers whenever possible.  For clothing try recycling drop-off boxes – they’re all over your neighbourhood. Call or email the City to find the closest to you

*Donate to Salvation Army/Goodwill/Value Village

*Consignment shops and vintage shops are the prefect way to sell stylish clothing

The Little Guide To Vintage Shopping has brilliant tips!

*Give to local shelters and drop-ins – use 211! Such an amazing resource!

*Sell or give away on Ebay, Kijiji, and Craigslist

*Organize a swapping party – clothing, accessories, condiments, boyfriends, kitchen equipment (anything and everything really)

*Many charitable organizations will come to your place to pick-up clothing, household items, and books

*Contact “Junk Removal” services.  Google your heart out.  They’re not free but what an easy throwaway solution!  Most companies recycle and donate wherever and whenever possible

Most dry cleaning services will take no longer needed metal hangers!

*See here for tips to dispose of electronic equipment

*Be toxic free. Paints, pesticides, propane tanks, batteries, syringes, used motor oil, fluorescent tubes/compact bulbs and many cleaning products are just some examples of household hazardous waste. These items contain toxic ingredients and should be used and disposed of with caution. Do not place out for regular garbage pick-up. Do not pour motor oil, paints or solvents down your drain or into sewers. Take these items to your local Household Hazardous Waste Depot.

*Have a yard sale!

*Join the coolest club in town

*Donate to Dress for Success

*Or simply give away no longer needed items to friends or coworkers.  One’s junk is often another’s treasure.  Yes, we’re aware of how kids today are using the term junk.  Ahem.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. andrew  |  July 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Big advocate of FreeCycle… it’s a great way to keep items out of landfills AND it’s chalk-full of great stuff!

  • 2. Rob  |  August 2, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Wish we had yard sales in Switzerland. A great way to get rid of stuff. Here in Europe we are big in flea markets or so called Brockenhäuser. Brockenhäuser are mostly social institutions where anyone can bring their items for free. Just recently unloaded a backpack full with old books, dishes etc. there. Check out the Zürich Brockenhaus (it’s in German though):

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