10 things I Learned On The Way To Collecting 10 Million lbs.

10 things I Learned On The Way To Collecting 10 Million lbs.

Incredibly, this Earth Week, 10 years into our companies’ existence,  we will surpass the milestone of 10 million lbs of clothing, shoes and textiles recycled.  This is an achievement that we are extremely proud of and while that number is a very large one, it is still only a small percentage of what is still destined for landfills. I would like to share some tidbits of wisdom I have learned along the way in hopes that others can have a smoother path in search of recycling solutions. Sometimes a Project Turns Into a Business   We started out 10 years ago with the idea of raising funds for a cause that was near and dear to us. That cause, spinal cord research, compelled us as one of our co-founders was left paralyzed when hit by a car. At the time, we knew very little about the amount of clothing that was cluttering up our wastestream.  As we learned more about the problem of textile waste, coming up with solutions was something we couldn’t walk away from. It’s Hard to Compete with Non-Profits I know, it sounds silly even saying a line like that. But what I mean is that it is hard to compete with the idea and perception of non-profits, especially in the realm of clothing collections. We are a small biz that dedicates a portion of our proceeds to charity. There hasn’t been one year where we have profited more than we have given to charity yet there are still people who act as if we are a big box corporation simply because we are for profit....
Earth Day 2015

Earth Day 2015

If you are anything like us, we imagine that you celebrate the Earth most every day. But April is that time of year when we get a chance to show that love outwardly.  There are many ways both  big and small that we can show our appreciation for Mother Earth. Here are a few ways that together we can turn tiny acts into big impact. Request a Bin for your building – A bin in your building is the gift that keeps on giving. Both you and your neighbors will never know how you lived without one. Host a drive for your organization/building – Not everyone can have a permanent bin nearby but that shouldn’t stop you from benefiting from our service. We will help you create a one day or multiple day event that will help your community keep clothing out of landfills. We are flexible and creative. Put us to the test! Visit a local GrowNYC greenmarket – Where else can you recycle clothing and shoes while supporting farmers and producers from the region. Whether you are an individual who wants to bring our service home, or an employee who would like to share it with their colleagues, we are eager to find a way to work with you. FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO REQUEST A BIN FOR YOUR BUILDING NAME* First Last EMAIL* BUILDING ADDRESS* Street Address Address Line 2 City AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces Pacific State ZIP Code PHONE*ARE YOU A*ResidentBuilding ManagerLandlord RepresentativeLandlordLeasing ManagerBuilding SuperintendantNon-Profit OrganizationSchool RepresentativeP.T.A.EducatorParentFraternity/SororityStudentMarket ManagerCompany/Corporation RepresentativeOtherIf Other:*WHERE...