It is often really hard to cut down on our plastic use, even if we really want to – simply because there is just so much of it all around us. Plastic has become absolutely ubiquitous coming home from the grocery store without bringing back a ton of plastic seems to be a challenge. Even when we do away with plastic bags and bottles – as we should – there still remains the issue of plastic packaging that now comes with virtually everything. To add to that, many of those things are so common and small that they very easily slip our attention. Like, for example, bread tags. Those little plastic squares that are used to keep bread bags sealed – you probably forget they even exist even though you likely see one every day.
Seeing that they are so unique and small, most bread tags never get recycled. But one teen is hoping to change this. Those little bread tags now have a very special purpose thanks to Danielle Cares for Chairs, an organization recycling bread tags to purchase … wheelchairs.
Started by 17-year-old Danielle Rothchild, a high school student, Danielle Cares for Chairs was thought up after she made a one-of-the-kind fashion project – a dress made out of precisely 5,000 bread tags. As she told the newspaper IndyStar, Danielle was drawn to the idea of collecting the tags after she found out about a foundation in South Africa that was exchanging bread tags for money to buy wheelchairs. She was instantly inspired and wanted to try her hand at the task.
Danielle Cares for Chairs collects bread tags, takes them to a recycling plant, and the funds go towards the purchase of wheelchairs for those who need them. The non-profit has been supported by various restaurants and hotels as well as by sports teams, one of which agreed to set up collection buckets in their stadium. Of course, it will take a lot of buckets of bread tags to make the goal of the first funded wheelchair a reality – but Danielle has kept at it with inspiring determination.
She writes about the organization on its website: “We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about the most pressing issues of today’s society.” She is now in the process of setting up multiple collection points where people can drop bread tags. Now, instead of ending their lives in a landfill or the oceans, these bread tags are giving back to the community!
Click here to learn more about Danielle Cares for Chairs and make a donation.
If you’re looking to cut down on your own plastic use, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!
Image source: Danielle Cares for Chairs/Facebook