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While reading through twitter over my morning coffee today I came across a tweet about a site called Be Straw Free. It instantly caught my eye as I have a drawer full of straws I keep reusing. I do my best not to throw the straws out as I know how much waste they create. Straws seems to last forever! I knew one day I would come up with an idea to reuse them. Once I read more from “Be Straw Free” started by a 4th grader by the name of Milo, I knew I had to do a “give” on how to reuse straws.
Day 231: Day 231
The inspiration was simple for this give. A young boy by the name of Milo that has started a campaign to reduce straw waste in the world.
- It is estimated that Americans use on average 1.6 straws per day each.
- That’s 500,000 million a day in the US alone.
That’s a lot of straws and a lot of environmental waste we could reduce easily. My son and I came up with our own idea how we could use straws to create some fun on a rainy day, make a gift for his Grandmother and reuse some straws at the same time. Watch the video and see what my son Nic and I did to give back to the planet today and “Be Straw Free.” I see a Picasso in the making!
Saving the Planet One Straw at a Time!
Time Commitment: 1/2 hour of art and a few seconds a day to wash our straws so we can reuse them instead of throwing them out
Cost: I save money by reusing straws
Every 90 seconds a women dies from complications of pregnancy. 90% of deaths are preventable.
Day 222: Give 222
Yesterday I did a Mother’s Day post featuring a video made by The Jubilee Project. Every time this video is watched 1 penny is donated to Every Mother Counts. It was my first introduced to this organization and I wanted to find out how I could do more, how I could give more and show my support. Here are just a few points taken from the video above that will want you to give to mothers all over the world.
- 1000 women die every day
- In Tanzania there are 90 obstetricians and paediatricians for 17 million women
- In Guatemala there are 41 nurses & midwives for every 10,000 women
- In Bangladesh 82% of all births occur without a skilled provider
- 2 million maternal and newborn deaths happen every year due to the lack of skilled birth attendants
I am always going to charity sights to see what their mission is and how I can take action to help. More often than not they are asking for a donation of cash. Today I went to the Every Women Counts site to see how I could help other than share the ” World Without Mom’s” video. I was pleasantly surprised on all the different ways I could help.
- Give My Time
- Give My Voice
- Give a Donation
Within those categories there are multiple choices and partnerships they have made to make a contribution that is right for you. I found not only 1 but 2 ways I could help.
- I gave my voice and shared my Mother’s Day video so they new I was trying to bring awareness to their cause.
- I donate an old phone. I have had one sitting in my desk drawer for months waiting for an opportunity to give it to a good cause.
Old phones leek toxic, hazardous waste into the planet if thrown into the garbage. Here is what one phone can do if donated to Every Women Counts.
“A $10 cell phone will give 50 families access to emergency medical care, health information, transport services, and clinic resources. The average donated phone in the US will generate 2-3 cell phones for the field. Smartphones can yield 5-10.”
They even provide a postage paid shipping label (mailed from the US) so it is easy for you just to drop your phone in the mail. They encourage you to ask your friends and family to donate their phones and even do a phone drive. What a great project for a school. As my father alwasy said when growing up “knowledge is power” and the more we can educate our children to the challenges around the world the sooner these challenges will be supported and the women of our world will get the help they need.
Time Commitment: 10 minutes at the post office
Cost: Shipping of the phone (I live outside of the US)
Happy Earth Day month! My son and I are on a role and Earth Day inspires so much giving and it’s easy to participate. What did you doing this weekend to celebrate and support Earth Day?
My son and I found the perfect way to help the planet and donate to a great cause all at our local park. It didn’t cost us a dime!
Day 206: Give 206
Earth Day is a great day of celebration and awareness. I did a number of different gives the last few days on the site about Earth Day. If I can teach my son at the age of 3 to understand how to be “green” in many different ways we too, can all learn something new from Earth Day. Being “green” isn’t something any of us can do for just a day. It’s a way of life. It’s easy to incorporate eco-friendly ideas everyday just like giving everyday. I could do a whole blog just on giving back to the planet every day for 365 days. I found an earth friendly give today that my son understood instantly. Not only is he an avid garbage picker but he knows how to recycle. We were given the opportunity to recycle (note the green bin) and at the same time donate to a great cause.
I have only seen this type of recycling bin in one place and it happens to be a ocean front park we go to on a regular basis. It is where the sea wall walk starts in West Vancouver in a little neighbourhood called Dundarave. It is a recycling bin that accepts items that will get a cash refund when you recycle them. For example, wine bottles, juice boxes and pop cans. Any bottle or box that you could return for a refund is requested. All we had to do is put one recyclable item in the box (a juice box) and this item will be cashed in by the Developmental Disabilities Association for a cash donation. Here is how our donation will help today:
“The Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) provides over 50 community-based programs and services for children, youths, and adults. The Developmental Disabilities Association not only strives to enable people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.”
If you have seen any of these recycling bins around the city please let us know where so we can share the news. If you have a special event coming up and you would like a bin you can also request them directly from The Developmental Disabilities site. Recycle and donate! I love this give!
Time Commitment: 0 (saved me time doing it myself!)