BELLEVUE, Wash., April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to educate consumers about the environmental threat of clothing waste and the benefits of textile recycling, Value Village will place a large-scale educational exhibit in Westlake Center on Saturday, April 18. The first-of-its-kind exhibit will be an artistic representation of four people, filled with real clothing and textiles, visualizing Environmental Protection Agency's statistic that the average North American throws out 70 pounds of textiles each year, 95 percent of which could have been recycled.
This interactive, larger-than-life exhibit is part of Value Village's sustained commitment to create a better world through reuse and recycling. Value Village, one of the largest textile recyclers in the world, is responsible for keeping more than 650 million pounds of goods from reaching landfills annually – equivalent in weight to more than 3,000 Boeing 737 airplanes. Value Village works in tandem with local governments, waste management partners and recycling customers, and since its founding in 1954, has made it a mission to give used goods a second life. Recently, Value Village partnered with King County's Recycling and Environmental Services on its Threadcycle program to educate King County residents that damaged textiles should be donated, not thrown away.
"We at Value Village firmly believe in the power of reuse to create a better and more sustainable world, and we are proud to be one of the largest textile recycles in the world," said Ken Alterman, President and CEO of Value Village. "We hope that the public interacts with - and learns from - this exhibit, walking away feeling empowered to make the choice to donate unneeded goods at Value Village on behalf of and in support of our local nonprofit partners, rather than throwing them away and adding to landfills."
The Value Village Earth Month exhibit will be set up and available for the public to engage with all day, Saturday, April 18 in the Westlake Center Plaza. Additional recycling facts and tips can be found by connecting with Value Village's social media network at www.facebook.com/ValueVillage, @SaversVVillage on Twitter, @ValueVillage_thrift on Instagram and Pinterest.com/SaversVVillage.
But it doesn't end there. The community is urged to become a part of the Value Village reuse cycle and make a positive impact on the environment, while supporting local nonprofit organizations like Northwest Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters Puget Sound and Sight Connection, among others. Learn more today at www.valuevillage.com.
About Value Village
Value Village, a Savers brand, is a 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 benefits more than 150 nonprofit organizations, gives local consumers a smart way to shop and saves more than 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 vital community programs and services. Savers operates over 330 locations and has 20,000 employees in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, please visit www.ValueVillage.com.