2013 Greenmarket Expansion

Hot off the success of our 2012 greenmarket expansion, Wearable Collections and our fabulous partner GrowNYC are adding even more greenmarkets to our roster.

Starting The School Year Strong

We continue to be amazed by the amount of clothes we are able to collect with our school partners.  From pre-schools and elementary schools to universities and grad-schools, our collections run the gamut.   It is clear to us that schools are one of the cornerstones of any community and we are so proud to be engaged with so many wonderful folks through the school clothing recycling program. Not only have we been able to keep nearly 100,000 lbs of clothing out of landfills in 2013 through the program but also have raised thousands of dollars for our school partners. A clothing drive is a great way to educate students on the need to recycle, and also a great way to raise funds for your school. Its not too early to put a drive on our calendar.  Please email us info@walkablecollections.com  Our goal is to host a drive with every school in the NYC metro area.  So sign your childs school up! Their schoolmates’ families will thank...

Biggest Collection by a School District in 2012 – Hopewell Valley Regional School District

We want to congratulate our friends over at Hopewell Valley Regional School District in New Jersey for once again leading the way in clothing collections. The team at Hopewell Valley has proven that they are green machine by collecting 13,745 lbs of textiles over the course of several days in early November. Despite all the destruction and damage that Superstorm Sandy wreaked on our area just a week earlier, Hopewell Valley was able to engage their community in a highly successful way.   Wearable Collections salutes you and all your accomplishments and are thankful to have partners like you. We hope to bring the model of collection that Hopewell Valley has established and bring it to many other school districts in the...

Top 12 Buildings of 2012- The Verdesian is #1

We love to give props were props is due. While we love each and every one of our partners, we feel it is important to give credit to those buildings that produce week in and week out. We do this list every year so you may see some familiar names, but there are some new buildings on the list and a new champ so take a bow residents of The Verdesian in Battery Park City, you have diverted the most textile waste from landfills out of all of our 200-plus buildings for 2012. Here are our top 12 producers: 1) The Verdesian, 211 North End Ave. – 10425 lbs 2) 45 Fairview Avenue – 9900 lbs 3) The Solaire, 20 River Terrace – 9825 lbs 4) Hillman Housing, 530 Grand Ave, bldg F – 9725 lbs 5) The Epic, 125 W 31 st. – 8950 lbs 6) The Vanguard, 77 W 24th st. – 8625 lbs 7) 50 Murray st – 8275 lbs 8) 180 Riverside Dr -8100 lbs 9) 160 Riverside Dr. – 8075 lbs 10) The Bromley, 225 W 83rd st. – 8000 lbs 11) The Helena, 601 W 57th st. – 7900 lbs 12) The Langston, 68 Bradhurst – 7525 lbs To all the residents of these buildings, we tip our caps to you. Thanks for your efforts. If you are reading this list with envy, and wondering how your building can get a bin, please fill out a request on our website and we will do our best to bring our convenient service to you and your neighbors. Thanks to all of our partners who...

Once You Donate Clothes, They Become Commodities Like Any Other Recyclable

Here is a link to an article written by Wearable Collections founder posted in Good.is November 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM As summer eases into autumn, many people will be cleaning out their closets, swapping out warm-weather duds for cold-weather gear. In the midst of the swapping process, they will likely be confronted with clothing that has been laying around, unworn for several years. This is when the purge begins. The wonderful feeling of getting rid of items you no longer can use that are taking up valuable space. Luckily, there are bountiful options for disposing of your unwanted clothing. Unfortunately, what often comes alongside options is confusion about making the right decision. Some of those options are: bring them to a local thrift store, find a local charity that accepts clothing, or dispose of them in the nearest drop box. Many people would like to believe that their donations go directly to someone in need, and sometimes they do, especially when you donate directly to a shelter. The vast majority of donations will be re-sold in markets all along the way. Though clothing isn’t often mentioned in recycling periodicals with other materials such as glass, metals, or paper, it is a commodity just like each of them and is thus governed by the same economic tenets. The price of used clothing varies as supply and demand increase and decrease. I cannot say why textiles lie outside the purview of the recycling industry but it likely has something to do with the fact that the roots of the industry are firmly based around charitable giving. As municipalities become more...
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