Massive “Clothing Spill” Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling

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Together with its nonprofit partners, Savers diverts more than 650 million pounds of reusable goods from North American landfills each year, according to the company, which employs 22,000 workers and operates more than 330 stores, including Value Village and Unique in the United States and Canada, Village des Valeurs in Quebec, and Savers Australia.

Still, Shumpert says the world can—and should—do better, and not just on Earth Day.

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“We hope consumers will rethink reuse,” he said, “which includes shopping thrift, donating unwanted goods, and consuming in a more responsible way.”

Eric Stubin, president of Secondary Materials and Recycle Textiles Association, agrees with that sentiment.

“Eighty-five percent of clothing waste ends up in landfills, with only 15 percent being reused or recycled,” he said. “We applaud Savers for calling attention to the issue of clothing waste.”

Watch the video below to see how the installation came together.

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One Response to “Massive “Clothing Spill” Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling”

  1. secondstardesigns says:

    In the case of clothing ending up in landfills, it is estimated that 40%-50% of that landfill waste actually comes directly from thrift stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc), and not directly from people. It’s a hush-hush business practice wherein clothing items that have been donated to these stores are only kept as inventory for 90 days. After 90 days, if the item has not sold, it is placed on sale for a week, then shredded (so people will not “steal” the items) and dumped into dumpsters, rather than simply donate these items to shelters. So, while this is certainly a powerful image, it’s not revealing the entire truth behind those businesses whose choices are less than beneficial.

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