We all want to make a difference. It’s natural to aspire to improve the world around you, but between work, family, friends, and all the stressors of everyday life it can be hard to know where to start.
Luckily, the internet makes it easier than ever to find creative avenues that advocate for positive change. So here are 10 ways you can be a force for good:
1. Get crafty. If you have some skill with a needle and thread, you can join the growing army of volunteers making and donating cloth face masks to protect frontline workers. Check out Mask Force for tons of information on easy-to-follow patterns and a list of organizations in need of your donations. Is crocheting or knitting more your thing? Warm Up America lists tons of places to donate finished shawls, blankets, hats, scarves, and more for a range of worthy causes from homeless veterans to nursing homes.
2. Participate in a virtual clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a fun way to update your wardrobe while simultaneously reducing waste by extending the life of unwanted clothing. Even when scheduling and logistics pose challenges to host in-person exchanges, you can still coordinate with friends to show off swappable pieces via Zoom or Instagram. Once you’re done, mail the clothes out to their new homes or arrange a time to conduct a contact-free trade.
3. Buy a tee, plant a tree. Planting those Earth Day trees didn’t exactly go as planned this year. Give our forests a little love by supporting brands like Amour Vert and SiiZu. In addition to their top-notch sustainable and ethical production practices, they also work with American Forest to plant new trees with the profits from your purchase.
4. Donate. If you can, donating money is always a straightforward and effective way to support those fighting the good fight. This is especially true for organizations that target marginalized communities who (to no surprise) are most dramatically impacted by this pandemic’s devastating health and economic challenges. Whether it’s providing for indigenous communities, or impoverished families going hungry, or advocating for a more diverse democracy, supporting organizations that prioritize our most vulnerable communities is one way to ensure your dollar is doing more.
5. Remove waste from your morning routine. Reflect on your morning routine and identify areas where you can reduce waste. Do you brush your teeth with a plastic toothbrush? Meet the biodegradable packaged, bamboo toothbrush from No Tox Life. Use a Keurig to make your coffee? Look into reusable K-Cups, a washable alternative to the single-use versions that you can fill with any coffee you want! With a little research, you’ll find that giving your morning an eco-friendly upgrade is actually pretty easy!
- Use your social media for good. Spread the word about your favorite impact organizations and non-profits by sharing their posts on social media. Or create content around hashtags that are working to incite positive change like #WhoMadeMyClothes and #ClimateStrikeOnline.
- Say “No, thank you” to single-use plastics. You might be ordering takeout or delivery more to support local restaurants (yay!). Next time, try taking the extra minute to ask that your order not come with napkins, plastic silverware, or straws that you don’t need when eating at home. Becoming more mindful of the ways single-use plastics are routinely thrust upon us will help you find additional opportunities to avoid them easily. Try politely refusing the plastic cover when picking up your dry cleaning or, if your local store allows, making sure you have a reusable bag when heading to the grocery store.
- Serve at-risk demographics stuck in isolation. For seniors and those who are immunocompromised, once simple tasks have become severe safety concerns. If it’s safe for you to do so, consider volunteering with organizations like Umbrella or Meals on Wheels to help people get the supplies they need through contact-free grocery and prescription delivery.
9. Tackle all that DIY. Use any new-found spare time to improve your mending skills and try all those DIY projects you’ve been pondering. You’ll get to keep the pieces you love around even longer while reducing unnecessary waste!
10. Support brands that support their communities. Use your purchasing power wisely and buy from companies that empower their communities.
Brands like The Root Collective and Parker Clay not only prioritize sustainable production but they also actively invest in their communities through supporting artisan talent and working to raise at-risk populations (especially women) out of poverty.
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