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At-Home Donation Pick Ups are now available in Chicago!

 

The holiday season is the time of giving, and since the New Year is soon upon us, we say, "Out with the Old, In with the New".

During this time of reflection and giving, if you have clothes and shoes to donate but not the time to visit one of our donation boxes, we'll drive the extra mile for you.

Schedule a convenient time and we will retrieve clothes and shoes directly form your doorstep.

Fill out the online form to request a free at-home donation pick up here.  


Our phone number is 844-787-4242

 

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Now serving Chicago, with more cities coming soon!

 

 

 

 


Rewear, Reuse, Recycle

You put your clothing and shoes in a Gaia Movement collection box. Once a week (or more often), we collect the clothing from the boxes. Read more...

Gaia School Program

Gaia provides free environmental educational programs and works to promote sustainable practices like the reuse of clothes by placing Gaia Clothes Collection Bins with schools throughout Chicago. Read more...

Urban Gardening

Over the past few years Gaia has planted flowers, bushes and trees around our ware house facility. This has provided living space for birds and other animals. Read more...

Take Action

The Gaia Movement USA encourages all people to understand their impact on the environment. - Read more...
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  • Recycling is Good for the Environment The U.S It takes less energy to create new items from recycled materials than it does to create new products from raw materials. Mining minerals and milling trees into lumber requires vast amounts of energy. Recycling allows us to reuse materials many times to conserve natural resources while creating the products we use in our everyday lives. Extracting materials from mines or forests is done far from the place where goods are consumed; however recycling starts in your own home. Gathering recyclables and reprocessing them into feedstock for future products is done locally by people who live, work and spend money in their own communities. Burning garbage or throwing waste into landfills produces byproducts that pollute the environment. Runoff from landfills and metals like mercury find their way into streams, rivers and oceans, fish, and eventually into human beings, harming our health.

     

    Why should we care about Landfills?The U.S. has 3,091 active landfills and over 10,000 old municipal landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. However, in the "good old days," every town (and many businesses and factories) had its own dump.  There are 39,044 general purpose local governments in the United States - 3,043 county governments and 36,001 sub-county general purpose governments (towns & townships). One suspects that there are many more old and abandoned commercial, private, and municipal dumps than the 10,000 estimated by the EPA.

    All landfills could require remediation, but particularly landfills built in the last 60 years will require thorough clean-up due to the disposal of highly toxic chemicals manufactured and sold since the 1940's.

     

  • Greening your kitchen

    Kitchens are a major source of harm for the environment. Often times, it is a place where food is wasted, water is used in abundance and energy is used in excess. Thus, when attempting to make changes to go green, it is important to evaluate the practices one is using in his or her kitchen and make applicable changes.

     

    Eco-friendly cleaning products

    Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of chemically reactive and toxic cleaning products which contain various toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions. Green cleaning can also describe the way residential and industrial cleaning products are manufactured, packaged and distributed. If the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term "green" or "eco-friendly" may apply.

    Green cleaning is behavioral as well as simply using healthy and environmentally friendly products. Consumers are being made aware of the ways in which green cleaning is most-effectively used. In fact, more emphasis these days is being placed on microfiber technology which eliminates the need for chemical cleaning supplies, or even green cleaners. Just water alone and a quality microfiber cloth can eliminate over 99% of bacteria from hard surfaces. Using very hot water or steam cleaning is also and effective method without chemicals simply by heat-treating the surface.

  • Your carbon footprint Footprints offer clues about where we came from and where we're headed. Their impressions tell us something about the animals that leave them. But while actual footprints offer details on size, weight and speed, carbon footprints measure how much carbon dioxide (CO2) we produce just by going about our daily lives. A drive to work, a flip of a light switch and a flight out of town all rely on the combustion of fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas. When fossil fuels burn, they emit greenhouse gases like CO2 that contribute to global warming. Ninety-eight percent of atmospheric CO2 comes from the combustion of fossil fuels.

     

    The lungs of Earth

    Tropical rainforests are often called the "lungs of the planet" because they generally draw in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. But the amount of carbon dioxide that rainforests absorb, or produce, varies hugely with year-to-year variations in the climate. Rainforests do play a key role in the global ecosystem. Some experts are now calling them the "air conditioners to the world," because their dark depths absorb heat from the sun. Without the forest cover, these regions would reflect more heat into the atmosphere, warming the rest of the world. Losing the rainforests may also have a profound effect on global wind and rainfall patterns, potentially causing droughts throughout the United States and other areas.

    The act of deforestation itself affects the environment as a whole. Roughly 30 percent of the carbon dioxide released in the air (a leading cause of global warming) comes from burning the rainforests.

     

Latest News

  • The Environmental Impact of Clothes

    Here is something you can feel good about:

    Every pound of clothes donated saves 8.8 lbs of CO2!

    Help save the Environment

    By donating unused clothes you contribute to the good health of our planet. Production of new cotton as well as other textile fibers puts a strain on the environment: To produce 1 lb. of clothes -that is 1 pair of trousers - requires on average:

     10,000 lb. of water
     0.5 lb. of fertilizers
     0.4 oz. of pesticides

    and results in emissions of:
     6 lb. of greenhouse gases

    Read more...  
  • Carbon Footprint

    The Gaia Movement USA encourages all people to understand their impact on the environment. Whether you realize it or not, your purchases, bathing habits, food choices, and other decisions all have an effect on the planet. Because of this, Gaia advises citizens to read up on how to reduce their carbon footprint and therefore help to preserve the long-term stability of the environment.

    Read more...  
  • Green by Gardening

    When it comes to helping the earth, many people feel they are powerless to affect the major factors responsible for environmental degradation. To some degree, this is true, but that does not discount the value in trying to introduce more sustainable practices in one’s life.

    Read more...  
  • Comprehensive Recycling

    In order to make recycling as successful as possible, you need to take the time to sort recyclables into separate containers. Here’s why. Each type of recyclable material must undergo a different process to prepare it to be used again, so items will need to be sorted at some point. If your recyclables are all mixed up with the garbage, it makes it more difficult for trash companies to sort and it’s likely that many recyclable items will get lost amidst the waste, ending up in the landfill.

    Read more...

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Our Main Office also accepts clothing donations,run recycling programs, educate small groups on environmental issues and welcomes volunteers on open days.

General Information

 The Gaia Movement USA, is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We started in 1999 in Illinois and have now expanded operations in Indiana, California, Kentucky, Tennessee and Oregon.
Our mission is to create awareness about the plight of the environment, to educate the public about caring for our planet, humanity and the environment, to run recycling operations and to support environmental projects and programs locally and globally.