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[ Retail Getting Into Clothing Donation Programs ]

clothingdonations 775x515Things are starting to change when it comes to Fashion and Donating Clothing. From Eco- friendly designers and fashion lines, to retail stores having a clothing donation program to help stop filling the landfills up. The Fashion minded are starting to move into a ‘Green Way of Thinking’. Thanks to many shoppers who are voicing their concerns of what do to w/ their clothing when they are cleaning out their closests. With more & more retail businesses making an effort to do their part, it really will help Mama Earth. #1Thing

  • Here’s a #1Thing that Nordstrom is doing by launching a clothing donation program encouraging customers to keep their stuff out of landfills. Nordstrom has partnered with Give Back Box® , a company that sends donations to local charities like Goodwill. The process is pretty easy: You take a box, put your gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories in it, slap on a prepaid label, and drop it off at a UPS or USPS. At the same time, Nordstrom is piloting an in-store donation program at six locations in Washington state where shoppers can just drop their unwanted clothing in Goodwill bins. Way to Go Nordstrom! 

Following in the footsteps of other retailers who have been doing their part doing 1Things:

  • H&M  – In 2013 they launched their garmet collecting initiative worldwide. Shoppers can drop off their unwanted garments, no matter the brand or the condition in all H&M stores across the globe.  They make sure the clothing gets reused or recycled and not end up in landfills. Around 95% of clothing thrown away could have been reused or recycled.  H&M nearest you. Click here!
  • Madewell- Blue Jeans go Green.  1.) Bring your old jeans into any of their stores anytime of the year. 2.) They will be sent to ‘Blue Jeans Go Green’ to recycle into housing insulaion 3.) You’ll get $20 off a new pair of jeans! Click here.
  • REI COOP –  Keeping used gear and clothing out of landfills is important to us. REI makes it easy to donate your gear with Give Back Box® . Click here
  • Amazon works w/ Give Back Box® making it easy to donate items you no longer need to charity with ease and bring new life to your empty Amazon box. Donations go directly to your nearest participating charitable organization using a free shipping label and Amazon (or other) box. Click here. 
  • Loft have partned w/ charities so you can donate gently used clothing and accessories thru Give Back Box® . Click here
  • Levis will give your clothes a second life when you donate the clothing you no longer need through the partnershiup with Give Back Box® Click here

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[ Cute Vegan Shoes are Trending! ]

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When you think ‘Vegan’, food normally pops in the head. But Vegan can happen w/ other thingies besides food. How about ‘Vegan Shoes’? Yes, there is such a thing as ‘Cute Vegan Shoes’. They are made without animal products like leather or by-products like wool. Fabulous 1Thing additions that can be included in your Fall wardrobe. Or perhaps holiday gift ideas for a Shoe-nista in your life (you too)!


  • RAFA – Several extremely cute Vegan 2017 styles. All hand-made. High quality that does come w/ a price tag. Or course the ones I think are cute are on their high end… STICK BOOTS.They are cute!
  • NATIVE SHOES – Signature Style starts at $40. Offering winter weather- friendly boots, knit athletic sneakers. 100% Vegan company that carries their shoes in women’s, mens, girls and boys options. Venice Print caught my eye for Fall
  • VAGABOND – Swedish shoe label w/ several fall friendly vegan options… booties, chunkyplatforms, flat soles and more. Women’s & Men’s sizes. They have a Vegan / non-animal collection . I’m liking the Aurora chunky heeled loafer.
  • MATT & NATE – Montreal – based shoe label. Everything is Vegan & Sustainable. It’s either ade from recycled or renewable materials like rubber and cork. The styles are on point trendy and classic… block heals, mules, boots and booties and more to chose from. One of my favs is the Sold Out Radisson. They have so much more than shoes.
  • VEGETARIAN SHOES – Based in the UK. Men, Women & Kids sizes. From sneakers to hiking boots to cute loafers. One of my favs Airseal Boulder Boot (Cherry) They ship Worldwide! Vegan Friendly for 26 years plus years!
  • NOVACAS – Spanish for ‘NO COW’! MooShoes house brand. Men and Women sizes. High heel clogs, booties & more! The Sierra Clog caught my eye.
  • VEJA – French  sneaker brand mostly made from recycled and  or organic cotton & wild rubber in Brazil. Price point from $65 – $116. They come in my size 11 and larger!! WATA Black Pierre would be one of my choices.
  • INSECTA SHOES – Brazilian shoe label makes unisex boots, chukkas, oxfords and sandals in cool patterns, velvet and faux- leather. 100% Vegan. Everything is made from recycled bottles & vintage clothing. Their website doesn’t ship to the US, but you can find them online places like MooShoes. Synesthesia Sandal is cute, and not cheap.
  • DOC MARTIN – Yes, they also have a Vegan line of Docs. Best to do the search on their site VEGAN. They have the same iconic look. Women & Men sizes. Vegan Jadon II is one of my picks!

More here!



[ Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month ]

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month

Happy Vegetarian Awareness Month!  If you’ve been toying with the idea of going meat-free, this month is the perfect time to start.  Vegetarian diets have proven health benefits, save animals’ lives and help to preserve the Earth.


  • Reduce the risk of major killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer while cutting exposure to foodborne pathogens
  • Provide a viable answer to feeding the world’s hungry through more efficient use of grains and other crops
  • Save animals from suffering in factory-farm conditions and from the pain and terror of slaughter
  • Conserve vital but limited freshwater, fertile topsoil and other precious resources
  • Preserve irreplaceable ecosystems such as rainforests and other wildlife habitats
  • Decrease greenhouse gases that are accelerating global warming
  • Mitigate the ever-expanding environmental pollution of animal agriculture

If you are a vegetarian and want to educate those around you, Vegetarian Awareness Month is a great time to raise awareness and encourage friends and family to join you in adopting a vegetarian diet.  Here are some easy ways to do that:

  • Make a list of your favorite vegetarian restaurants, or those that serve favorite dishes, for your friends and family—or take them to one of them to see (and taste) for themselves.
  • Share some of your favorite vegetarian recipes with your friends and family members.  Give them a recipe list, or make them one of your favorites and attach the recipe to it.
  • Are you a gardener? Need to get rid of the last of your summer produce to make room for your cool season crops? If so, give those you love a basketful along with recipe and meal planning ideas. Not a gardener? Then shop at your local farmers’ market and give them a basketful from there.
  • You can also organize a produce swap. This can be with friends and family or with other gardeners, to increase their awareness about the number of produce varieties to choose from.

If you are not a vegetarian, here are some tips for you:

  • Observe Meatless Monday. This is a growing trend, and is a perfect way to kick off the month by eating meat-free for Vegetarian Awareness Day. You can also try to do this throughout the month and have a variety of vegetables to keep your diet interesting.
  • Educate yourself about the nutritional benefits of a vegetarian diet and find out the other ways that it can benefit you.
  • Go for one whole day as a vegetarian and tell friends and family you are doing this.
  • Host a meatless meal or potluck with your friends. This will help all of you get more tasty recipe ideas and become familiar with different veggies.
  • When you dine out, try the meatless options and encourage your friends to do the same.

The North American Vegetarian Society is giving non-vegetarians an added incentive to go meat-free.  Pledge to go meat-free during Vegetarian Awareness Month and you’ll have the chance to win up to $1,000.  Even just one day will make you eligible for the drawing.

Non-vegetarians who pledge to abstain from all meat, fish and fowl will be entered in a random drawing for cash prizes.  Click here to find out all the details.

Source:  care2.com


[ It’s Pumpkin Patch Time! ]

Pumpkins, Hayrides and Corn Mazes! Find some Awesome Pumpkin Patches around the Austin area thanks to DO512Family  When you get the Pumpkin for a natural Fall/ Halloween decoration and then do something cool and/ or yummy w/ it.. it’s a #1THING shared w/ family & friends.

Find out more here! Have Fall Ya’ll! Happy Halloween! 

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[ October 1Thingies … ]

October 930x218 1THINGThe month of October shows Love for the Vegetarian Diet and Green Halloween Tricks and Treats and more. You do 1Thing it will help Mama Earth, which is important to us all, since we live on her. Pick one, two or more and go for it! Do #1Thing.

  • October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. Eating more plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits and legumes and cutting out meat will boost your body’s health and reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers. Plus going meatless has environmental benefits such as cutting greenhouse gas emissions produced by livestock by 70%.
    30 Day Vegetarian Diet   Vegetarian  Awareness Month   Vegan Diets Reduce Global Warming 
  • Think Green when it comes to Halloween. Avoid costumes w/ toxic chemicals. Use existing clothing and fashion costumes from recycled materials. Host a community costume swap. Decorate Naturally with locally grown pumpkins to reduce waste and carbon emissions. Celebrate at a local farm w/ hay rides, corn mazes and yummy produce. Make it a Green Halloween 
  • October is Adopt a Dog month. Adopting is Greener than Breeding. Each year 4-5 million dogs (& cats) are put down in shelters across the country. Keep the good of saving their life by caring for them in an eco-friendly way. Get organic food and treats. Buy pet products made with organic or recylced materials. Buy local – the less time spent driving makes for a healthier and happier pet and environment.
    8 Tips for Raising Environmentally Friendly Cats and Dogs
  • This October Choose Green Spirits. A growing number of breweries and wineries are adhering to organic, environmentally-conscious practices and are working toward operating with 100% sustainable energy. Many parts of the country have local wineries that produce delicious, organic products each season. If local varieties aren’t available to you, check out this green wine guide to help you make some tasty, healthy picks.

Easy 1Things that can be done to have fun and help Mama Earth at the same time. Give one or two or more a try. You will be making a Big difference.




[ Batter & Bulb Recycling Tip ]

honey Ted & I ran across a drop off for batteries & bulbs in South Austin, and has locations all over the ATXa are. It’s 1Thing you could do. Click here to see where we were.

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“What do I do with..” Click here to find out where  to drop off lots of thingies for recycling to make Mama Earth a cleaner and safer place to live for us all.











[ Look What You Can Do with a Box! ]

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[ What’s Your Score? ]

SeafoodMarket 591x218Give this challenge a try. How much does your shopping tie in w/ ‘Sustainable Choices’. I landed in the mediocre category w/ 71 out of 100 points. I have room to work on things. How about you? Click here! #1Thing


[ Have a Happy Green Father’s Day ]

EcoFriendlyFathersDay 591x218 TExtDaddy’s Day is Sunday. There’s always room for doing #1Thing for Dad & Mama Earth.  Here are some ideas…

8 Things to Make it a Greener Father’s Day!

1.) Hit a local trail or park – Check out trail finder, visit a National Park, or make it a tradition to plant a Father’s Day tree!

2.) Pamper Dad the coffee lover.  Visit the Rainforest Alliance for eco friendly products.

3.) Get angling – Check out  sustainable fishing

4.) Give the gift of sun power – Hand-cranked solar powered chargers.

5.) Green the gym routine – Check out the  green fitness guide.

6.) Father’s Day grill – Here are some tips for keeping the “heat” out of summer cooking and preparing the perfect outdoor picnic.

7.) Ditch the disposables Razors – Go for a straight razor or a safety razor. Keep more plastic from getting into landfills and oceans/ waterways.

8.) Green Brew –  find out how you can green your brew

More here! 


[ Celebrity Eco-Friendly Beauty Products ]

Here are some #1Thing ideas of Green Beauty Products suggested by celebrities which can also help out the good of ATX & Mama Earth.

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  • 1.) More Radical Revival Treatment Oil $52 – AnnaLynn McCord, Torey Devitto & Cheryl Burke
  • 2.) Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray $30 – Emma Roberts
  • 3.) Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub $17 – Jessie J.
  • 4.) Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser $66 – Jourdan Dunn
  • 5.) RMS Beauty Living Luminizer  $38 – Miranda Kerr & Kate Bosworth
  • 6.) Honest Beauty Crème Blush $22 – Jessica Alba &  Olivia Palermo
  • 7.) Ogee Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths $20 – Molly Sims
  • 8.) Kopari Coconut Lip Love $10 – Karlie Kloss, Shay Mitchell, Mila Kunis &  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  • 9.) Ariel Gordon Nail Polish $16 – Lauren Conrad
  • 10.) Egyptian Magic Cream All Purpose Cream $39 – Kate Hudson, Emily Blunt  & Eva Mendes
  • 11.) The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Hand Cream $8- Victoria BeckhamClick here for all the what’s up on these Green Beauties Celebs Enjoy! #1Thing