Act Out: Take it or Leave It

By Nicole Scarmeas

Getting undesirable gift cards from Great Aunt Tillie (to, say, disgusting fast food joints) is inevitable. But now you can turn that passé plastic into some serious green: Donate them to Gift Cards for Trees (GCFT), which cashes cards in and gives the money to American Forests, a nonprofit that uses the dough to plant trees nationwide. GCFT sells cards to the highest bidder—usually on eBay or to companies like Ultimately, about 80 percent of the card’s value goes to tree-planting initiatives, says Michelle Sarkany, GCFT’s president. With your eco deed, looks like Auntie will be giving you a cool present after all.

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