tuesday_olsson by yaofenji


1. How many pounds of clothing, shoes and textiles does each person in
   the USA throw out each year?
   A. 39 lb                 B. 68 lb                 C. 94 lb
2. What is the percentage of discarded clothing, shoes and textiles
collected and recycled?
   A. 15%                      B. 27%            C. 36%
3. How many gallons of water are saved by recycling 50,000 tons of
   A. 103 billion             B. 147 million C. 845,000

4. How much CO2 is not released in to the atmosphere by recycling
50,000 tons of clothing? Equivalent to taking X cars of the road for one
  A. 234 cars                  B. 156,680 cars           C. 22,803 cars
How many pounds of clothing, shoes and textiles do you think
that each person in the USA discard of during a year?

A. 39 pounds
B. 68 pounds
C. 94 pounds

                   68 pounds
  The population of United States discards

11.8 million tons of clothing, shoes and textiles per year
(according EPA report in 2007).
With a average per ton cost of $83, it would cost our cities and
towns $980 million (or just about $1 billion) to
transport, landfill and incinerate all the discarded clothing.
Luckily, the nation is full of non-profits, churches and rag dealers
who collect and recycle a large portion of the 11.8 million tons,
            Well, that is not entirely correct!
Only 15.3% of the discarded textiles are recycled according to EPA

More interesting facts:

•In 1989 the per capita consumption of textile was 68
pounds; this equals 2.5 million tons in CA (Fiber Economics

• Textile   accounts for 5 % of California landfills
• In California 3.5 % of Residential Disposed Waste is
textile waste; this has increased by 1.3% since 1999
(Statewide Characterization Study December 2004)
1. How many pounds of clothing, shoes and textiles does each person in
   the USA throw out each year?
   A. 39 lb                 B. 68 lb                  C. 94 lb
2. What is the percentage of discarded clothing, shoes and textiles are
collected and recycled?
   A. 15%                      B. 27%            C. 36%
3. How many gallons of water are saved by recycling 50,000 tons of
   A. 103 billion             B. 147 million C. 845,000

4. How much CO2 is not released in to the atmosphere by recycling
50,000 tons of clothing? Equivalent to taking X cars of the road for one
  A. 234 cars                  B. 156,680 cars           C. 22,803 cars
Planet Aid is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization
dedicated to protecting the environment and creating
sustainable development. Founded in 1997, Planet Aid
has since collected and resold used clothing as a means
to raise funds for development and humanitarian projects
worldwide. Planet Aid currently has more than 11,000
recycling boxes nation wide.
     New England                                     Richmond, VA
   Upstate New York                                  North Carolina
      New Jersey                                      Detroit, MI
                          Greater Los Angeles Area
     Pennsylvania                                    Cleveland, OH
Baltimore/Washington DC                              Columbus, OH
    Kansas City, MO                                   Dayton, OH
• Collect and recycle clothes, shoes and other textiles
• Raise funds through the resale of textiles to support
  education, HIV and health programs in Africa & Asia
• Work with local schools to educate about recycling
  and environmental protection; donate back to local
  schools through our recycling initiative
• Provide local cities and counties with diversion rates
• Work with local city wide events, such as Earth Days
• Work with companies, colleges or clubs to coordinate
  clothing drives or recycling days.
The box is made out of metal. It is 4’ x 4’ at
the base and 7’ high (approximately the size of
a soda machine) and is yellow in color. The
box is clearly marked with easy to follow
instructions. Clothes are donated through a
secure chute in the front. Planet Aid empties
the boxes as often as necessary, even daily in
some cases. We conduct routine cleaning and
maintenance. We can provide “on call”
collection and repair services as necessary.
Planet Aid takes full responsibility for the
boxes and the maintenance. We will make
sure that the recycling box is not an
inconvenience and does not become a
community eye soar to any business, church,
school, university, organization, town or city
that is hosting. We guarantee prompt removal
of the box if you are in any way dissatisfied
with hosting the box.
            You donate used                    We empty the boxes                     All donations are brought
            clothing via our                    on a regular basis                    to the warehouse where
             recycling boxes                                                              they are baled and
                                                                                          processed for sale

                                The clothes are sold to domestic and international
                               customers for reuse in the USA, Canada and abroad.
                                The funds generated through the sale support the
                               clothes collection and recycling program in the USA,
                                educational programs in the USA and international
                                      development aid projects worldwide.                    Together we protect the
  Together we support
                                                                                            environment by reducing
 programs in education,
                                                                                            waste and the use of new
community development
                                                                                             resources. We generate
 and HIV/Aids outreach;
                                                                                            employment and support
 making a difference for
                                                                                                the local economy
   millions of people
Earth Day was on April 22 and is
great time to create a day of
awareness and green solutions for
student life.

April was the start of organizing for
students moving out of campus
housing at the end of the semester.
The Zero Waste Campus Program
focuses on the collection, reuse and
recycle what the students leave

America Recycles Day is on
November 15, which is another
great day to create awareness and
green solutions for student life.
   Since our School Program began in the summer of 2007, Planet Aid has
   established successful partnerships with over 80 schools in Los Angeles,
           San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Orange Counties.
               Our School Program includes two initiatives:

                            Recycling Initiative
Schools have the opportunity to host Planet Aid recycling boxes. For every
    pound of clothing collected at the school, Planet Aid will donate one
  penny to a program of their choice. This is a great way for schools to raise
              additional funds for school programs or activities.

                          Partnership in Education
   Planet Aid strives to raise awareness about both environmental and
      international development issues. We have created a four-lesson
     curriculum to supplement in the areas of social studies/history and
    science. Each lesson is tailored to the various grade levels (K-12), and
          presentations are created for classrooms and assemblies.
  Understanding our Environment:                           Exploring Africa: Culture & History
  Recycling and Positive Change                              (Elementary & Middle School)
   (Elementary & Middle School)
                                                          Africa has a rich history and culture that is largely
                                                          ignored in standardized education. In this lesson,
The immense changes resulting from our modern
                                                          students will learn about the continent of Africa and its
way of living has made the environment a popular
                                                          53 countries. Students will gain a greater
and substantial topic. In this lesson, environmental
                                                          understanding of the diversity of environments,
issues, such as pollution, global warming, destruction
                                                          lifestyles, and cultures across the continent. Students
of the rainforests, species extinction, conservation of
                                                          will learn about the daily lives of children in various
natural resources and positive actions we can take
                                                          parts of Africa, including countries in Southern Africa,
address these issues will be explored. This lesson will
                                                          where Planet Aid funds development projects.
go beyond popular buzz words to explore a different
                                                          Cultural activities such as learning African songs,
way of thinking, which leads to a different way of
                                                          dances, and languages, and exploring various
acting. Fun and challenging activities will encourage
                                                          traditions, like foods, ceremonies, and dress will be
students to build upon their current knowledge and
                                                          integrated. Older students will explore famous points
                                                          in African history including great civilizations,
                                                          colonialism, and apartheid.
            Development in Africa:                             Being a Global Citizen: Catalyst
            Highlighting Progress                                        for Change
               (High School)                                           (High School)

                                                              In this lesson students will learn what it means to
This lesson is designed to foster the students’ awareness
                                                              be a citizen of the earth. This lesson is designed
of and appreciation for the global community. It will start
                                                              to raise awareness of issues in their community as
with the basics, exploring what it means to be developed
                                                              well as those across the world. Students will
and developing, beginning with the students’ own
                                                              explore various global environmental and social
perspective. Students will then explore current issues in
                                                              issues including global warming, deforestation,
Africa, like poverty, illiteracy, HIV/AIDS and other health
                                                              world poverty, and global health. Students will
concerns, and war and social unrest. Universal human
                                                              explore the actions of individuals and
rights and the United Nations Millennium Development
                                                              organizations making a difference in our world.
Goals will be covered in general, with an in depth look at
                                                              Students may have a chance to interact with
how our programs in Africa are helping to meet those
                                                              individuals outside of the classroom to experience
                                                              helping others and to develop an understanding of
                                                              what one person can accomplish.
Preservation of the Environment

       Planet Aid diverts more than
        80 million pounds of textile
                 each year
 Some interesting facts
In 2007 Planet Aid:

• Collected over 80 million pounds of used clothing
• Donated more than$6 million to development aid
• Extended its cooperation with the US Department of
  Agriculture “Food for Progress” program
• Employed close to 200 people
• Operated close to 11,000 clothes collection bins in
  17 metropolitan areas and 19 states.
• Implemented a bar code systems to improve the
  efficiency of the clothes recycling program
Most people have good quality clothing they never use. These
clothes are stored in closets or attics and are eventually
thrown into the trash and consequently dumped into landfills.
Planet Aid tackles this problem by recycling clothing and
shoes. We collect used clothing, keep it out of the landfills
and thus help towns and municipalities to save money and
resources. The clothes are resold to raise funds for 41
development projects in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, and
Central America. Programs include teacher training programs,
child aid for street kids, orphans, and families, and health
programs for HIV/AIDS prevention.
Planet Aid has contributed $13.5 million towards sustainable development
humanitarian aid and educational campaigns all over the world.

                   Farming                           AIDS Prevention

               Teacher Training                       Micro-Finance
Clothing processed by
Planet Aid is sold in more
than 1,000 thrift stores in
Planet Aid supplies 5% of
the market in Guatemala.
Approximately 8,000 people
earn their living this way.
A total of 4,500 tons of used
clothing is imported to
Guatemala each month.
It means that 160,000
people in Guatemala work
in the used clothing trade.
Planet Aid sells
clothing to a thrift
store chain in
Nova Scotia,
250 people have
employment and
income at that
company and the
blue collar
population has
access to
Employment Impact
                              adm inistration      28
                                site finders       15
                Planet Aid       w arehouse
                                   w ork ers
                                  truck ers        79
Em ploym ent
                              price brok er &
  C reated                                          2
                  Others       client liasion
                               truck drivers       23
                      Our C ustom ers             513
                Less- Developed C ountries      2 6 ,4 4 8
                           Total                2 7 ,2 4 4
Economic Impact in the USA

                Multiplier effect: contributes
                   to American economy
  Benefits to
  Americans        Taxpayers save through
                  reduced trash collection
Environmental Impact
                    Saving space in landfills      5 0 ,0 0 0 tons

                                                  1 0 3 billion gal.
                          Saving w ater
                                                     3 .1 m illion

 Environm ental   Reducing usage of pesticides     8 1 4 ,2 8 9 lbs.

                                                  2 6 1 m illion lbs.
                    Reducing C O2 em issions
                                                    2 2 ,8 0 3 cars

                  Reducing the need of land for
                                                   2 2 2 sq. m iles
                       cotton production

     Collecting, reusing and recycling used clothing has a great
     economic and environmental impact on communities in the USA

     Selling good quality used clothing for consumption in less
     affluent countries and communities has a positive impact on
     local economy

    Combining the recycling business of collecting and distributing
    used clothing with a charitable mission is an excellent social,
    environmental and economic business model for community
    development (globally)
Thank you for your time and support

          Planet Aid, Inc.
 5660 Rickenbacher, Bell CA 90201

   website: www.planetaid.org
   email: info@planetaid.org

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