Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
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3 Easy Ways to Go Green This Summer

Everything we do to protect our planet is a step forward towards a brighter environmental future! At this time of year, it’s all about fresh tips for living a greener life.

Here are three easy ways to “go green” this summer:

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#1: Get outside

Summertime is the right time to be outside, and while you are, you’ll be cutting down on harmful car emissions. The more you run, walk, bike, skate, or rollerblade instead of driving, the more you’re helping to clean the air. You can also lower your gas bill and help the planet by carpooling or taking public transportation.

Another advantage of going outside is taking a break from the electronic world. Turn off the TV, digital devices and lights, turn up the AC, and join the world outside. You can get some exercise, do some gardening, read, or relax in a lounger. Your electricity bill and our energy resources will thank you!

#2: Eat green

Growing your own food or buying from a local farmer’s market can make a big impact on the environment. You might wonder why — food is food, right? Not exactly! Buying local can help cut down on the gas emissions it takes to transport food from its source to your table.

Imagine enjoying delicious meals with fresh-from-the-garden produce that came from your own backyard! While you may believe you don’t have a “green” thumb, it’s not as difficult as you think to grow your own fruits and veggies.

Of course, not everything on your grocery list can come from your own garden. Local farmers’ markets are a great alternative to grocery stores. You can find produce, meats, eggs, honey, herbs and spices, bread, nuts — even treats for your pets!

#3: Donate to Goodwill

One of the best ways to go green is by reusing items rather than throwing them away. You can give your unwanted “stuff” a new life by donating to Goodwill! Donate your clothes, books, shoes, toys, household items — even that no-longer-needed car — and you’re helping to keep landfills from filling up with reusable goods.

Graphic with text: Did you know? Americans throw away 81 pounds of clothing a year

Clothing Reuse

Plus, when you donate to any Ohio Valley Goodwill location, you are not only helping the planet; you’re also helping people in your community! The donations we receive are resold in our retail stores to support job training programs and employment services for individuals with disabilities and veterans in Greater Cincinnati. That’s a very good thing!





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Goodwill makes it easy to go green

Any time you reduce, reuse, or recycle, you are helping make the world a greener place! Make a difference and donate to Goodwill today!