What is the history of Earth Day? 

Source: earthday.org       #earthday2020          

Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis.  Oil spills, smog, rivers so polluted they literally caught fire.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans – 10% of the U.S population at the time – stormed college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet.

The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement.  It is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.

The End of Trash – really?

There is a good article in the March, 2020 edition of National Geographic magazine titled, The End of Trash.

Many countries around the world are taking the initiative to convert trash into energy and recycle metals, clothing and plastic.  What can you do to recycle, refurbish, reuse, or repair?   

It was recently reported that we are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, of which 50% is for single-use purposes, that may be utilized for just a few moments, but could be on the planet for at least several hundred years.  We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away.

What can you do?

Restrain yourself – fly and drive less.  Eat all the food you buy.  Wear the clothes you already have, and avoid single use plastic. 

Repair and reuse – buy fewer, higher quality products and repair them when they break.  Donate the clothes you don’t wear.  Especially, clothing that hasn’t been worn for the past year.

Recycle everything – Compost food waste, repurpose whatever you can – and lobby for more recycling.

Donate to the ReStore – Shop at the ReStore!

Recycling and repurposing stuff is a high priority at Habitat for Humanity.  We established ReStores to repurpose gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, home goods, lighting fixtures, tools, hardware, and more.  We also get donations of new furniture and appliances as well.  We opened our first ReStore in 2006, and our business has grown dramatically every year.  We proudly state that well over 1,200 tons of material is diverted from the land fill every year. 

Our ReStores are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check our web site www.habitatmm.org to get updates on when we will be ready to accept donations, and when our stores will be reopen for business.