Earth Day doesn’t have to be once a year because these businesses and nonprofits make sure that Michigan stays green all-year round.
By Alexa Caccamo
Featured photo via Rosemarine Textiles
Earth Day is once a year, but that doesn’t mean Michigan doesn’t go green all-year round. Why? Because there are businesses, organizations and brands in Metro Detroit that recycle, repurpose and use eco-friendly approaches for their goods and services.
These institutions below not only give residents what they need, but also protect the environment. Here is a list of Michigan businesses and nonprofits that make Earth Day every day.
Genusee is a sunglasses and prescription glasses brand based in Flint. The company recycles plastic water bottles to make the glasses. The company’s mission is to protect the Earth through recycling single-use water bottles and bringing jobs to the city of Flint. Each pair of pair glasses upcycles 15 water bottles. You can help Genusee continue its mission by purchasing glasses at genusee.com.
2. Cass Community Social Services
11745 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit
Cass Community Social Services is a nonprofit in Detroit that provides many services to Michigan residents, and one them is recycling and repurposing. The organization collects old tires to create mats and planters, and creates coasters with recycled glass and repurposed wood. By taking these “go green” initiatives, the organization creates jobs along the way by hiring Metro Detroiters. If you would like to get involved with Cass Community Social Services, visit casscommunity.org for more information.
3. Rosemarine Textiles
Rosemarine Textiles is an online boutique ran by Detroit native Meghan Navoy. Navoy designs accessories like scarves, silk ribbons, table linens and napkins with natural fibers and eco-friendly materials. If you want to make your closet and home brighter and greener, visit Rosemarine Textiles.
4. Arts & Scraps
16135 Harper, Detroit
Arts & Scraps in another nonprofit in Detroit that recycles and repurposes for a special mission. They reuse jewelry and art supplies for underserved children to design crafts and have educational and creative experiences. For more information on how to volunteer, visit artsandscraps.com.
5. Clothing Matters
141 Diamond Ave., Grand Rapids
Clothing Matters is a boutique focused on sustainable fashion. The store in Grand Rapids sells clothing and accessories made with organic materials that are 100% friendly to the environment. Treat your closet to some spring cleaning and visit Clothing Matters if you are in the Grand Rapids area.
6. Eco-Friendly Pest Management
950 E. Maple Road Suite, L7, Birmingham
Taking “an organic approach” is the core value of of Eco-Sound Pest Management. Located in Birmingham, homeowners can receive pest control services that help get rid of pests without using dangerous chemicals that harm our environment. If you’re interested in eco-friendly pest management services, visit ecosoundpest.com.