Consumers are the primary contributors to landfills because they don’t know where to throw away their unwanted stuff, including textiles and cell  phones. Businesses also have unwanted inventory they destroy or throw away. Instead of throwing clothes, shoes and cell phones in the trash and harming the environment, you have the chance to earn money for your favorite charity, lower your environmental footprint, and support families in developing countries who sell what you no longer want or need.


According to reporting from the Environmental Protection Agency:

  • Annually, there’s 262 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW).
  • Textiles represented 16.03M tons and 65.7% of landfills.
  • The average American throws out 81 pounds of clothing annually.

According to the same report, the following are benefits of recycling:

  • Recycling provides jobs in the U.S. and around the world.
  • In the U.S. $36.6 billion in wages was created.
  • Recycling produces $6.7 billion in tax revenue in the U.S.

Want to know more?

  • According to AT&T, an estimated 100 to 130 million cell phones are no longer being used, many languishing in storage.
  • If people were able to reuse those 100 million mobile phones we would save enough energy to power more than 370,000 U.S. homes each year.
  • 70% of the global population uses recycled clothing.