8 Low-Commitment Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

8 Low-Commitment, Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions
Sustainable New Year's Resolutions

In all honesty, we’re completely over having generic New Year’s resolutions that require massive lifestyle changes like eliminating gluten or saving $10,000 in a year.

It’s clear that when you start to make little, impactful changes, those big resolutions just seem to fall into place and act as the cherry on top of what our small, sustainable New Year’s resolutions initially were set out to be.

Our belief is that our aspirations shouldn’t be made to appease to strangers. They should be tailored to what truly makes us and the planet healthier. 

We know. We’re getting all woo-woo on you. 

But the fact is, when we take on a sustainable life, we buy less, eat less, need less, and use less, which ultimately reduces our stress and helps us be happier in our personal and professional relationships. 

It’s an undeniably positive snowball effect.

It’s true that we’re imperfect and that amount of food, plastics, time, money, and energy we’ve personally wasted is incalculable. But the simple, overall goal is to just try to be better. 

In an effort to help you take on a slow, impactful lifestyle, try to choose one or two of our 8 Low-Commitment, Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions to facilitate in making you a better you for the start of a new decade. 

8 Low-Commitment Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

1. Swap Out One Wasteful Item

Cotton swab abuser? Wet wipe junkie? Plastic bottle connoisseur?

We’re guilty of all three. Choose one and ditch it. 

Much like dieting, we can’t imagine giving up all of our favorite conveniences at once. It’s a sure-fire way to get overwhelmed and just give up your new resolution entirely. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with starting by taking out one wasteful item and working in the others at your own pace.

You could be well on your way to zero waste by 2021.

2. Choose One Local Company to Support

Much like choosing just one polluting product to part ways with, think of something you buy from a big box store regularly and see if you can find a local swap, like a bar of really good chocolate or fair-trade coffee.

We’ve gone on and on about why it’s important to shop local or B-Corp, but we also know that these items come at a much higher price. Try it out once a month and see how it makes you feel. If buying local works with your budget and schedule, you’re doing more for the planet than you realize.

3. Go Secondhand

It just so happens that whenever we wear second-hand clothes, people tend to compliment our ‘fits more. Sure, it takes more time to sift through racks at your local thrift store or clothing exchange, but it’s also something that can easily be converted into a hobby or even a career with apps like DePop.

Oftentimes you get higher quality clothing for less than the price of new fast fashion. And who doesn’t like having the most unique wardrobe of their friends? Call us vein, but if we can look good while living sustainably, we’ll take it.

4. Buy Less

Hate shopping altogether?

Great. This is the easiest way to live sustainably all year long. Consumerism is overwhelming. There’s always that new thing we “need” to buy or huge sale we just can’t miss. 

Unless you absolutely need it, skip it or just simply see how long you can go without it. Baby steps.

5. Make One Store-bought Item at Home

If you’ve ever lived in a foreign country, you know that many of the conveniences you’re used to having at your fingertips aren’t easily accessible to you anymore. Some view this as a downside, but for us, it was an opportunity to try our hand at being the creators of what we love.

Shoot your shot at recreating your favorite snack, skincare product, or houseware item. You might even find that people love your version more, resulting in that side hustle you always dreamed of.

6. Be Mindful

Much like buying less, this one’s free. 

Just simply be aware.

We say this a lot, and it’s undoubtedly easier said than done. But when you know what is wasteful and what isn’t, you’re a part of the solution.

Similarly to understanding the nutrition facts of your favorite IPA or baked goods, you can make a more educated decision as to how much you consume and the frequency in which you consume it.

Knowledge of brands, actions, and people who choose to partake in the sustainability movement helps you make better day-to-day decisions.

Start slow and incorporate more when you can.

7. Carpool, Walk, or Bike When You Can

Oh, how we miss living in a walkable and bike-friendly city. The amount we saved on gas and ride share’s helped us accumulate wealth without even trying.

We know this option isn’t convenient for everyone, but when you can carpool, walk, or bike your most common routes, you reap the benefits of an eco-friendly life, saved money, and health goals being met.

Three birds, one stone.

8. Say No

We had the privilege of hearing Arianna Huffington speak at the 2018 #GIRLBOSS Rally in Brooklyn. 

If there’s anything we took from that busy day, it was when she said, “‘No.’ is a complete sentence.”

Let 2020 be your opportunity to refuse stuff. Whether it be plans you don’t really want to attend, a receipt you’re just going to toss in the trash, or extra food you might not necessarily need to consume. 

Permitting yourself to refuse is a subtle form of both self-care and activism, two things you’ve likely been looking to incorporate into your routine. 

Take Things Slow

We really can’t imagine trying to take on more than one or two of these, so move slow. Maybe your sustainable New Year’s Resolution could even be to try one resolution a month. But in a culture of fast food, fast fashion, and fast cars, be the one who takes their time and does things right.

Which of these Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions have you tried? Which would you recommend to a friend or family member who’s got a problem with waste?

Let us know in the comments below. Happy Holidays, Slacktivists. See you in 2020.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility and How it Affects You

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What is Corporate Social Responsibility and How Does it Affect You?

At Down to Donate, we’ve made it our beeswax to be more environmentally and socially responsible.

Call us naive, but we like to assume those are some of your top priorities too.

And because it’s one of your priorities, the likelihood that you want either work for or support companies who also prioritize being socially and environmentally responsible is probably pretty high.

So how can we know which companies actually care? Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a buzzword businesses love tossing around more and more these days, but what does it really mean? 

Is it choosing a random nonprofit to donate to once a year without the company consulting its employees for ideas or input? Or is it actually partnering with a nonprofit to create a mutually beneficial relationship?

And what’s the difference between CSR and Corporate Philanthropy? Aren’t there a bunch of types of corporate philanthropy? And don’t those types have their own rules? 

We feel you. On top of trying to be a change-maker yourself, it gets real hard to support and work for companies that share your beliefs.

But don’t worry, we got you. We’re gonna do what we always do and simply break down what Corporate Social Responsibility is and how it affects you.

Corporate Social Responsibility Vs. Corporate Philanthropy

Corporate Social Responsibility is the overall attitude the corporation has regarding social, economic, and environmental issues. 

A strong example of CSR would be New Belgium. Yep, this brewery is owned entirely by its employees through stock ownership allowing them to have a big, equal vision. Their head of CSR, Katie Wallace has been quoted saying, “We consider social and environmental well-being to be intricately intertwined.” 

Corporate Philanthropy is the action they take regarding charitable donations of time or money. 

A strong example of corporate philanthropy is again, New Belgium. Monetarily speaking, they’ve donated more than $26 million dollars to environmental issues.

They are truly walking the walk by producing a substantial percentage of electricity at their Fort Collins brewery through solar panels and wastewater, as well as making generous contributions to bicycle and eco-focused organizations, which is a direct product of the entire company having a say in how to give back to society. 

They’ve created a culture inside the company that can translate into communities they value outside the company.

You may have noticed in the past few years companies talking more and more about “values”, many of them taking stances and claiming to want to make a positive impact outside of just business. But why? How does this benefit the company?

It all starts with investors. According to Forbes, more than 80% of mainstream investors now consider ESG – environmental, social and governance – information when making investment decisions.

With investors beginning to make decisions with social responsibility in mind, companies are going to need to meet that need by incorporating CSR into their values. 

By setting higher standards for their values surrounding ESG factors, companies will see higher investments from investors, but also from socially responsible consumers. 

With the rise in socially conscious consumer awareness, companies are seeing consumer demand for them to reciprocate this awareness and are expecting action. Businesses who are willing to put in the time to give back in some type of corporate philanthropy will be a step ahead of those who choose not to, giving these socially responsible corporations a leg up! 

So for those of you who may be looking for a job, this could mean choosing a socially responsible corporation could be beneficial to you in several ways (but we’ll get more into that later).

BONUS: Downloadble CSR Cheat Sheets

Types of Corporate Philanthropy

Lucky for you, there are a lot of ways a company may choose to give back, with the most popular being:

Matching Gifts

With 9/10 corporations offering to match gifts, they are by far the most popular when it comes to corporate philanthropy and usually they’re pretty straight forward. 

When an employee donates to a non-profit, the company agrees to match this donation typically 1:1. So basically, they agree to double your initial donation. Heck. Yes.

The only work that comes with this from the employee’s end is being sure to submit a matching gift request to your employer.

The issue with Matching Gifts is that many times employees don’t realize their companies do Matching Gifts, or they don’t realize they’re match-eligible with their company.

Volunteer Grants

Volunteer Grants are the second most popular in the corporate philanthropy world and are steadily rising, with over 45% of Fortune 500 companies offering volunteer grants to employees. 

Volunteer Grants are similar to matching gifts, but rather than donating money, you’re donating your time and the company donates the money. 

So what this means is, you volunteer with a non-profit for X amount of hours and your employer agrees to match your time with X amount of dollars.

Don’t everybody run to their bosses at once.

One of the best things about Volunteer Grants is companies offer them to nearly all 501(c)(3) nonprofits. So, if you aren’t sure what those are, read this.

If you’re looking for a job, deciding between a company that offers volunteer grants or one offering matching gifts is all personal preference and in knowing what works best for you.

Employee Grant Stipends

Employee Grant Stipends, while less common than Matching Gifts or Volunteer Grants, still make an impact. This type of corporate philanthropy is when a company awards a grant to each employee so that they can donate to a nonprofit of their choice.

Community Grants

Many large corporations have Community Grant programs set in place to help give back to their local communities. These types of grants usually bode well for larger corporations with a physical presence in the community but are really beneficial to every party involved.

Nonprofits can reach out to corporations with these programs and pitch to them why their organization could use a grant to make a positive impact. 

Typically, corporations give these grants to other organizations also holding a physical presence in the community.

This is usually in part to really support the local community, but also to bolster the image of the corporation within the community.

Volunteer Support Initiatives

Volunteer Support Initiatives are when companies pair their employees with nonprofits to offer their unique set of skills. 

For example, an I.T. company might partner its employees with a local nonprofit that teaches underprivileged kids how to code. Nonprofits aimed at helping a particular subset of the population can really benefit from these types of partnerships because, well, they’re awesome.

Corporate Sponsorships

Corporate sponsorships are when companies pay to be associated with an event or nonprofit. 

They offer financial support to said event/nonprofit’s mission, in return, the nonprofit publicly recognizes this. This is a pretty well-known type of corporate philanthropy, but also a unique advertising opportunity for the company.

Can’t Work for ’em? Support ’em.

Alright! We hope we laid that out as simply as possible. We know it can be overwhelming, but we hope you can use this as a reference when making future decisions regarding Corporate Social Responsibility.

Want to keep up with companies making social and environmentally conscious decisions?  Read this blog or check out our podcast, Good Work FM, to hear our founder Monica interview some trailblazing individuals who are doing GOOD things, intertwining business and social responsibility.

Holiday Guide: Gifts for the Conscious Consumer

Holiday Guide: Gifts for the Conscious Consumer


It’s that time of year again when we break out the stretchy pants and struggle to find a way to watch old VHS’s on a new big-screen TV without causing a family fight.

The holiday season is here, folks. But it’s not just any old end-of-the-year roundup. We’re heading into a brand new decade.

As you prepare a speech for your nosey Aunt on what being “self-partnered” means, you’re probably tempted to shop by the influx of ads for those Black Friday/Cyber Monday “Door Busters”.

Potential credit card debt aside, we think shopping holidays are total bullsh*t and equally outdated.

Considering it’s the day after we all take time to focus on what we’re supposed to be thankful for, it seems a bit contradicting to impulse buy a bunch of material items.

Not to mention, Black Friday just doesn’t align with the values of a good portion of our generation, period.

We’re the pioneers putting big-box stores out of business. The legends who strictly support companies that give back. We’re even inadvertently taking down the mayonnaise industry.

If millennials are “killing” certain boomer-approved industries, there’s probably a good reason for it: they’re harmful to our communities and planet. Or just unattainable because, you know, things like a 2008 market collapse.

But, hey! Who’s counting?

By opting out of Black Friday, you aren’t just avoiding potentially getting trampled to death, you’re also giving a big NOPE to the system.

That being said, gift-giving is a love language, a form of showing appreciation, and a fine art.

In an attempt to avoid having to hibernate until Spring, we’ve created a Holiday Gift Guide for the Conscious Consumer so you don’t break the bank or compromise your morals.


Shop Local

Shopping local helps stimulate the economy of your community and is our favorite way to consume without lining the pockets of the corrupt.

You may save a few bucks at Walmart, sure, but at what cost? Not only do they create waste and try to make their greed come off as being moral, but they also treat their employees like total garbage.

Local business owners prove ’em wrong by turning a profit while supporting other local businesses, creating jobs, donating to non-profits and overall having a lower negative impact on the environment.

You’re essentially gifting everyone in your community when you shop small.

We’ll call that “community service”.

Shop B Corporations

Like most of your struggles, we get it. Not everyone has the privilege of creating only a mason jar’s worth of waste annually, brewing their own kombucha or whatever else those overachievers do, let alone being able to only shop local. 

Luckily for all of us, a bunch of national companies are hopping on board with combining profit & purpose.

If you must buy from a big corporation, buy from ones that meet the “B” standards.

These companies have gone as far as making it their legal obligation to have the most sustainable practices possible, meaning they take a microscope to their methods and monitor their impact on local communities and the environment. In short, they’re using business as a force for good.

Check out this B Corporation registry to find out who’s on the naughty or nice list.

Gift Experiences

It’s no secret that our generation appreciates experiences over material items. We’re giving consumerism a makeover and we ain’t mad about it.

Instead of gifting items that’ll get stuffed in the back of a closet, or worse, re-gifted to another friend, try giving your buds tickets to stand up comedy or movies, classes, lessons or other experiences that someone may not have purchased for themselves.

After all, we’re human. And what humans really want are memories, connections, and to be tagged on IG when we look good.

Gift Sustainability

Not-so-fun fact: Between Thanksgiving and New Year, Americans produce more trash than normal. 25 million additional tons, to be exact.

Being that we’re the most wasteful country in the world, that’s ALOT of extra trash.

Encouraging people to adopt more conscious habits can be tricky. That’s why we suggest getting real sneaky and gift presents that’ll help jumpstart your loved ones to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

We suggest a Zero Waste Kit for your trash-lovin’ loved ones. Not only does it benefit them in an educational sense, it benefits the environment.

Greta would be proud.


So take this holiday gift guide for the conscious consumer, pass it around and, give the gift of knowledge.

What’s more, giving doesn’t need to be isolated to the holiday season.

Give the gift of giving by signing up your loved one for a subscription with Down to Donate. For $8 bucks a month they’ll get to handpick one of our non-profit partners to donate to and if they’re real indecisive, they can split their donation between up to 3 different non-profits.

Still need convincing? Listen to our podcast with Kathy Terry, founder of inLieu, on why we should be gifting donations to nonprofits instead oh traditional gifts.

PODCAST: How to Realistically Live a Sustainable Life with Kristiana Tarnuzzer

PODCAST: How to Realistically Live a Sustainable Life with Kristiana Tarnuzzer
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We get it.

Buzzwords like “sustainable” and “eco-friendly” start to lose their appeal after learning, in reality, how hard/expensive it can seem to make the switch.

We’ve laid out some suuuuper simple ways on how to realistically live a more sustainable life here. And the best part? All of ’em revolve around merely consuming less, and that’s free.

But actually seeing or listening to someone who implements those practices into everyday life always helps spark that jolt for those of us reluctant or scared to take the leap.

We really can’t blame you. It seems overwhelming, time-consuming, and even more expensive to support the brands that actually do give a damn. Especially with holiday giving coming up, you might feel even more pressure when it comes to putting your moolah where it matters.

And, hey. It’s possible (and totally normal) for you to even question whether one person buying one eco-conscious thing can truly make a difference.

As usual, we’re here to give you the very cheesy reminder that yes, it absolutely can.

But what’s more, is when you start to turn those little actions into habits, your peers tend to take notice.

This was indeed the case of our guest this week on Good Work FM, Kristiana Tarnuzzer, founder of The Cause Bar

What started out in 2018 as an LA-based digital and IRL community resource for supporting sustainable, ethical brands as well as conscious and impactful experiences, is quickly shifting into a program designed for aspiring philanthropists.

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Kristiana has made it her beeswax to focus on community service in both big and small ways, whether it be co-founding a New York City-based nonprofit and taking international mission trips, or simply just having her kids wrap birthday gifts for underserved children.

With her decades of experience in supporting conscious brands and trustworthy nonprofits, she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to making a social impact of any size.

Beginning January 2020 The Cause Bar will undergo a powerful shift in igniting transformative change via a new initiative for aspiring philanthropists, appropriately named Set The Bar – a referral-based program designed to cultivate and ignite your authentic personal mission and method to giving while aligning you with tailored and curated social impact experiences.  

Listen to this week’s episode of Good Work FM to see how she got started:

How You Can Help

If you want to be a change-maker like Kristiana but lack the time or resources, then sign up for your charity subscription with Down to Donate to get on the path of micro-philanthropy.

How to Choose Which Nonprofits to Support

How to Choose Which Nonprofits to Support

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How to Choose Which Nonprofits to Support

As Autumn takes its sweet time to roll in, we can’t help but notice our social feeds quickly beginning to fill up with influencers apple-picking in oversized sweaters and posing perfectly in pumpkin patches. A true indication that the Season of Giving is upon us.

In 2017, over an estimated 410 billion dollars were given to charitable causes with 30% of those donations given in December alone

Now, hold on to your butts, because a whopping 70% of those donations were straight from fine folks just like yourselves.

Yup. We’re talking individual donors.

We’re not here to say, “We told you so.” But, we meant it when we said we’re stronger when we work together.

Did you think that was a global figure? Oh, no-no-no.

That’s just in the US of A. Take a bow, America! We give more to charities than any other country around the world.

That being said, we felt now would be a great time to share some valuable information we securely lock away at DTD’s HQ. (Otherwise known as our founder’s couch.)

You see, we’ve hand-picked every single awesome nonprofit that you see on our partner’s page and, well, we have some pretty *high* standards…

Let’s just say, if you called us “experts”, we wouldn’t correct you.

It took countless hours to find nonprofits that both worked in tandem with the Sustainable Development Goals and practiced transparency. So, during this inevitably busy season of giving, we’ll save you some time and share some fool-proof tips on how to choose which nonprofits to support.

How to Choose Which Nonprofits to Support


Repeat after me: 501(c)3

A certified Non-Profit Organization is registered as “tax-exempt”. Also referred to as an NGO, charity … or 501(c)3. It’s a lot to take in with us throwing all of these terms around, but you can usually find their 501(c)3 badge of approval at the bottom of most nonprofit websites.

Being a tax-deductible organization means everything is on public record from the charity’s location to how much the CEO makes. And it’s all useful information that you might wanna take into consideration when choosing a charity.

If you’re concerned about the organization’s religious or political motives, you’re able to see exactly where the donations are coming from on their annual reports. Those juicy details are available on sites like:

-Charity Navigator

-American Institute of Philanthropy 

-Charity Watch


Financial reports are serious business, however Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk hits the nail on the head urging us to allow charities the financial freedom to be innovative in an attempt to gain more donors or permit larger projects that may require more time and capitol.

Our man Dan references how he didn’t raise over $200 million in AIDS research by putting up flyers at cafes. It took campaigns, marketing, and of course, money upfront.

Spending money to make money. A concept that’s proven successful time and time again with regular old for-profit businesses.

Why can’t we allow Charities to do the same? We could go on and on about this, but we suggest you watch that TED Talk. It’s undeniable and worth every 18 minutes and 40 seconds of listening.

Either way, do some detective work and support transparent causes that get sh*t done.


Consider this a two-for-one.

First, what’s the nonprofit’s mission?

Every NGO has a mission. It’s most likely painted across their website a trillion times.

This part is easy: Does it align with your fundamental goals and values?

Yes? Great! We’re getting close to picking a charity.

Second, is it realistic?

Listen, we all have dreams. Believe me. We had The Area 51 Raid marked on our calendars ever since we saw the first memes. But we can’t always get what we want. It still stings.

In the non-profit sector, the charity should be able to provide a detailed outline of how they’ll achieve their goals. This includes spending reports, projections and an outline explaining. Think of it as a business plan that’s available to the public.

While we’re at it, let’s make sure the charity is aware of their impact beyond their mission and is able to confirm that there aren’t any negative side effects or repercussions.

For example, a common practice has been sending inexperienced volunteers to poverty-stricken areas in an attempt to provide aid and education.

The intention is altruistic, yet oftentimes there are cultural adjustments and learning curves. As a result, volunteers are often hurting more than helping.

The alternative, and far more productive, is working with existing community leaders to provide tools and resources that will be valuable for them to implement and educate within their society. In return, we gain understanding, help our fellow humans and avoid conflict and anxiety attacks. We actually have an incredible episode of Good Work that talks about this exact setback.


There is an unfair amount of causes out there that need, deserve, and aren’t getting support.

Disaster relief, reproductive rights, mental health, veteran support, LGBTQ rights, gun reform, environmental, animals, children, refugees and what about the whales?

The list is long and constantly growing. Whether it be international organizations or grassroots ones, we believe NGOs are valuable no matter how big or small.

Whether you switch it up monthly, annually or biannually, diversifying your donations is the best way to support the multiple causes you believe in.

At Down to Donate, we believe that micro-donations have the biggest impact. Think of it like pitching in for the keg. We all put in a little, and then our environmentally friendly cups seem to have a never-ending stream of booze.

Micro donations are another way to contribute to the multiple causes you support without going into debt.

For $8 a month you can donate one of our vetted non-profit partners or split a single donation between up to 3 different non-profits. Every month you can change it up, diversifying your dollars that are making a difference all over the damn place.

Basically, skip the research. We got you.

Are you a registers 501(3)c Looking to partner with us at Down To Donate? Click here!

Are you a donor that wants to suggest a cause? Perfect! Suggest a cause here!

8 Easy Socially Conscious Habits to Form

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8 Easy Socially Conscious Habits to Form

At Down to Donate we throw around the word Slacktivist a lot. If you’re not familiar with its meaning or origin, it’s essentially 90% slacker and 10% activist. You may have even taken offense to the phrase before, considering it’s basically USA Today’s way of saying, “Quit Tweeting and start acting.”

A Slacktivist is the kind of person that’s probably posted a photo of a mountain with the words, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” plastered over it, but also doesn’t have the time to dedicate their life to volunteering with a nonprofit in a poverty-stricken country.

And yeah, we get it. So we’ve decided to reclaim its meaning and show the naysayers that we can have our cake and donate too.

So, let me ask you, do you turn the water off when you brush your teeth? Are you not crippled by toxic masculinity and proudly pull out your reusable bags at the grocery store? Are you politically aware and ask yourself how you can do more but *also* still be able to pay the bills?

We hear ya. We’d much rather have fun with our limited free time and unimpressive salaries (that tend to flat-line while the cost of living goes up), so we made a solid list of 8 Easy Socially Conscious Habits to Form for the slacktivist who wants to create positive change with little effort.

8 Easy Socially Conscious Habits to Form

Be That Trash Girl

We’ve all seen her. Her name is Lauren Singer and she can fit all her trash from the whole year in a mason jar (and we’re not even talking a Costco-sized jar, it’s actually pretty small). She makes a conscious effort to minimize her waste and pays close attention to her consumption. Even Lauren says going Zero Waste Living doesn’t happen overnight, but we can for sure *start* now.

Consume less and save more money? We’re in.

Hold People Accountable

Don’t go around trolling people IRL, it probably won’t bode as well as it does on Twitter. But truth be told, some people honestly don’t know that they’re being a trash human, and if you’ve got a few seconds to educate them, do it. They’re probably itching for some insightful tips that help them help the planet.

Consider this to be Down to Donate’s Hippocratic Oath: ‘Tis your duty to drop knowledge on those who are unaware, unable, and ignorant.

Let it be heard!

Tell your pops that it doesn’t take five minutes to ‘warm up the tap water’. And why is your Grandma still recycling pizza boxes? Time to learn how to compost, Norma!

From our experience, these conversations aren’t always comfortable. The key to holding people accountable is the way you deliver it. Will they always be receptive? No way. We’ve been conditioned to think this way of living is normal. Start your conscious consumer crusade with a super gentle tone.

Practice Mindfulness

Our daily existence comes at a cost. And us Westerners often don’t see the impact it has on the environment or communities around the world.

We can’t always be there to police other people, nor should we have to, but we can start by calling ourselves out and practice being mindful. Every cause has an effect and oftentimes, it’s more than one.

Be mindful about the duration of your shower, water used while washing dishes, the food you eat, choosing transportation, where you shop – everything! Mindfulness is all about being self-aware, and that understandably takes time to develop. Starting with just one conscious act a day will absolutely make a big ol’ positive impact.

Skip Single-Use Plastics

Nothing is less sexy than some who is aware, yet straight up just doesn’t care.

Don’t believe me? I seriously considered breaking up with a guy because he would buy 24-packs of small water bottles for his house rather than reusable gallon jugs KNOWING that it has a harmful impact on the environment.

Petty? Maybe, but I like my men *~*WoKe*~*  

There’s cheap reusable stuff, bougie reusable stuff and custom reusable stuff. Either way, it’s all accessible reusable stuff.

Use it and don’t be like my ex. Or I’ll break up with you too.

Rinse Your Recycling

Just last year, China was buying up recyclables from western countries and giving us a serious out-of-sight-out-of-mind complex.

Those days are over, as it just doesn’t make sense to haul our un-rinsed recycling to the Middle Kingdom only to discover the worst… trash juice.


Now that we’re stuck figuring out how to deal with our plastic consumption domestically, we can start by giving it a good wash so the good folks who filter through our plastics don’t have to come home smelling like a rotten mixture of America’s condiments. We love our mustard, but not when it’s mixed with yesterday’s watered-down latte.

Before you start scrubbing ketchup packets, be sure to check out this SUPER helpful NPR article about what is and what isn’t recyclable.

Feeling guilty for over-recycling? We did too. Live and learn, slacktivist. Live. And. Learn.


Volunteering isn’t always an option for everyone, we get it. But teamwork makes the dream work, so get your Top 8 together and turn your next chill session into something impactful.

We may or may not be guilty of drinking White Claws while doing a small neighborhood clean up. Just try not to get arrested.

Head to your local animal shelter and get some free therap- I mean… walk a dog.

The more of us that pitch in, the less work it is for everybody else. And if that isn’t a slacktivistic approach to making a difference then I don’t know what is.


Boyan Slat is the boy genius from the Netherlands who invented The Ocean Cleanup, a machine that skims and cleans the first meter of the ocean to remove the floating plastics. Bonus: it’s completely charged by solar panels. I, in no way shape or form, have the brains that Boyan has, but I’ve sure as sh*t got $5 on it.

There are tons of issues that need support and that’s exactly why Down to Donate was created, so you can live your life while knowing that you’re always giving.

Sign up here and subscribe to donate $8 bucks a month, with the option to split that donation between 3 different nonprofits that totally need our help.

Spend Your Money Wisely

We’re all about treating ourselves. However, we’re also all about knowing where our money is going. We hold the buying power, and with every dollar we spend we have the opportunity to support companies who care about us and the planet, or companies who just want those Benjamins.

We’re as guilty as the next guy when it comes to putting our money into the hands of greedy conglomerates, but all it takes is a little bit of research to find out just what these companies do with your dollars.

For instance, is the companies mission a pipeline or renewable energy? Are they helping or hurting communities? Do they pay their employee’s livable wages?

In other words, are they ethical?

A Certified B Corporation is a for-profit business that not only holds itself to a high social and environmental standard, but they also make it their legal obligation to do so. Becoming a B Corporation is no easy task. However, the more consumers require companies to have sustainable practices, the more companies will follow suit and be socially responsible.

With over 2,000 companies that are certified in over 50 different countries, we have options to put our money where our values are.

Check the Certified B Corp Directory to find out which companies are making conscious efforts to be a force for good.

The Takeaway

Is this shift from constant consumer to conscious consumer going to be easy? Nope. We didn’t even listen to the “Water – Use it wisely” ads back in the ’90s, and now look what’s happening!

But now more than ever, the information is flowing and all of the dirty secrets corporations thought we’d never find out about them is as available as the plastic water bottles they told us not to worry about. We have the power and we can quite literally make or break our own futures.

Feeling overwhelmed? That’s a-okay. Share this with a friend and brainstorm together on how you can go from hopeless to hopeful with these 8 easy socially conscious habits.

Want to hear more about for-profit businesses making a social and environmental impact? Check out the Good Work Podcast to hear Monica, founder of Down to Donate, interview some change-makers who are paving the way for a greener, more sustainable planet.

GIVEAWAY: Over $300 Worth of Eco-Friendly Goods

GIVEAWAY: Over $300 Worth of Eco-Friendly Goods

You guys have been so good, you deserve to be rewarded. But not just any kind of reward, we’re talking hundreds of dollars worth of eco-friendly brands and brands that support nonprofits.

Why are we so eager to spoil you? Because we believe each purchase you make can do one of two things:

1.) It can impact the environment in a positive way

2.) It can impact the environment in a negative way.

We know you want your purchases to hold some positive power, but it’s possible you might not know where to start when it comes to supporting eco-friendly brands or brands that support nonprofits.

So we’ve partnered with some of the best ones out there to get you on your way to living a sustainable life that’s good for you, the planet, animals, and nonprofits.

One might say this is the best giveaway of all time.

So what do you have to do to enter? We’re glad you asked.

1.Go to our Instagram

2. Like the giveaway post. It’ll be our most recent post.

3. Follow @_downtodonate + at least one other account tagged in the picture.

4. Tag a friend in the comments below

Giveaway will be closed on 10/17/2019.

Now, if you really want to win you can follow one or more of the steps below to get more entries.

-Share our giveaway post on your IG stories and tag @_downtodonate (3 extra entries)

-Sign up for our newsletter (5 extra entries)

-Start your charity subscription service with Down to Donate (10 extra entries)

What’s included in the giveaway?

A gorgeous tote from Out of the Woods Bags, a pound of beans and a t-shirt from Dean’s Beans, two pairs of socks from BOLD Socks, beautifully scented toiletries from SoapBox Soaps, one seasonal issue of Womanly Mag, As many rolls of Who Gives a Crap TP as we can fit, two pairs of Voyce Threads socks, Etee reusable food wraps, $50 gift card from Gifts for Good, a Charity Charge T-Shirt and Koozies, a Down to Donate hat.

Good luck to each of you <3

Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

The Down Diaries: Vol.1

Hey. Welcome. We’re stoked to have you.

It’s particularly cool that you’re here because this means you’re ready to do something. This means you’ve been looking for a solution on how to make donating to nonprofits easier, and it’s possible that we’re the answer.

That’s dope. But what you’re doing is much bigger than just that.

Sure, mindlessly donating is awesome. I mean, we mindlessly do lots of things; sing, tap, spend, eat, eat, and eat. So, adding social good to that list almost makes you some kind of superhuman. As if you’re… unstoppable.

Okay. Let’s not get carried away.

This kind of thing we’re doing, Down to Donate, only works if we’re all in it together. Sure, you can boast over drinks about how you just signed up for this cool, new service that’s founded by two incredibly charming and talented young ladies, but what difference does that make if the person you’re telling that undeniably wonderful news to doesn’t care?

Well, here’s where you step in. It’s now your job to make them care.

If you’re anything like us, you’d sprinkle a couple facts on ‘em. Something like:

Bet ya didn’t know the majority of all donations in the U.S. are made by individuals, and around $400 billion are donated every year.


Did you know a nonprofit’s support base is made up less than 10% of recurring donations? Don’t you have, like, eight different subscription services already?

We’re a little sassy, so feel free to add your own friendly twang when it comes to spreading the word.

Today, this is the most information we’ve ever had available to us. And in the fastest amount of time. Tomorrow will out-do today. And the day after that will out-do tomorrow.

It’s our responsibility to educate the people about issues that both, directly and indirectly, affect us. This doesn’t have to be a political thing. It doesn’t have to be a look-at-me-I-donate-to-charities kind of thing either. Although, we think the whole being-humble-about-giving-back thing is kind of dated.

It does, however, have to be about being aware. But more importantly, doing something, even the smallest action based on that awareness.

You know what our goals are, and they’re honestly not that outlandish. We just need a few good people who are passionate about equality in order for this platform to work.

We’re pumped for what’s next. Keep on signing up.

Monica Weintraub