Today, Savers and guest panelists came together on Twitter at #RethinkReuse to discuss the environmental impacts of our wardrobes, and how we can prevent landfills from becoming laundry piles.
Savers, a global purpose-driven thrift retailer, was founded more than 60 years ago on a commitment to reuse. In the last year alone, Savers helped divert more than 650 million pounds of used clothing and goods from landfills.
Today, during the Sustainable Brands conference, Savers launched its State of Reuse Report — which examines consumer attitudes and behaviors regarding reuse, particularly around clothing and textiles. A key finding of the report is that there are barriers to donating used goods and misconceptions around donating and shopping thrift, leaving an opportunity to further educate the public. The purpose of this report is to raise awareness about textile and clothing waste, sparking a conversation that helps identify ways to spur people to “Rethink Reuse.”
During #RethinkReuse, we discussed the following, and much more:
- How people, businesses, governments, sustainability and nonprofit organizations can provide solutions to combat the environmental impacts of clothing waste
- The surprising data and findings from Savers’ State of Reuse Report
- How Savers is now at the center of the conversation through engaging with thought leaders on reuse in the U.S. and Canada
- How Savers encourages the public to donate used goods to nonprofit organizations and to shop thrift
Here’s the full synopsis of the conversation, as it took place:
Savers is a for-profit privately held global thrift retailer offering clothing and accessories for men, women and children and household goods. Through its unique business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling secondhand merchandise, the Savers family of thrift stores (including Value Village, Unique Thrift and Village des Valeurs brands) benefits more than 120 nonprofit organizations, gives local consumers a smart way to shop and saves 650 million pounds of quality used goods from landfills each year. Savers pays its nonprofit partners for donated goods, turning otherwise unused items into sustainable funding that supports their missions. Savers operates nearly 330 locations and has 22,000 employees in the United States, Canada and Australia.
For more information, please visit www.savers.com.
TVI, Inc. d/b/a Savers and Value Village is a for-profit professional fundraiser. Visit savers.com/disclosures for state specific disclosures.