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Heroes

'Can we talk about the Yoplait design? We're getting hurt. Signed, Your Animal Friends.'

It's causing them to run panicked out into traffic, and other sad endings.

Lots of people love yogurt.

Mmmmmm. Yogurt.


Delicious, creamy, probiotic-rich yogurt. It's easy to see why the average American eats about nine pounds of it per year. By the way, that's up from about one pound per year in the 1970s.

9 billion-ish of these per year? YIKES! Image by Protopian Pickle Jar/Flickr.

At about five ounces per single cup, that would be nearly 30 containers per year for every American. So — assuming everybody buys their yogurt in individual cups — a rough estimate of how many yogurt cups we're plowing through each year in America is 9.2 BILLION. (Please tell me you're recycling yours!)

But lots of people also love animals.

Animals would do anything to get a few licks of the sweet stuff when they happen upon a container that perhaps fell through a hole in a recycling bag.

But too many wild animals without a designated human friend to help them out of a pickle are getting their heads stuck in those containers.

GIF from "ABC Action News."

And in a lot of cases, those containers are Yoplait cups because of their unique shape — wider at the bottom, narrow at the opening, and formed with a ridge around the top. It's the perfect combination for ensnaring little critters' heads. Once they're stuck, they're really stuck, which means they could run out into traffic to meet their doom, or eventually starve and suffocate to death.

Image by TheImpulsiveBuy/Flickr, adapted.

So the Humane Society is asking Yoplait to take some action to make it better. "Change your packaging!" they plead. And Yoplait's pretty much like, "Sorry! Not our problem. Besides, we have this little blurb telling people they should crush the container when it's empty."

UGH. Isn't the "not our problem" attitude what's wrong with the world?

The question becomes "Do people love animals more than they love yogurt?"

We hope so! And we hope Yoplait does too. Laura Simon of the Humane Society and many others have been asking Yoplait to change their design for a long time now — decades — and Yoplait has yet to budge. But that doesn't mean they never will.

Simon tells Upworthy:

"People eat yogurt in so many settings — at picnics, outdoors, when they're on the run, in the car, etc. You can't expect them to have a good scissors handy to cut up the container, or a nearby faucet to rinse it out! It would require a massive advertising campaign to really educate consumers, and even then, cutting up and disposing of the container properly takes some effort. People just won't do it. The container design is a clear hazard to wildlife, too many animals die a horrible death. The container design really needs to be changed!"
— Laura Simon, wildlife ecologist at the Humane Society of the United States

Sharing this and getting your friends informed to act is the first step. Because I'm betting that you love animals even more than you love yogurt.

All images provided by Bombas

We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

via UNSW

This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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