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Giving Doesn't Always Mean More Stuff

Giving a thoughtful gift wrapped in a neat little package to a loved one feels pretty awesome. Although physical gifts, Plywerk, and wrapping paper are AMAZING and add to the overall holiday cheer, we wanted to remind you that giving to a non-profit, volunteering your time, or buying coffee for the person behind you in line are other ways you can give without creating more stuff.

We recognize this may seem like an awkward stance for a manufacturer/retailer to take since Plywerk needs consumerism to survive. Yet as a collective whole, we all need fresh water, clean air, and landfill-free natural environments to thrive. At Plywerk we go to great lengths to make sure every product is manufactured and delivered without unnecessarily harming the environment, but even so we are creating ‘more stuff’ every time an order is placed. No need to freak out and stop buying anything, we are simply asking you to think twice before you buy and consider the environmental impact of your holiday purchases. If that means you skip buying a Plywerk for your Uncle Rob this season and donate to a non-profit instead, we’re ok with that. If the thought of picking the right non-profit to give time or money to is too daunting, here’s a list of our favorites to get you started:

Johnson Creek Watershed Council - Johnson Creek flows 26 miles from its headwaters near the Sandy River to its confluence with the Willamette River, passing through five Oregon cities (Gresham, Portland, Milwaukie, Damascus, and Happy Valley) along the way. JCWC has a mission to promote restoration and stewardship of a healthy Johnson Creek Watershed through sound science and community engagement.

Friends of Trees - Friends of Trees has been adding and helping to care for beautiful trees in our urban landscape since 1989. Friends of Trees' mission is to bring people in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield metro areas together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces.

p:ear - p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year their programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people ages 15 to 24.

The Rebuilding Center - The ReBuilding Center, a project of Our United Villages, is a vibrant resource working to strengthen the environmental, economic, and social fabric of local communities. Founded by volunteers in 1998, The ReBuilding Center carries the region’s largest volume of used building and remodeling materials. It provides resources that make home repairs affordable to everyone, with the goal of promoting the reuse of salvaged and reclaimed materials.

North Portland Bikeworks - Back in the summer of 2001 a group of bike mechanics got together to open a non-profit bike shop in North Portland that focused on helping people learn to fix their bikes. Their shop is friendly, accessible, and affordable to everyone. Along with their retail and repair shop, NPB has several after-hours programs that teach people how to work on their own bikes in a comfortable setting. All programs are built on a sliding scale to ensure that no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

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