Earth Day Make A Difference

Earth Day is a worldwide annual event celebrated on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. One of the easiest ways to support the environment is the recycle your unwanted clothing & household items.

Clothing and household textiles currently make up 5.2% of the waste stream. Clothing that cannot be donated for consumer use can be recycled into wiping rags, paper, yarn, insulation and padding for carpets. Here are some more textile recycling facts from SMART:

  • Reduces the need to create more landfill space.
  • Reduces pollution created by incinerators.
  • Provides low-cost clothing to low income households all over the world.
  • Polyester, the most commonly used manufactured fiber, is made from petroleum in an energy-intensive process. The process emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and acid gases into the air. The process also uses a large amount of water for cooling.
  • The manufacturing of nylon emits nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas with a carbon footprint 310 times that of carbon dioxide.
  • Rayon, derived from wood pulp, often relies on clearing old growth forests to make way for water-hungry eucalyptus trees, from which the fiber is derived.
  • Cotton, found in most clothing, is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world. It takes one-third of a pound of pesticides to make one t-shirt.



Keeping clothing out of the landfill is an easy, responsible way to help the environment.


Come celebrate Earth Day with us during our Earth Day Donation Drive. Everyone who brings into one of our locations a donation of ten or more items on April 22nd will be able enter their name for a chance to win a $50 store gift certificate.

 

What the Company Does

For over 30 years, the Texas Thrift, City Thrift, and Music City Thrift family of stores has provided customers with an incredible selection of unique items at bargain prices in a friendly and inviting well-organized shopping environment. Each shopping trip is a new adventure since thousands of new items are added to each store’s floor daily and weekly specials stretch your dollars further. You can feel good knowing that your purchases help worthy charities and keep useable items out of local landfills.