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sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty (Webster’s)

Of relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.


I have been wondering lately about the definition of sustainability. Basically, it’s a word that encapsulates what it means to be good stewards of Planet Earth. Isn’t what we all want a sustainable environment that allows for the survival (and flourishing) of all Earth’s creatures?

Sustainability is what Sidewalk Buttler is all about!

Many of us are searching for ways to reduce negative human impact in order to sustain a healthy ecosystem. At Sidewalk Buttler we are lucky to work alongside individuals, organizations, communities, and advocacy groups who do their part every day, all year long to ensure a healthy planet. Today, I want to share some of these great people with you.

A few weeks ago, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital and the Town of Lyndon organized a clean up in St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville, VT. The volunteers collected 1,700 cigarette butts and sent them to TerraCycle for up-cycling into useful products, such as park benches and plastic pallets. Go NVRH!

Elsewhere in Vermont, the Trash Tramps, a dedicated and wonderful group of retirees out of Montpelier, are busy picking up street litter with salad tongs and emptying collected cigarette butts from our Sidewalk Buttlers. They hit the streets every week, in rain or shine, snow or sleet. Once the butts are collected, they too ship them off to TerraCycle (free of charge!) for up-cycling. Shout out to the Trash Tramps!

The folks at Keep New Hanover County Beautiful (in North Carolina) have collected and shipped 526,070 cigarette butts to TerraCycle. That’s about 310 pounds of toxic waste being kept out of the environment. And by up-cycling these butts, they’re keeping that waste from entering our landfills as well. Bravo, New Hanover County, NC!

One of the best things about what we do is making connections with all the caring people using Buttlers to help keep their communities clean and green. It is truly wonderful to be part of a sustainability community! Will you join us?

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