Many small actions add up to big change, and it will take a dedicated “green army” to help end deforestation and plant a future. Every day, every person can choose to make a difference. All it takes is a little focus on how you can reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink and, of course, replant. There’s an old saying: if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Take action!
Around the world in more than 50 countries, useful, stylish and affordable Avon Hello Green Tomorrow fundraising products are sold by Avon Sales Representatives and Avon websites (such as avon.com). All proceeds support the work of our partners The Nature Conservancy in South America and World Wildlife Fund in Indonesia – more than $3.5 million raised in the first two years, but more is needed!
Avon contributes all proceeds from the Hello Green Tomorrow merchandise sales to The Nature Conservancy for continuing efforts in the Atlantic Rainforest in South America and to the World Wildlife Fund for their reforestation projects in Indonesia (Borneo and Sumatra). These leading organizations plant and restore the trees as well as monitor the restored forest, ensuring the long-term benefits into the future. Learn More About Our Partners
“Of all the places WWF works, the rate of destruction in Borneo and Sumatra defies the imagination. Devising a solution equal to the weight of humanity’s pressure on this rich place will take persistence, creativity and collaboration. We are grateful for the support and leadership of partners like Avon who realize we all have an important role to play in meeting this challenge.”
"With support from Avon, The Nature Conservancy has made significant progress in restoring Brazil's Atlantic Forest, one of the most endangered and biologically diverse forests in the world. The Atlantic Forest is home to tens of thousands of plant and animal species - many found nowhere else on Earth – and it is the source of drinking water for 70 percent of Brazil's population. It is critical that we save the Atlantic Forest for both people and nature."
Don't throw away old or worn out linens, blankets or throw rugs. Instead, use them to line dog beds and kitty baskets. Before you spend a lot of money buying beds for Fido or Felix, consider repurposing raggedy towels and worn out throw rugs. My cat’s “cradle” is a former holiday gift basket I’ve lined with old terry cloth towels. Bonus: while regular cat beds usually contain foam that is difficult to keep clean, I can shake out the towels and launder them in the washing machine. My dog sleeps on a comfortable pile of throw rugs that, while too faded to display, make a nice soft canine bed.Tip Posted by DM
Use a programmable thermostat to reduce home heating and cooling needs and save money. HVAC experts estimate that for every degree you dial down your thermostat, you can save 1 to 3 percent on your energy bill. A programmable thermostat turns temperatures up and down automatically; you can time adjustments to kick in when you leave for work in the morning, come back in the evening, go to bed, and wake up.
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Perennial plants anchor a landscape visually, but they’re also a winner ecologically, since you’ll use less energy and water to cultivate a tree or bush over time than to plant new ones every year. In most locales, autumn is the best time to plant perennials. Fall’s cooler temperatures and frequent rains will give the plant a chance to solidify its roots without having to battle hot summer temperatures. Come spring, plants already in the ground get a jump on the growing season. Plus, buying perennials in the fall is often cheaper than shopping for them in the spring. When you do buy, choose native bushes and trees that are most likely to thrive in your region. You can check with your local county extensive service or online at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for recommendations.
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Rain provides a free source of water. If you capture it in a barrel or cistern, you can use this water to water your garden and landscape plants. Most garden centers carry barrels in sizes that range from 50-60 gallons to 100 or more. To collect roof water, attach the barrel to a gutter downspout, then fit the bottom with a spigot and a hose; you can water from the barrel just like you’d water from a faucet. If you’re really ambitious, you could install a much larger underground tank to collect as much rain as possible. In addition to saving you money, rain barrels help control flooding and runoff.
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“Recycling” used to conjure up images of newspapers, bottles, and cans. No more. Now you can recycle any appliance in your home. For refrigerators, this is a must, since refrigeration units contain harmful chemicals that shouldn’t be released into the air. In other appliances, like stoves, ovens, and microwaves, it’s important to capture the electronic components that keep appliances working. Otherwise, more e-waste and the toxic metals it contains end up in the landfill. To find out where you can recycle your appliances locally, contact earth911.
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