There is Trash Everywhere! Even at 29,031 feet

Day 251 – It’s a sad reality, but people continue to throw garbage to the ground and waste out car windows and into our waterways. I don’t think anyone can walk anywhere without finding trash where it doesn’t belong. Even atop Mt. Everest, there is trash.

On average, 800 people attempt to climb Mount Everest every year. With each of those climbers comes a great deal of gear and in turn a lot of waste. Over time it all piles up and this majestic mountain turns it into one large trash can.

Nepalese climbers removed 2.2 tons of garbage from Mount Everest when tourists were away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cleaning expedition was lead by activist and mountaineer Dawa Steven Sherpa and took 47 days to complete. The climbers braved harsh conditions and managed to clean the eight highest mountains in Nepal.

So, the next time you find trash where it doesn’t belong, think about those Nepalese climbers and what they endured to help clean the planet. It will probably make that effort of bending over to pick up that trash and place it in the nearest garbage can, not feel like a huge inconvenience.

Tomorrow, donating medical supplies.

Trash to Treasure

Day 88 – We’re all familiar with the phrase ,“one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Well, one person’s trash can also be another person’s artwork. Nowhere Collective makes it all possible.

A friend (Thank You Kelly!) introduced me to Katy at Nowhere Collective and I was very excited to learn about her genius idea that connects discarders with collectors who collaborate with creators. This is how it works:

  1. Nowhere Collective collects items that would usually end up being tossed in the trash.
  2. Those items are then offered to artists, creative individuals and crafters that take those items and turn them into something that people can love all over again.
  3. Eventually, Nowhere Collective will also be the place where those new creations can be sold.

When you give your unwanted items to Nowhere Collective, not only are you preventing items from going to a landfill, you are also supporting artists that are creating in a way that benefits the environment. It’s a win for everyone involved. So, before you toss, check to see if your trash can become someone else’s treasure.

You can follow all the awesome things happening with Nowhere Collective on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to check out the fun and creative ways Katy is bringing new life to old clothes.

Tomorrow, a nearly 400 year old invention that has made math homework a bit more bearable.