Landfills should not be laundry piles
This Earth Day and every day, Savers, a global thrift retailer, is challenging people to rethink their clothing footprint. A larger-than-life clothing spill installation on the famous Alki Beach in Seattle, Washington created a visually arresting wakeup call to remind everyone that clothing does not need to end up in landfills. Americans throw away more than 10.5 million tons of clothing annually, 95 % of which could have been reused or recycled
Savers has always believed that landfills should not be laundry piles. That is why for more than 60 years, Savers has been purchasing used clothing and textiles from nonprofit organisations and giving them a second, or third, life in its stores or through its recycling partners. Savers is on a mission to create a better world through reuse by inspiring local communities to rethink reuse.
“At Savers, reuse is in our DNA. It is who we are, and how we operate, but not everyone considers reuse an option for their used clothing and household goods. With the growing amount of clothing and textile waste ending up in landfills, we felt compelled to act,” said Ken Alterman, president and CEO of Savers. “We want to help people better understand the environmental impact of their clothing waste and the steps they can take to reduce it. That’s why we are calling on everyone to rethink reuse – shopping thrift, donating used items to a non-profit and consuming goods in a more sustainable way.”
Through its unique business model and commitment to reuse, Savers has become one of the leading recyclers of used textiles in the world, keeping nearly 650 million pounds of reusable items out of North American landfills each year.
“Eighty-five percent of clothing waste ends up in landfills, with only 15 percent being reused or recycled,” said Secondary Materials and Recycle Textiles Association (SMART) president Eric Stubin. “We applaud Savers for calling attention to the issue of clothing waste. Companies like Savers help give clothing and textiles another life through recycling and reuse – diverting millions of tons of clothing and textiles from landfills each year.”
Savers is a for-profit privately held global thrift retailer offering clothing and accessories for men, women and children and household goods. Through its unique business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling secondhand merchandise, the Savers family of thrift stores (including Value Village, Unique Thrift and Village des Valeurs brands) benefits more than 120 non-profit organizations, gives local consumers a smart way to shop and saves 650 million pounds of quality used goods from landfills each year. Savers pays its non-profit partners for donated goods, turning otherwise unused items into sustainable funding that supports their vital community programs and services. Savers operates nearly 330 locations and has 22000 employees in the United States, Canada and Australia.