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Together we can make a difference, one shirt at a time!

Summer 2011

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Campus California has started operations in Phoenix

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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An activist university degree

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Good earth

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New city ordinance in Richmond. Our effort to get books to schools continues‌

For our planet and its people We would like to thank all our site hosts, donors and supporters for the year of 2010 and a great start of 2011. Campus California has, during this time, collected 5,318 tons! That has meant that 10,000,000 pounds of clothes have been collected for reuse, a number of jobs have been created, natural resources saved and money generated to support important development work done across the globe. We believe this to be a big victory not only for us and for our supported programs, but also for all of us and, certainly, for our planet; By keeping a number of toxic chemicals from being released into the environment during the making of new products and green house gases from being emitted into the atmosphere if the textiles would have ended in the landfills. We look forward to your continued support in this important effort. Our planet deserves it. The need for transforming our old habits into new ones, to liberate ourselves from our fossil fuel dependency and create sustainable development across the globe is, without a doubt, a crea growing one; and it requires us to act now. grow On more: a warm thank you from us, and all our supported Once programs. We look forward to much more. prog

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Campus California has started a new operation in Phoenix The average American throws away 68 pounds of textiles each year. If Valley residents follow this trend, they will throw out around 300 million pounds of textiles in 2011. Until April 2011 Valley residents had the chance to donate textiles for reuse at manned donation centers, or at drop-boxes. These drop boxes are few and widely spread. Donation of unwanted textiles was not convenient unless you had transport and the time to travel a reasonable distance from where you live. We estimate that at most 25% of unwanted textiles in the Valley are currently donated each year, the rest ending up in the landfill. According to the website of the City of Phoenix over half a million tons of solid waste from individuals ends up in the Phoenix area landfills each year – and an academic study

commissioned by them in 1998 showed that over 50% of Phoenix garbage was recyclable. As a result, the city offers a comprehensive curbside recycling program (but not the chance to recycle textiles).

by visiting our web site, www.campus-california.org. If you have a large donation or cannot physically get to our drop-box we may be able to make a house pickup from you if you call us.

There is no doubt that there is a need for a much more convenient opportunity, where people can easily recycle textiles in the Valley. From April 2011 Campus California has started to try to meet this need, by providing drop boxes accessible 24/7 throughout the Valley. We are likely to have a box within one or two miles from most businesses and homes, meaning they are convenient for all. They are located on the neighborhood grocery store, gas station, auto repair, etc. You can find the box closest to you

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. R We all share one home, our planet; we must all take part and consider the impact our actions have for the future.

The 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. We hear the term over and over, almost like a mantra, how important it is to do these things, and about what happens if we don’t. One of the most common perceptions is that when we talk about the 3R’s, we are talking about solutions for what to do with solid waste, or in other words “garbage”. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to consider them as components, stepping stones towards a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle instead. Reduce – In most people’s everyday life, this concept could simply mean: If you don’t need it, don’t buy it! Do you really need a 28 pack of 16 oz. water bottles for your home, or can you just get (the same brand, same water) a 5 gallons container? It will probably take up less space in your fridge anyway… and it’s cheaper as well! Product packaging is generally one of the areas

mentioned a lot for its wastefulness, but you can also just reduce your need to buy things, for example by making or growing them yourself. A small vegetable garden is a perfect sustainability project for almost anybody, growing your own food is fun and rewarding and you don’t even have to own a lot of land to do it. There are a number of options like simple large pots or planter boxes you can keep on your balcony or patio, and there are an increasing number of urban garden projects in many cities where you can get involved. These programs often provide hands-on training as well! Reuse – every time we have an item that we are going to dispose of, we should first look at it and say: “What could this still be used for?” Even seemingly mundane stuff like yoghurt containers or plastic disposable can be turned into things like seedling holders for tomatoes, cucumbers or any

other vegetables for your little growing project. Any time we reuse an item, we save a lot of resources and energy that would otherwise be needed to make something new to fulfill the same function. Some items, however we can’t use any more, even though they are still in a good

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condition. Like that cute purple top you picked up at a sale some years back, or those cool pants you love but just can’t see yourself wearing them anymore. It is very simple to reuse clothing, it is meant to be worn, so all we need to do is to find someone who will. A clothing donation box is a perfect way to get your no longer wanted pieces of

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Continued apparel underway to be useful again. Campus California collects this clothing and sends it on its way to places where used clothing is often the only affordable option for the people. Recycle – The last component of the 3R’s, recycling refers to returning no longer usable products to the industry in the form of base materials, to be used to make new products. To collect bottles and cans to be melted down and made into new

bottles and cans is where it all started (for the modern age), but we have progressed a long way from there. The nature of recycling has changed from being about the few things we remove from the garbage towards the garbage itself being only the few things we don’t know how to recycle just yet. The everincreasing list of items you can place into your blue recycling cart is a very good example of this. The main benefits of recycling are that it saves energy (energy=oil, mostly) compared to using virgin materials to make a product and we can avoid the negative environmental effects associated with mining and production of raw materials. A small portion of the textiles collected in Campus California’s donation boxes are no longer in a wearable condition, these usually end up sold to fiber-makers to be recycled into threads. These threads can then be used to make

new clothing or other textile products, saving a lot of water and pollution from chemicals that would normally be used to grow the cotton and produce the fabric, including highly toxic dyes. When considering the relative value or importance of the 3R’s, a rule of thumb is that reuse is better for the environment than recycling and that reduce is better than reuse. That said, however all three of them have an indispensable role in our efforts as a society to change our lifestyle and our approach towards planet Earth. We need to make these changes in order to satisfy the needs of future generations. If you are interested in learning more about the environmental impacts of textile recycling, please visit our website www.campus-california.org.

An activist university degree Campus California’s recycling program has kept from the landfills 3,554 tons of clothes in 2010 alone. In 2011 we have further expanded our operations to Phoenix, AZ. With the proceeds generated by our collection activities, Campus California, now, supports other non-profit organizations running programs that enable young

people to take part in sustainable development work. In 2012 two of this institutions will offer a new program; an activist teacher training program, with a clear departure from popular academia and it prepares you for leading people into the future; A new and necessary education for a rapidly changing world. You may ask: why teachers? We are

experiencing a time characterized by fatal decisions and events that are affecting the entire globe, crossing all known borders. It is dawning on more and more people that life on our planet, as we know it, will undergo dramatic changes in the years and decades to come. The changes we have experienced in the past decades

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Continued

The teacher transfers ethical and moral values to the children and to the community with his words as well as with his deeds

will be minor compared to those of the future. The young people of today will be around in the year 2050, and that is the future they need to be prepared for. We will be faced with the challenges of transforming our societies;

from their dependency on fossil fuel and dealing with the food crisis following the wake, coping with the increased numbers of natural disasters resulting from global warming, the widening gap between the rich and poor, and resolving the political and economical social crisis that have the potential to become very ugly. The world needs teachers and institutions that will put the future on the agenda. Present and future generations need to have the knowledge, skills, and practical experiences to cope with and be a part of creating changes. We need to take on the challenges of the future together which will naturally challenge the penetrating individualism in our society. It is only from a collective effort that we will produce the impact we need. The generations of today, and the future, need to learn and practice how to create a rich and productive life, in peace and cooperation with each other despite their political, social, and cultural differences.

The world is in need of teachers with the ambition of creating change for the better.

On average, each one of us produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste each day. This adds up to almost a ton of trash per person, per year.

Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute!

A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers -- make sure they're recycled!

A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water

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Good Earth We would like to use this occasion to praise one of our donation box hosts for their efforts to preserve the Earth and its natural resources. Here is a quote from the Good Earth Natural Foods store in Fairfax, Marin County, California: “You won't find us listed on the New York Stock Exchange, nor are we going to open a store in neighborhoods all over the Planet. We simply want to sell our customers foods grown and processed using the radical but ancient concept, care. Often care takes a back seat to the pursuit of the almighty dollar. We feel that this is wrong and shortsighted. We offer foods grown and prepared using a minimum of processing and no chemical pesticides or food additives. If we cannot meet this ideal with a certain food item, we get as close as

we can and make as much noise as we can to change it for the better. We always endeavor to remember that food contains spirit.� Besides only selling organic and pesticide free products, Good Earth Natural Food is also special in other ways: Most of the products are produced locally, which means they are fresh and that they are free of the costly, energy consuming and polluting long distance transport. There are no limits for what you can buy in bulk at Good Earth Natural Foods. You can bring your own container for practically anything, get it weighed when you enter the store, fill it up with what you need and weigh it out again by the cashier. We are not only

talking about grains and the like, but also about olive oil, vinegar, honey, a variety of spices, the lists goes on. So instead of having to dispose of the bottle each time it is empty, you bring it again and again to the store and fill it up. No waste dumped in the landfill. No energy used for recycling of the bottle or resources used in making a new one. The principle of Reuse practiced at its best sense. We very much would like to thank Good Earth Natural Food for their dedication to the care of our planet, its habitat and natural resources and at last but not least for having one of our clothes collection boxes at their store!

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New Ordinance in the city of Richmond Richmond, for several years now the hometown of Campus California, recently became the latest city to change their zoning ordinance to allow the placement of clothing collection boxes on commercial properties. The city council approved the zoning amendments in May this year and after the necessary administrative process to implement the changes was completed, several collection boxes have already been installed throughout the city. The reaction of the residents was very positive; we estimate that up to a thousand people have donated clothes to the boxes during the first month.

The city of Richmond has been on a steady path towards greater sustainability under the current mayor and we have nothing but praise for the city staff; for the high level of professionalism and the very much open minded approach as we were working out the conditions for safe and responsible operation of a collection box program. As a part of our ongoing Books for Schools initiative, Stege Elementary was the first of Richmond’s public schools to receive a donation of children’s books. As a part of this program schools are given between 5-600 used books at one time to supplement and replenish the school library. We are hoping to continue this support to other schools as more books become available.

Our effort to get books b k to schools h l continues… i We continue with our book donation program. Every day the need for resources at our local schools grows, with budget cuts, it gets harder and harder to keep the standard in education and have enough personnel and resources available for each student. Most recently Burckhalter elementary in Oakland, Stage elementary in Richmond and Friends of the library - a parent group in San Carlos, CA, received several hundred children’s books each.

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Campus California Newsletter Together we can make a difference, one shirt at a time! Campus California is a non-profit organization. Our purpose is to work towards the humanization of mankind and for the care of the planet and all its species and plants. This objective is pursued through initiating, running, assisting and promoting activities aimed at protecting the environment, education, international development, cooperation and fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poorest of the world. Campus California collects and sells used clothing, an activity with a very strong environmental focus. The proceeds generated by this activity are used to support the training of international volunteers to work with sustainable development in the poorest parts of the world. A non-profit organization, sections 501(C)(3), Federal ID 94-337-1033 State organization number 2238562

www.campus-california.org

Campus California 15501 San Pablo Ave #323 Richmond, CA, 94806

Campus California Newsletter Summer 2011  

This is the last issue on which I have collaborated in a major way with most of the content, proofreading and design.

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