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September 20, 2011

Green Acts of Kindness: Give It Away

Hungry and homeless Making the world a better place isn’t limited to protecting Earth’s physical resources: We’ve got to improve the person-to-person environment too. This week’s tips are about how to treat your fellow humans a little bit better with actions that just so happen to help the planet too.

Tip #2: Give excess away.

Do you feel a tinge of guilt when the waiter whisks away half of that oversized portion you couldn’t stuff into your belly? Instead of sending that food to a landfill where it’ll emit methane as it decomposes, take the leftovers in a to-go box (no plastic bag, please) and politely offer it to the first homeless person you see. Chances are he or she is hungry and will be happy to get a free lunch or dinner.

The same goes for excess clothes: If you haven’t worn something in a year, it belongs to someone who wants it more.

Tell us: What do you do with the excess in your life?

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