By Tricia G., Buffalo Exchange Tucson
Our Houston Montrose store is supporting Keep Houston Beautiful through our Tokens for Bags® program. We encourage shoppers to accept a token instead of a bag for purchases, and we donate five cents (the cost of the bag) to a charity of the customer’s choice. We have raised nearly $577,700 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations since 1994 through our Tokens for Bags® program, saving 11.5 million bags from polluting the environment.
Keep Houston Beautiful mission:
“Through education and community partnerships, foster resident and neighborhood awareness of the important role citizens can play in preserving the natural beauty and visual amenities of our city.”
Keep Houston Beautiful (KHB) facilitates programs that beautify the city while teaching the community about sustainability. KHB helps neighborhoods organize cleanups, and beautifies the city with gardens, murals, covering graffiti, and promoting litter reduction and recycling.
KHB also has many youth programs that create opportunities for young people to get involved in cleaning up and beautifying the city. These programs include The Youth Advisory Board, which works with school administration and students to improve their campus environment. They also help with a program called Graffiti Hurts which connects schools and students with professional artists who help them make a mural plan and cover graffiti. In addition, KHB offers many resources to teachers to train them on teaching children about litter awareness and recycling.
If you are interested in organizing a cleanup in your own Houston neighborhood, KHB offers many tools and resources to help you prepare, organize, and execute a cleanup, including their downloadable “Clean Neighborhoods Handout”. Visit their website for more information on neighborhood cleanups: http://www.houstonbeautiful.org/beautification–cleanup.html
To donate to Keep Houston Beautiful through Tokens for Bags®, visit our Montrose store between July–December 2015. Or to learn about other ways to get involved with Keep Houston Beautiful, visit their website: www.houstonbeautiful.org.
If you’re not in the Houston area, not to worry! All of our Buffalo Exchange stores have chosen inspiring local nonprofits to benefit through Tokens for Bags®! Visit any location to see what charities they’re benefiting.