Sustainable Fairfax is pleased to support Children 4 Change (C4C) in their efforts to make the holidays more sustainable by providing a eco-wrapping service!
Sunday, Dec 15: 11am-1pm at the San Anselmo Town Halll Lawn
Sunday, Dec 15: 2pm-4pm at Indie Alley, 69 Bolinas Road, Fairfax
Most wrapping paper and ribbon is not recyclable or compostable and 2.3 million pounds of wrapping ends up in the landfill every year.
THIS IS A FREE SERVICE! DONATIONS WELCOME!
Also, you can bring your unwanted complete toys in good condition for the Re-Gift Depot!
Sponsored by C4C, Indie Alley, Sustainable Fairfax and the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission
Fairfax Craft Faire- Shop locally and sustainably!
Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 11am-5pm
The Fairfax Craft Faire is a favorite community event! Shop for sustainable crafts and products offered by our local artists and crafts people. Enjoy live music, fun activities for the kids, delectable snacks and seasonal libations.
CALLING ALL BAKERS: Donate your favorite baked goodie to the Bake Sale at the Fairfax Craft Faire and receive 5 free raffle tickets for our Craft Faire Raffle! Submit this form to register your item (or write to email@example.com).
VOLUNTEERS: Sign up to volunteer for the event here!
Directions: The Fairfax Craft Faire is held at the Pavilion in Fairfax, CA. The Pavilion is the big red historic building that has hosted many celebrations over the years. The address is 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA 94930.
This event is coordinated by Sustainable Fairfax and Fairfax Recreation.
FREE COMPOST FOR FAIRFAX RESIDENTS. Compost will be available to Fairfax residents on Saturday, December 14 the Fairfax Pavilion Parking Lot (at the ball field fence). This will be the last delivery made by Marin Sanitary Service in 2019. This compost is made from the food and yard waste collected in our green curbside carts.
This compost is for Fairfax residents only and is not for commercial use.
To ensure there is enough to go around, please do not take more than five 5-gallon buckets (which provides a one inch cover for a 40 square foot garden). Bring your own containers and shovels for collection.
Use of Compost: Compost is a soil amendment that improves the water-holding capacity and structure of your soil, but too much of it can harm your plants. It is recommended that you use no more than 1-2 inches on your annuals & perennials.
Let us know if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, November 15, Sustainable Fairfax hosted a film and speaker event featuring THE TRUE COST, a film that addresses the environmental and human impacts of fast fashion and the choices we make when buying clothes.
The film unveiled the struggles of the sweatshop workers in countries like Bangladesh, and the brutal working conditions, sometimes ending in injury and death. Most often, profits are the single-focus of the corporations, while the well-being of the workers and the health of the environment is simply not factored in. We live in a throw-away culture, where clothes are cheap and disposable, creating an unsustainable demand for the workers living on dollars per day.
After the film, Heather Podoll of Fibershed spoke about the importance of being mindful when making purchasing decisions, and the benefits of supporting locally-made clothing with natural fibers that can be composted when worn out. Here a few of my takeaways from the evening:
- Quality over Quantity. When buying new clothes, it is better to purchase high quality items made of natural fibers that will last longer. You may not end up spending more money if you manage with less items.
- Buy locally made when possible. Buy clothing made from locally grown fibers and support the regional textile economy. Learn more at Fibershed. (Check out their free Symposium Marketplace this Saturday, November 16, at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes, 9am-5pm. You will find plant-based goods and raw materials for textile creation).
- Buy organic. Support organic clothing producers. Pesticides are destroying soil and harming farm workers. And, non-organic cotton can expose your skin to pesticides, causing potential health concerns.
- Shop at consignment stores. We have several wonderful stores in Fairfax!
- Polyester and other synthetic materials should be avoided. They shed microplastics and are a significant source of plastic pollution in our oceans. Clothing from plastic bottles is not an eco-friendly option for this reason. If you already have synthetics in your wardrobe, try not to wash them often. There are products you can buy that remove some of these microfibers from the laundry water (see Cora Microfiber Laundry Ball). Another consideration: synthetic clothing contain toxic chemicals which may be absorbed through the skin and cause health issues.
- Host Clothing Swaps! Sustainable Fairfax is currently hosting a serve-yourself scarf & hat exchange at the outdoor tables next to Indie Alley at 69 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. Drop off your gently used scarves and hats, and take some home to refresh your accessories for fall and winter!
Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 7:00pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)
Where: Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax
Cost: Suggested Donation $10 (Students $5)
Speaker: Heather Podoll / Fibershed
TRUE COST is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.