Six-year-old New York-based Wearable Collections will install a bin in any building that asks for one, and it empties them once a week.
Excommunicated duds are sorted into “wearable” versus “un-wearable.” The “wearable” clothing is sent to Central and South America where it is sold by the pound.
“Un-wearable” clothing is often reprocessed as new product filler or rags, among other things.
Buildings can direct 20% of the gross proceeds from their haul into the coffers of their favorite charity. However, a tax receipt is only distributed when clothing is brought to one of nine greenmarket stands operated by Wearable Collections.
Michael Sorel, Wearable's president, says the company hopes to ultimately reduce landfill waste.
The most successful in-house recycling programs occur in buildings where “there is a green-minded person…it’s good to have a soldier on our side.”
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