RECYCLE AND REUSE
These are common themes at Unique Thrift Stores. Our merchandise consists gently used items that we purchase in bulk from local and national charities. We sort the merchandise to find the items our customers are interested in & that meet our quality standards. Through the investment in processing and merchandising, we can give a second life to many of these items and keep them out of landfills.
For items that are not sold in one of our stores, they may be sold in bulk to brokers who ship merchandise around the world to various developing nations. Other items may be sold to material wholesalers who make commercial rags and fiber based products. We’re always interested in finding new ways to further extend the life of this merchandise.
We are proud of the recycling role our company has played over the past 4 decades and in supporting neighborhoods with quality resale items at affordable prices. Unique Thrift Stores is a member of the Illinois Recycling Association.
We are proud of the recycling role our company has played over the past three decades in supporting neighborhoods with quality resale items at affordable prices, in addition to benefiting the environment by investing in reusing and recycling, long before this became an environmental imperative.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Each American disposes of about 35 pounds of old clothing and other textiles each year, yet only 10 pounds per person are recycled.(IL Recycling Association Website)
• The textile recycling industry, with some 2,000 companies, removes annually from the solid waste stream 2.5 billion pounds of post consumer textile product waste. (Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association)
• How is used clothing recycled? According to the Council for Textile Recycling, almost half (48%) is recycled as secondhand clothing; approximately 20% become wiping and polishing cloths and approximately 26% is converted to fiber to be used in other products.
Illinois Recycling Association: www.illinoisrecycles.org
Council for Textile Recycling: www.textilerecycle.org
Indiana Recyling Coalition: www.indianarecycling.org
Ohio EPA: www.epa.state.oh.us/ocapp/recycle.html
Unique Thrift Stores, a member of the Illinois Recycling Association.