Rethink, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
Each year, the world consumes 80 billion new pieces of clothing – and sends 26 billion pounds to the landfill. Every time one of those t-shirts goes to waste, so do the 700 gallons of water that went into creating it. That’s a lose-lose situation for your closet and the environment. While people consistently state they donate or reuse their goods, our third annual State of Reuse Report found that 60% of North Americans shop secondhand once a year or less.
It can take over 700 gallons of water to make just one cotton T-shirt. So, we challenged shoppers to offset that impact on the planet by making their next new tee a thrifted one. The response came flooding in—more than doubling our goal of 700 million gallons to wind up saving over 1.5 billion gallons!
It’s a fact that 95% of the clothes North Americans throw away into landfills each year could be reused or recycled. Give a sh!rt™ about your clothing footprint and make a positive impact by donating clothes you no longer need.
If you give a sh!rtTM about the environment, there are a few simple things you can do—like shopping smarter and reusing clothes instead of ditching them—that make a world of difference for our planet.
Value Village is a purpose-driven company that works to create good through the power that you can have when you Rethink Reuse®, because we know small yet impactful decisions about clothing can make a world of difference for our environment.