January 3, 2009

What to do with smelly ol’Towels & tired ol’Blankets. [Ideal Bite tip]

Want daily green tips? Check out Ideal Bite. I loved today’s…I mean I’m eco-crazy and I’ve just tossed old (organic Gaiam) towels in the compost (instead of our overburdened landfills) after they’ve served their duty. Still, this is a much better solution, especially in such a tough economy.

Via Ideal Bite:

Take used items such as towels or Granny’s fur coat to a nearby animal shelter, where cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animals can use them as bedding. You save landfill space and get closer to losing your buzz-kill reputation.

  • Sheltering shelters from the financial crisis. Donating will help free up needed funds for other uses, such as health care.
  • Fur-getting guilt over trash. Tattered towels might otherwise end up in the landfill.

Personally Speaking
In haste, Jen bought a big, cheap, puffy poly-fill jacket when she moved to chilly MT a few years ago. When it came time to retire it, it was too shabby for Goodwill, but not for her local animal shelter.

  • Find a shelter and call ahead to see which items it accepts, then take blankets, furs, jackets, pillows, and towels their way.
  • Humane Society – its Coats for Cubs program accepts used furs through the mail. Or bring them to anyBuffalo Exchange store and it’ll donate them for you.
  • Many animal shelters will also accept cleaning supplies, pet food, plastic bags, and used gloves.
  • If 10,000 Biters take three used jackets to an animal shelter, we’ll keep the weight of 258 adult male Great Danes in materials out of landfills.
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