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Rethink, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
26 billion pounds of clothing and textiles go into landfills each year, yet 95 percent could be reused or recycled. Last year, with your help, we repurposed hundreds of millions of items. Join us by donating at Value Village where your contribution supports a nonprofit in your neighborhood.
What does it mean to RETHINK REUSE™? To keep used clothing and other items from ending up in landfills, we accept donations of used goods on behalf of our nonprofit partners. We purchase those donated items from the nonprofits, providing them with revenue to fund their charitable mission and help them to reach their fundraising goals, and sell the best quality items in our retail department stores at affordable prices, which keeps the reuse cycle moving. Now that’s a win-win.
Nearly half of North Americans (46 percent) say they have “way too much stuff”—an increase of four percentage points in just one year. As a retailer, Savers gives a sh!rt about more than just the bottom line. To uncover potential solutions to this problem of textile waste, we commissioned the second annual State of Reuse Report to examine perceptions around clothing consumption and reuse. Check out our infographic and click through to the full report to learn what the report helped to uncover.
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!rt 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 ReuseTM, because we know small yet impactful decisions about clothing can make a world of difference for our environment.