The Dherbs social media team attended the Earth Day event at Grand Park in Los Angeles, CA this past Thursday, April 11th, 2019. Upon arriving at the event, we noticed a yoga class happening in the center of the park and children running amok playing tag. Crowds of schoolchildren, who ambled from booth to booth, held note pads and pencils to jot down notes about the informational speakers. We must admit that we also went from booth to booth with notepads of our own.
While we appreciate those who volunteered their efforts for the event, we must be honest and say that the event had a lack of informational, when compared to the multitude of interactive and educational activities at last year’s event. There were, however, new booths this year that informed us about recycling old materials and how much water is actually used to make the things we purchase.
You Can Recycle Old Paint:
For most homeowners or renters, the garage is a place to store items that rarely get used. Some things are even forgotten about until the day you move out! Rather than leaving old paint behind for the new renters or buyers to deal with, recycle the paint by contacting PaintCare, a California-based company. Whether you’ve had paint, stain, or varnish for 20 days or 20 years, you can recycle all of it at one of the many PaintCare sites in California. PaintCare is a nonprofit that works with paint companies to make it easier to recycle paint in states with pain stewardship laws.
Buy A Bracelet, Help The Rainforest:
If you could buy stylish jewelry that helps support the preservation of the rainforests of the world, would you? Rainforests provide over 20% of the world’s oxygen and fresh water, contain over half of the known plant and animal species, are home to millions of indigenous people, and provide many natural remedies to modern day ailments. One Million Acres (OMA) sells jewelry and other accessories, and they have a Buy One Save An Acre program. For every item sold, OMA donates enough to protect one acre of the rainforest through Rainforest Trust, an organization dedicated to protecting tropical ecosystems around the world.
Recycle Old Mattresses:
If you can’t sell your old mattress at a garage sale or on the Internet, the go-to move is to just dump it on the street for trash pickup. If you live in the Greater Los Angeles area, there are sites where you can recycle old mattresses. Bye Bye Mattress is a program that works to recycle each part of the mattress, including the foam, steel, fiber, and wood.
We enjoyed learning about these businesses because they help to make the world a cleaner and more sustainable place.