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Oct 7

October PROPS: Austin EcoSchool

Our PROPS partner this month is Austin EcoSchool. Working to provide children an emotionally safe and stimulating environment in which to explore their interests and express themselves, this non-profit alternative K-8th grade school is in it’s ninth year in Austin. One of the key curricula is a “life in miniature” program called Village that gives young people the opportunity to experience the dynamics of the adult world and the tools we use to operate within it. Here is my favorite quote from their great website:

“Childhood is not preparation for life, childhood is life. A child isn’t getting ready to live, a child is living.”

PROPS to EcoSchool!

 

 

Aug 6

PROPS to Creative Action!

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Our AUGUST 2014 PROPS Partner is Creative Action! 

Formerly known as TAP, this award winning local Non-profit has been working to enrich the lives of Austin youth for over 15 years.

Through interactive classroom performances, after school arts residencies and community-based programs, Creative Action works to inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their community.

By dropping off your items at any of the EcoClean locations on Wednesdays in August, you will support Creative Action’s mission to support the academic, social and emotional development of young people. We will donate 5% of what you spend directly to Creative Action.

Thank you Austin for helping us help this amazing organization.

Jul 16

Moving smoothly into July with Kids in a New Groove!

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Kids in a New Groove is our July PROPs partner!  They are an awesome organization dedicated to bringing musical opportunities to children in foster care.

“Kids in a New Groove provides Texas youth in foster care with a committed one-on-one mentoring relationship through weekly private music instruction, giving students the ability to build concrete strategies for life-long success.” 

Click the photo to visit their website & learn more!  Bring your clothes in every Wednesday to get your local donations going quick & easy!

Jun 13

Rainforest Partnership is June’s PROPS Partner!

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The EcoClean PROPS partner for June 2014 is Austin based non-profit, RAINFOREST PARTNERSHIP. We are proud to support their mission to partner with people who live in and around tropical rainforests to develop environmentally sustainable economies that protect and regenerate their forests.

By working with communities to develop and market products made out of raw materials found only in the rainforest or by providing services that are unique to rainforest, The Rainforest Partnership helps rainforest communities create income that allows them to protect their forests.  By developing the market for these products, locally, elsewhere in Latin America, and in the U.S., sales of these goods and services give residents a financial stake in protecting their forests.

Their model is collaborative, bottom-up, and results-driven.  They work with communities that want an alternative to deforestation.  By enabling communities to have an active role in project design and implementation and by using market-based approaches they collaboratively prevent deforestation and foster economic development.  By creating a global network—linking people to people, community to community—they create long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

The Rainforest Partnership believes that the way to protect the “lungs” of the planet is to help the people who live in those “lungs” have a better standard of living, to grow their economy in harmony with their rainforest. Our vision is that, together with our partners, we will become a global leader in the development of sustainable economies to preserve tropical rainforests around the world.

Please help us support this important work by coming in to EcoClean on a Wednesday in June.  5% of your order will be donated directly to the Rainforest Parnership!

May 9

TreeFolks is our PROPS partner for May!



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EcoClean is excited to announce that we are contributing to TreeFolks this month! This local organization has helped Austin develop the second largest urban tree canopy in the nation. They promote urban forestry practices and provide volunteer opportunites for tree planting and care.

TreeFolks have planted 250,000 trees since 1989! Each of these trees cools air, cleans water, and shades our community from the brutal summer sun.

Be sure to drop off on Wednesdays this month to have 5% of your total support TreeFolks fantastic work!

 

Apr 3

PROP’s Partner for April is Big Brothers Big Sisters!

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That’s right, this month we are supporting one of the most successful branches of this organization!  They partner “littles” with a “big” to form a lasting, touching relationship that builds children up so that they are less likely to become pregnant, bully, skip school, perform less in school, etc. 

“This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas volunteers will provide 90,000 hours of mentoring to 1,500 Little Brothers and Sisters; the value of this time is nearly $2 million! Even more impressively, last year more than 97 percent of Central Texas Little Brothers and Sisters stayed in school, improved their grades and avoided early parenting.

The Central Texas agency is ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for program quality (out of almost 400 BBBS agencies), and the 2009 National Big Brother of the Year, both the 2010 Texas Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year and the 2011 Texas Big Brother of the Year were from Central Texas. Most recently, CJ Legare and Tri Dang were both names Texas Bigs of the Year for 2013!”

 EcoClean, Austin’s best dry-cleaner’s, is going to donate 5% of our incoming Wednesday revenue to the organization for the month of April!  Bring your clothing in on those hump-days to make giving back to your local community an easy part of your errands!

Mar 24

Friendly, green home-cleaning service!

We get quite a few calls from people asking us to clean their homes-unfortnately we here at EcoClean only process garments/household items, not the house itself!

There is a small, locally owned cleaning business called Hummingbird EcoCleaning!  The owner is very sweet and stays away from chlorine-, ammonia-, and phosphate-filled products.

Consider checking out her website and shoot an email or ring their number for a consult on their green-cleaning!

Keep everything in your home as green as possible, not just the clothes on your backs!

Mar 18

EcoClean uses green energy!

Dirty_Business     Were you aware that this green dry-cleaners uses green energy for our storefronts as well as production?!?  We participate in Austin Energy’s GreenChoice® to harness wind, solar & methane-gas (from landfills) energy and step away from dependence on non-sustainable energy!  
This friday, join others for a free screening of “Dirty Business” at Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin.  See more info here.

 

Mar 14

Austin nabs incredibly low price on solar energy!

Read more here!

The city is purchasing the energy for 5 cents/kw which could mean lower costs for customers!  

The sooner we start harnessing the free energy of the sun, the better!  This is something us green dry-cleaners can get behind!

Mar 10

SXSW – There’s fashion, too!

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It’s that time of the year again and Austin is abuzz with people visiting from all over the world for this jam-packed event!

Want to attend some panels/events on fashion?  Look no further!

There’s something about moving the importance back to brands being manufactured here in the USA, as well as a showcase for innovative, wearable technology!

After running about in your awesome outfits, come in to the best cleaning service in town to have them freshened up for your next outing!