Downsize Landfills, Upsize Closets

A Peacemaking Project by Ashley H.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the landfills. Each year 26 billion pounds of textiles are thrown away worldwide. America throws away around a billion trees worth of paper each year. As a huge fan of upcycling clothing, I aim to encourage my town to recycle clothing and paper more often. My town does not have an effective method of recycling and this needs to change. It is 2017 and my small Texas town must get with the times and help save our planet.


Adrian B.
5 April 2018 14:05
Hi Ashley,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Fish S. Peace First Staff
18 December 2017 10:31
Ashley -- love the opening pun!

This is such an important issue -- waste and landfill overuse are really serious environmental problems, and recycling (especially of clothes) has the potential to benefit those in poverty as well.

I love that you want to start an "upcycling" campaign or program in your town. We'd love to help you get started. You might want to check out our resources to help plan your project:

Or ask us any questions you have! We're ready to support you :)
RaulPF C.
18 December 2017 9:18
Great to see your project, Ashley! Could you tell us a bit more about what you have done so far and what are you hoping to get help with?