Zach Hartman, 11, launched a service project in 2017 to do what he could to help the planet and its people!
“As a 7 year old, I was asked to start taking out the trash. I realized we only got one trash day for recycling items and actually two pickups a week for regular trash. I wondered where all of our trash was going,” said Zach.
To date, Zach has done more than 250 hours of community service and has kept over 40,0000 pounds of used items out of landfills and saved more 2600 trees by promoting reuse of books. He's donated 65,000 books to schools and Little Free Libraries in all 50 states. He also collected and upcycled stuffed animals for Glad Dog's Nation and donated 3000 to animal shelters and rescues in 19 states.
Zach recruited members of his Cub Scout Pack, Martial Arts Studio and Humane Society Kids Club to help collect items and distribute them. He has set up a website, YouTube Channel and blog as a way of sharing his ideas with other kids. He says he hopes others will try doing Random Acts of Kindness especially when it comes to saving the environment. His most impactful delivery was to Title 1 school, Lee Elementary, who suffered from a tragic fire. He helped collect, sort and deliver over 1000 books for classrooms in their new location.
More information is available at ZachPlanet.com. Follow the projects at @ZachsPlanetProject on Facebook and Instagram.
65,000 books. $6000 raised. 3000 stuffed animals. 1100 Zach's packs. 40,000 pounds saved from landfills. 250 hours of community service. One 11 year old boy!
Zach's Project was created in 2017 by a socially conscious and hard working boy who wanted to find ways to help his environment and his planet.