The Hum Sum FAQs

Learn more about giving GIFTS and making WISHES to receive donations, posting ECO-EVENTS, making planet-friendly ECO-COMMITMENTS, participating in ambassadorships, and more!

For disaster relief and our partner projects such as Clean Wave hair mats for oil spills, Sonoma Food Runners (e.g., wildfire refugees), Global Compost Project, see links below for ways we can help.

Thank you for joining The Hum Sum – Humanity Adding Solutions!

What is The Hum Sum?

The Hum Sum is a platform dedicated to everyone who wants to offer suggestions and to engage in solutions for environmental challenges.

Our staff, interns and volunteer moderators are devoted to providing a space for practical, useful and planet-friendly posts. We are a spam-free, rant-free, politics-free zone.

We encourage nonprofits, businesses, government departments, and projects to set up profiles, add their URLs, consolidate event calendars, create wish lists, and use our platform as a green directory.

Every day we see humanity buzzing with activity. We want to map, count and collect good ideas working for a healthy and harmonious planet!

Also see our Intro Video and Homepage

What are Gifts and Wishes?

Spring Cleaning? Feeling overburdened by too much stuff?  

Post a Gift!

Wishing you could find free items and materials?

Post a Wish!

Just click the + (plus sign) to post once you are logged in. It is very quick and easy. Add as many as you like.

Together we are all helping to turn waste into resources, which is good for society and the environment.

You can also post services like green jobs, repairs, deliveries, and funding opportunities.

Use our site for home and work. Sign up is free. Be sure to browse the galleries to see what’s already here. Check your profile for messages and tax receipts.

How do I donate hair, fur, wool, fleece, or other fibers?

Clean Wave donations (even one-time hair donations) are all made through The Hum Sum.

We get a lot of wonderful fiber, and our cottage-industry mini-factories have limited space. We match donations with the nearest addresses and emergency spill needs.

Hair must be 1 inch (2.5 cm) or longer.

Please see our short VIDEO for instructions on how to send hair.

We also always need ponytails that are 5 inches or longer, separated from short hair (these are for scrims – the lacy frameworks we fill in with shorter hair, fur, fleece, etc.).

All fiber must be debris free – no garbage, (pins, rocks, rubber bands, extension tips, cigarette butts, foil, food… Just pure hair, fur, wool, fleece… If we see trash we have to throw away the whole box because it breaks the felting needles.

This VIDEO shows the steps for posting a GIFT of fiber on

1) Create an account if you don’t have one. It takes 30 seconds, and we do not spam or share our database.
2) Take a photo of your GIFT, if you can.
3) Log in so we know your city, etc.
4) Click on the + (on desktop: sidebar bottom left; on mobile: bottom center)
5) Select Donate a Gift -> Clean Wave / hair for oil spills -> type of fiber…
6) Fill out our form and click Publish.

Our nearest associate will contact you within 72 hours to accept the fiber.

Thank you!

What is an Eco-Commitment?

Do you ride the bus, walk to work, recycle, garden, shop for secondhand clothes or sell antiques? Plan to install solar, drive a hybrid car or develop a green-job training policy?

Post guestimates for how much money and time your household, your business, your classroom, your nonprofit, your city department… plans to spend on environmental choices.

Add your hours / expenses, and watch the tallies grow on our map, which allows us to quantify the collective impact we are having locally and globally.

What are Eco Events?

Our local-to-global Eco-Events Calendar conveniently consolidates information for coordinators and attendees and showcases inspiring examples for building healthy environments. From climate summits to green-building open-house walking tours, celebrate eco-actions, great and small. Promote your restaurant’s climate-friendly menu, nonprofit’s volunteer day, school’s edible garden show, airport’s new recycling center, local shop’s sale on sustainable products, dog park’s model poo composting station, electric car parade, clean water art expo, bike-friendly neighborhood roundtable… Let’s gather momentum and build on each other’s ideas.

What are the Forums?

This is where we can get some real work done!

Let’s connect and discuss – peer to peer, boots on the ground, around the world, sector by sector – how to tackle pollution, green job creation, sanitation, composting, recycled material stockpiles, renewable resources, protecting old growth forests, over-fishing, affordable housing, climate refugees…

The challenges we face are complex, but we can solve them together. Our forum is a place where eco-enthusiasts can stay connected, get organized, and be heard.

What is FMV and Weight?

Fair Market Value (FMV) is generally considered the price for an item or material.

Please note: Your tax-deductible receipt may show an average, default FMV, but you are solely responsible for the depreciated amount of your donation, which you will deduct on your tax return.

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