Club Ed at Paradise Valley Community College collected 1,400 pounds of clothing donations on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in a green fundraiser to benefit the PVCC Festival of Tales storytelling event and the Future Educators Conference held at PVCC. ClothingCycle pays for every pound of textiles collected.
Bag up your used clothing, towels, shoes, belts, backpacks, pillows, hats, socks, bedding, draperies and stuffed animals and bring them to the curbside drop off point behind the M building near the overflow parking lot, or to the collection table between the Kranitz Student Center and the E building (Library).
ClothingCycle was started to help make a difference in the environment and help schools and other organizations raise money by recycling textiles that otherwise would be thrown into landfills, damaging the environment. The collected textiles are sorted into different recycling categories:
- Usable secondhand clothing which is resold both domestically and in developing nations.
- Wiping rags for commercial and industrial purposes.
- Textiles that will be recycled into fibers to make everyday products such as insulation, carpet padding, upholstery, etc.
- Nike has recycled over 25 Million pairs of shoes to help build playgrounds, running tracks and more around the world.
- Car Insulation and stuffing can be made from knits and woolen materials.
- Buttons and zippers are often stripped from the clothing and reused in vintage clothing ornamentations.
- Most synthetic fibers will never decompose and wool and cotton clothing that does produces methane gas which contributes to global warming.
For more information about textile recycling and fundraising, go to clothingcycle.com.