What does a rural town in South Carolina have to do with China? Americans consume nearly twenty billion new items of clothing each year, and at least one billion of them are made in China. Cotton Road uncovers the transnational movement of cotton and tells the stories of worker’s lives in a conventional cotton supply chain. From rural farms in South Carolina to factory cities in China, we span the globe to encounter the industrial processes behind our rapacious consumption of cheap clothing and textile products. Are we connected to one another through the things we consume? Cotton Road explores a contemporary landscape of globalized labor through human stories and provides an opportunity to reflect on the ways our consumption impacts others and drives a global economy.
Cotton Road director Laura Kissel will come up from her home in South Carolina to screen the movie, engage in a post-film Q&A as well as host a fun post-holiday clothing swap. Bring 5-10 of your best duds to trade with others and help make a dent in the textile waste stream by re-using! All leftover clothing will be donated to Wearable Collections,
Visit Cotton Road Movie Website:
Date: January 7
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
630 Flushing Ave, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, New York 11206
Free! $10 suggested donation at door. RSVP required.
Another great year of textile collections almost wraps up with our beloved partner GrowNYC!
To think this all started with a pilot program back at the end of 2008. 6 years later we have millions of pounds under our belt and tens of thousands of people who have recycled their clothes with us. Thanks to all of you who come our every week to support our cause!
The following markets will have their last day of operations as follows:
- Windsor Terrace Greenmarket, 9am-2:30pm, 11th Ave b/t Sherman and Windsor Pl CLOSES December 21, 2014
- 57th St Greenmarket, 8am-12:30pm, 57th St & 9th Ave CLOSES December 20, 2014
- Tribeca Greenmarket, 8am-1:30pm, Greenwich St. at Chambers (Wednesdays): CLOSES December 17, 2014, CLOSED on 12/24/14
- Sunnyside Greenmarket, 8am-4pm, 43rd St & Skillman Ave CLOSES December 20, 2014
The HOLIDAY schedule is as follows:
- Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket, 8am-3pm, 2nd Ave & East 47th St CLOSED on 12/24/14
- 97th Street Greenmarket, 8am-2pm, W 97th & Columbus CLOSED on 12/26/14 & 1/2/15
- Columbia University Greenmarket, 8am-3pm, Broadway b/t 114th & 116th Sts CLOSED on 12/25/14 & 1/1/15
- Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket, 8am-4:30pm Court & Montague CLOSED on 12/25/14 & 1/1/15
For more information about GrowNYC and the greenmarkets, please visit our GREENMARKETS page with locations and details.
Photo By Suzanna Finley
Like any other forward thinking company, Wearable Collections continues to evolve. We are extremely pleased to announce the roll-out of our Clothing, Textile and Shoe recycling bin 3.0.
We will be swapping out our existing bins for the new and improved ones early 2015. But you don’t have to be an existing collector to reap the benefits of these new beautiful bins. Now is a perfect time to sign up your building. No New Yorker should be without the convenience of a clothing and shoe recycling bin nearby!
The average New Yorker tosses 46 pounds of clothing and textiles in the trash each year, totaling 6% of our entire residential waste stream. But with your help, landfills are going on a diet. More than 80,000 New Yorkers have helped NYC lose 1.4 million pounds by recycling unwanted clothing, linens, paired shoes, hand bags and more through textile recycling initiatives.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Rather than having your residents haul their clothing to a collection site, or worse, dump them in the trash, Wearable Collections can pick up (free of charge) any unwanted textiles. You can arrange a pick up at your convenience monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually or Wearable Collections can place a receptacle in your building for your recycling convenience that is emptied on a regular basis. The goal is to reduce clothing in landfills while helping raise funds for non-profits. It is easy to do!
EASE & CONVENIENCE
Wearable Collections’ goal is to maximize clothing recycled while minimizing inconvenience to you. If you are interested in participating in our clothing recycling program,Wearable Collections will find a way to work within your building’s constraints.
FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO REQUEST A BIN FOR YOUR BUILDING
Twice each year, in the Spring and the Fall, PS 29 school in Brooklyn hosts a Rummage and Recycling Event for our Community where we collect ewaste and textiles. People come from all over the city to recycle their electronics and their textiles responsibly with us at PS 29. We work with Wearable Collections for our textile collection.
A scene from a past Rummage Event at PS 29. You can see the overflowing Wearable Collections bin in the background!
We have about 20 parent volunteers during the day to help collect and sort the textile donations. All day long, families and neighbors drop off their matched shoes, belts, purses, bags, clothing, linens, towels and even stuffed animals and know that these items will all go to great use.
All throughout the day of the drive, many families also shop for items in our schoolyard at our Rummage Sale where everything is $1 each. As a community filled with growing kids, we’re all grateful to have this event it’s a great way for families to pass on their clothes to others who can use them and to find “new” clothes others are ready to give away. The whole day is a fun way for folks in the community to connect by giving and getting some great clothes, shoes, and sheets, towels and even Halloween costumes!
All we have to do to set up the drive is let Wearable Collections know the date we’re going to host it and the time we need the pickup. We then let our community know: we send out emails to our families, make some fun posters, and send out notice to the various area blogs. We like to keep our event open to all who want to participate to facilitate the most recycling possible. With every event we try to add other recycling possibilities like document and hard drive shredding, or compost education or recycling sorting games for the kids. We’ve recently set up a Mending and Repair table to encourage the culture of Repair Not Replace with parents teaching kids some simple repair skills with a needle and thread. We would love to host the Department of Sanitation’s SAFE Disposal Events in conjunction with this day to thoroughly educate everyone about the best ways to recycle these items that don’t go in our curbside trash and recycling bins.
We love working with Wearable Collections. At each drive, we collect about a ton yes, we usually collect at least 2,000 pounds of clothing! At the end of the day, Wearable Collections drivers come promptly and take it all away! There’s no need for our volunteers to drive our collections anywhere, and no need to store the textiles in the school for any amount of time. On top of that, we receive a check within the next month for our school!
SIGN UP YOUR SCHOOL FOR A CLOTHING, TEXTILE & SHOE RECYCLING EVENT
Together with Walkable Collections, we’re asking you to help us divert some of the 300million pairs of shoes that head to our landfills annually and give them new life. Bring Your Shoes To Work Day allows a variety of companies/entities to participate in recycling and environmentalism by simply encouraging their staff, students, guests to recycle their shoes.
It’s super easy- all you need to participate is to print and place a flyer (provided below) next to a collection box in a convenient location and help get the word out to everyone. Walkable Collections can place a branded box as pictured here or you can use your own. Once the box is filled up, a pick up time will be scheduled during normal business hours.
Link to print-ready flyer
We accept all types of used shoes, sneakers and boots EXCEPT ski boots, roller-blades or singles, please! Walkable Collections is the shoe recycling division of Wearable Collections.
If you’re outside of NYC, we will send you a shipping label, and cover the cost of freight! If your company would like to help with shipping costs – Please send your box(es) of shoes here.
Who knew being philanthropic could be so easy!
Walkable Collections is the shoe recycling division of Wearable Collections.
Check out some of the companies already involved!
FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO REQUEST A SHOE BIN
Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vassar Elementary and Kinry Elementary, both in the town of Poughkeepsie, have partnered with Wearable Collections to activate the public to “clean out its closets, attics, and basements”, in an effort to support the schools and their students. Vassar Road and Kinry Road elementary schools will hold textile recycling fundraisers November 6th.
Vassar Elementary is located at 174 Vassar Road
Kinry Elementary is located at 58 Kinry Road.
For more information please contact contact Vassar Elementary at 845-463-7860 or Kinry Elementary at 845-463-7322.
If you would like to involve your school in a clothing, shoe and textile drive to generate funds for charity and/or your school, please contact us anytime and fill our a request form HERE!
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