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Ways to Help the Environment in Your Everyday Life

As back-to-school comes barreling back into our lives, so does the opportunity to do good for the world. There are a variety of ways you can be conscious of helping the environment all while getting your fall shopping done (fall is right around the corner!). Plus, this is the perfect time to remind yourself of ways that you can help the environment. When it comes to our world, it’s always a good time to check in with how we can love it back for providing us with a home all these years. Check out some ideas below to help protect the one place we all call home—earth!

 

Shop Sustainable

Both clothes and school supplies are back-to-school staples. However, there are some ways that are smarter to shop than others. Use this as an opportunity to invest in recycled goods, sustainable clothes and more. Paper supplies are one of the easiest items to find that have been recycled for your back-to-school shopping. When it comes to clothes, invest in quality pieces that are made sustainably instead of “fast-fashion,” which are often cheaply made and end up as waste. In addition, you can shop second-hand to help others’ clothes avoid being thrown out.

 

Plant Trees

Find a school or community hotspot and consider planting trees. Arbor Day may be in April, but you can use the fall as a time to give back to your community. Start a new tradition where every new fall and new school year means you give new life to a tree. Think about years later when you can come back and visit, reflecting on planting your trees and how much they’ve grown! 

 

Educate Others

Sometimes the best gift you can give is the gift of education. Find opportunities to talk with your friends, family and peers about how you can help love the environment. Research statistics to help them understand why it’s so important. For example, did you know that there is an estimated 51.2 BILLION pieces of litter along the United States roadways?! That’s a ton of harm to our planet. Use research to help your family and friends understand why they should care.

 

Volunteer in Your Community

Teamwork makes the dream work! Gather a group of friends or neighbors to help spruce up your community. Whether it’s mending broken fences or picking up trash in your neighborhood, there are plenty of ways to give your community a facelift and also do good for the planet. This is a perfect way to get your children involved, or a group of friends. 

 

Recycle

The most obvious way to help the environment is to recycle as much of what you use as possible. Don’t forget to also reduce your amount of waste on a daily basis and to reuse where possible. Reduce, reuse and recycle are the three “r” words to remember! Recycling efforts can vary largely depending on where you live, so make sure to check with your local community on what can and cannot be recycled. Then, set up different bins in your home to collect the recyclable goods. 

 

It’s important to check in with yourself and your habits, especially when it can help the world around us. Use “back-to-school” as a time to see how you can help reduce, reuse and recycle this year, along with giving back to your community and the world. If you have children, teach them how to shop sustainably and continue to educate them. The more our children know, the more they can help us protect our planet moving forward. After all, they’re our future!

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January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

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  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

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