A win-win: Help the environment and benefit charities
April 21, 2014 - Green Buildings
All told, N.Y.C. residents discard 193,000 tons of textiles every year, at a huge cost to taxpayers and our environment. But with a bit of help from building owners and property managers, landfills are now going on a diet. Unlike glass and aluminum recycling, which has only been in vogue for the past 40 years, the rag trade has been part of the American fiber for over a century. But a new crop of companies with a social enterprise heart and a philanthropic soul are coming to a building near you. Young upstarts like SpinGreen.com have taken the five boroughs by storm. Rather than having residents discard of their used clothing, shoes, linens, belts, towels and toys in the trash, which increases cost of sanitation, clogs up trash chutes and increases costs to the building of maintaining more unnecessary garbage, you now can sign up to have a textile recycling container for your building. The program is fully licensed and insured and offers an additional revenue stream to the building.
Yes now the building owner, property manager or coop/condo board not only saves money by recycling but generate an income and help the environment.
A true win-win! An easy and convenient way for your residents to recycle. Thrift store charities retail only a fraction of the donations they collect, selling or discarding the rest. Unless its high quality donation grade. Well not anymore. SpinGreen is a woman-owned recycling company that accepts donation and non-donation grade textiles. The good stuff benefits charities such as: American Diabetes Association, Madison Boys and Girls Club, GMHC, RAJE, and others. The stuff that is badly ripped, stained and torn is recycled into cool, new eco-products such as organic house and roof insulation. Zero textile mission accomplished! Resident approved!
Polina Groman is the CEO of SpinGreen.com, Brooklyn, N.Y.