For the fourth year in a row, our PROPS partner this holiday season is Save Our Springs Alliance! Pick up your order on Wednesdays this month and support one of the best organized environmental non-profits in Austin!
The Save Our Springs Alliance works to protect the Edwards Aquifer, its springs and contributing streams, and the natural and cultural heritage of the Hill Country region and its watersheds, with special emphasis on Barton Springs.
The Save Our Springs Alliance sprung to life in 1990 as a loose coalition of citizens fighting a massive development proposal for the Barton Creek watershed. On June 7, 1990, more than 1000 citizens signed up to speak to Austin city council in opposition to the planned 4,000-acre Barton Creek PUD. After an all-night meeting, council unanimously rejected the PUD, and a movement began to strengthen the 1986 Comprehensive Watersheds ordinance under the acronym SOS: “Save Our Springs”.
Organized in 1992 as the Save Our Springs Coalition, the group wrote and petitioned for the Save Our Springs Ordinance to protect the quality of water coming off of development in the fragile Barton Springs watershed. With the voter approval of the SOS Ordinance, developers went on the attack at the court house and the Texas Capitol. Later, the group incorporated as the Save Our Springs Legal Defense Fund in 1993 to defend developers’ attacks on the SOS Ordinance. Expanding its scope to include building awareness and alliances throughout the Austin area, the group finally became the Save Our Springs Alliance in 1997. The SOS Alliance routinely works with local conservation groups to advocate for the protection of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer.
Ecoclean’s PROPS partner this month is the Movember Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about men’s health issues. Men (and women) can sign up as individuals or as a team at the organization’s website to take the Movember challenge – growing out a mustache during the month of November. Once registered, you or your group can earn pledges based on the handsomeness or wackiness of your facial hair stylings, and those donations go towards treating men’s health issues like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health illnesses.
Last year Movember raised almost $23 million dollars, of which 83.8% went to men’s health programs.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.