How Many Pounds Of Clothing, Shoes And Textiles Does Each Person In The Usa Throw Out Each Year
USED CLOTHING COLLECTION, REUSE & RECYCLING & IMPACT
<ul><li>How many pounds of clothing, shoes and textiles does each person in the USA throw out each year? A. 39 lb B. 68 lb C. 94 lb </li></ul>2. What is the percentage of discarded clothing, shoes and textiles collected and recycled? A. 15% B. 27% C. 36% 3. How many gallons of water are saved by recycling 50,000 tons of clothing? A. 103 billion B. 147 million C. 845,000 4 . How much CO2 is not released in to the atmosphere by recycling 50,000 tons of clothing? Equivalent to taking X cars of the road for one year: A. 234 cars B. 156,680 cars C. 22,803 cars
How many pounds of clothing, shoes and textiles do you think that each person in the USA discard of during a year? A. 39 pounds B. 68 pounds C. 94 pounds 68 pounds
The population of United States discards 11.8 million tons of clothing, shoes and textiles per year (according EPA report in 2007).
With a average per ton cost of $83, it would cost our cities and towns $980 million (or just about $1 billion) to transport, landfill and incinerate all the discarded clothing. Luckily, the nation is full of non-profits, churches and rag dealers who collect and recycle a large portion of the 11.8 million tons, right? Well, that is not entirely correct! Only 15.3% of the discarded textiles are recycled according to EPA 15.3%
More interesting facts: <ul><li>In 1989 the per capita consumption of textile was 68 pounds; this equals 2.5 million tons in CA (Fiber Economics Bureau) </li></ul><ul><li>Textile accounts for 5 % of California landfills </li></ul><ul><li>In California 3.5 % of Residential Disposed Waste is textile waste; this has increased by 1.3% since 1999 (Statewide Characterization Study December 2004) </li></ul>
<ul><li>How many pounds of clothing, shoes and textiles does each person in the USA throw out each year? A. 39 lb B. 68 lb C. 94 lb </li></ul>2. What is the percentage of discarded clothing, shoes and textiles are collected and recycled? A. 15% B. 27% C. 36% 3. How many gallons of water are saved by recycling 50,000 tons of clothing? A. 103 billion B. 147 million C. 845,000 4 . How much CO2 is not released in to the atmosphere by recycling 50,000 tons of clothing? Equivalent to taking X cars of the road for one year: A. 234 cars B. 156,680 cars C. 22,803 cars
<ul><li>Planet Aid is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the environment and creating sustainable development. Founded in 1997, Planet Aid has since collected and resold used clothing as a means to raise funds for development and humanitarian projects worldwide. Planet Aid currently has more than 11,000 recycling boxes nation wide. </li></ul>
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<ul><li>Collect and recycle clothes, shoes and other textiles </li></ul><ul><li>Raise funds through the resale of textiles to support education, HIV and health programs in Africa & Asia </li></ul><ul><li>Work with local schools to educate about recycling and environmental protection; donate back to local schools through our recycling initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Provide local cities and counties with diversion rates </li></ul><ul><li>Work with local city wide events, such as Earth Days </li></ul><ul><li>Work with companies, colleges or clubs to coordinate clothing drives or recycling days. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The box is made out of metal. It is 4’ x 4’ at the base and 7’ high (approximately the size of a soda machine) and is yellow in color. The box is clearly marked with easy to follow instructions. Clothes are donated through a secure chute in the front. Planet Aid empties the boxes as often as necessary, even daily in some cases. We conduct routine cleaning and maintenance. We can provide “on call” collection and repair services as necessary. Planet Aid takes full responsibility for the boxes and the maintenance. We will make sure that the recycling box is not an inconvenience and does not become a community eye soar to any business, church, school, university, organization, town or city that is hosting. We guarantee prompt removal of the box if you are in any way dissatisfied with hosting the box. </li></ul>
You donate used clothing via our recycling boxes We empty the boxes on a regular basis All donations are brought to the warehouse where they are baled and processed for sale The clothes are sold to domestic and international customers for reuse in the USA, Canada and abroad. The funds generated through the sale support the clothes collection and recycling program in the USA, educational programs in the USA and international development aid projects worldwide. Together we support programs in education, community development and HIV/Aids outreach; making a difference for millions of people Together we protect the environment by reducing waste and the use of new resources. We generate employment and support the local economy
Earth Day was on April 22 and is great time to create a day of awareness and green solutions for student life. April was the start of organizing for students moving out of campus housing at the end of the semester. The Zero Waste Campus Program focuses on the collection, reuse and recycle what the students leave behind. America Recycles Day is on November 15, which is another great day to create awareness and green solutions for student life.
<ul><li>Since our School Program began in the summer of 2007, Planet Aid has established successful partnerships with over 80 schools in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Orange Counties. </li></ul><ul><li>Our School Program includes two initiatives : </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Schools have the opportunity to host Planet Aid recycling boxes. For every pound of clothing collected at the school, Planet Aid will donate one penny to a program of their choice. This is a great way for schools to raise additional funds for school programs or activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Planet Aid strives to raise awareness about both environmental and international development issues. We have created a four-lesson curriculum to supplement in the areas of social studies/history and science. Each lesson is tailored to the various grade levels (K-12), and presentations are created for classrooms and assemblies. </li></ul>
Understanding our Environment: Recycling and Positive Change (Elementary & Middle School) The immense changes resulting from our modern way of living has made the environment a popular and substantial topic. In this lesson, environmental issues, such as pollution, global warming, destruction of the rainforests, species extinction, conservation of natural resources and positive actions we can take address these issues will be explored. This lesson will go beyond popular buzz words to explore a different way of thinking, which leads to a different way of acting. Fun and challenging activities will encourage students to build upon their current knowledge and habits. Exploring Africa: Culture & History (Elementary & Middle School) Africa has a rich history and culture that is largely ignored in standardized education. In this lesson, students will learn about the continent of Africa and its 53 countries. Students will gain a greater understanding of the diversity of environments, lifestyles, and cultures across the continent. Students will learn about the daily lives of children in various parts of Africa, including countries in Southern Africa, where Planet Aid funds development projects. Cultural activities such as learning African songs, dances, and languages, and exploring various traditions, like foods, ceremonies, and dress will be integrated. Older students will explore famous points in African history including great civilizations, colonialism, and apartheid.
Development in Africa: Highlighting Progress (High School) This lesson is designed to foster the students’ awareness of and appreciation for the global community. It will start with the basics, exploring what it means to be developed and developing, beginning with the students’ own perspective. Students will then explore current issues in Africa, like poverty, illiteracy, HIV/AIDS and other health concerns, and war and social unrest. Universal human rights and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals will be covered in general, with an in depth look at how our programs in Africa are helping to meet those goals. Being a Global Citizen: Catalyst for Change (High School) In this lesson students will learn what it means to be a citizen of the earth. This lesson is designed to raise awareness of issues in their community as well as those across the world. Students will explore various global environmental and social issues including global warming, deforestation, world poverty, and global health. Students will explore the actions of individuals and organizations making a difference in our world. Students may have a chance to interact with individuals outside of the classroom to experience helping others and to develop an understanding of what one person can accomplish.
<ul><li>Preservation of the Environment </li></ul>Planet Aid diverts more than 80 million pounds of textile each year
Some interesting facts <ul><li>In 2007 Planet Aid: </li></ul><ul><li>Collected over 80 million pounds of used clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Donated more than$6 million to development aid projects </li></ul><ul><li>Extended its cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture “Food for Progress” program </li></ul><ul><li>Employed close to 200 people </li></ul><ul><li>Operated close to 11,000 clothes collection bins in 17 metropolitan areas and 19 states. </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented a bar code systems to improve the efficiency of the clothes recycling program </li></ul>
<ul><li>Most people have good quality clothing they never use. These clothes are stored in closets or attics and are eventually thrown into the trash and consequently dumped into landfills. Planet Aid tackles this problem by recycling clothing and shoes. We collect used clothing, keep it out of the landfills and thus help towns and municipalities to save money and resources. The clothes are resold to raise funds for 41 development projects in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central America. Programs include teacher training programs, child aid for street kids, orphans, and families, and health programs for HIV/AIDS prevention. </li></ul>
Farming AIDS Prevention Teacher Training Micro-Finance Planet Aid has contributed $13.5 million towards sustainable development humanitarian aid and educational campaigns all over the world.
Clothing processed by Planet Aid is sold in more than 1,000 thrift stores in Guatemala. Planet Aid supplies 5% of the market in Guatemala. Approximately 8,000 people earn their living this way. A total of 4,500 tons of used clothing is imported to Guatemala each month. It means that 160,000 people in Guatemala work in the used clothing trade.
Planet Aid sells clothing to a thrift store chain in Nova Scotia, Canada. 250 people have employment and income at that company and the predominantly blue collar population has access to inexpensive clothing.
SUMMING UP <ul><li>Collecting, reusing and recycling used clothing has a great </li></ul><ul><ul><li>economic and environmental impact on communities in the USA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Selling good quality used clothing for consumption in less affluent countries and communities has a positive impact on local economy </li></ul><ul><li>Combining the recycling business of collecting and distributing used clothing with a charitable mission is an excellent social, environmental and economic business model for community development (globally) </li></ul>
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