# tuesday_olsson by yaofenji

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```									USED CLOTHING
COLLECTION,
REUSE &
RECYCLING &
IMPACT
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
clothing?
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
year:
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,
right?
Well, that is not entirely correct!
Only 15.3% of the discarded textiles are recycled according to EPA

15.3%
More interesting facts:

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

• 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
clothing?
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
year:
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
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
behind.

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
habits.
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
goals.
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
projects
• 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
Guatemala.
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
Planet Aid sells
clothing to a thrift
store chain in
Nova Scotia,
250 people have
employment and
income at that
company and the
predominantly
blue collar
population has
inexpensive
clothing.
Employment Impact
site finders       15
Planet Aid       w arehouse
28
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
\$35,000,000
to American economy
Economic
Benefits to
Americans        Taxpayers save through
\$3,500,000
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.
Benefits

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
SUMMING UP

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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