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  • Sustainability is Out, Responsible Innovation is In!

    The word from the fourth annual Copenhagen Fashion Summit held in Denmark this past week is “Sustainability is out and responsible innovation is in.”   Wait. What? So what does that mean for fashion retailers, designers, manufacturers, e-commerce leaders and all of us consumers? Yes, we all love our favorite brands. We want them to respect the environment.  We want to use our spending power to purchase responsibly. We want to give back to our communities. We ...

    Posted at May 16, 2016 | By : | Categories : Green Living,Our Events | 0 Comment
  • Clean Your Closet and Donate Like a Pro!

    Get a jumpstart on Spring cleaning! With nearly 4,000 ATRS Clothing & Shoe Donation bins throughout the nation, it's a breeze to be clean & green while supporting a local charity. Got your donation bag handy? Here are our tips for cleaning and donating like a pro: 1. Pair up your shoes. This thoughtful gesture makes all the difference between sellable and useless to someone in great need. Gently used shoes are highly desirable, so just ...

    Posted at February 15, 2016 | By : | Categories : Green Living | 0 Comment
  • CMO COMMENTARY: SB 1017 Supports a Cleaner, Greener Tennessee

    As of July 1 a statewide bill took effect in Tennessee that set new standards for how donation bin operators do business and provide Clothing & Shoe Recycling services in our neighborhoods. If you are unfamiliar with SB 1017, Jennifer Kraus at News Channel 5 in Nashville has been doing a great job reporting on the changes that began this month. The motivation for these new regulation standards is to provide better information ...

    Posted at July 7, 2015 | By : | Categories : Our Team | 0 Comment
  • CMO COMMENTARY: Know Where to Throw in Tucson

    Good news for Tucson residents! The ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recycling program is expanding quickly. This means more locations for easy, convenient clothing donations and textile recycling at a shopping center, retailer or property management parking lot near you! This past week I had the opportunity to chat with Matthew Schwartz from KVOA, News 4 Tucson about the many bins popping up ...

    Posted at June 10, 2015 | By : | Categories : Our Team | 0 Comment
  • CMO COMMENTARY: Thieves Caught On Tape? You Bet!

    I recently viewed a video shot by a young mom in Van Nuys California as three nervous looking individuals sorted thru garments taken from a collection bin. When ABC7’s Elex Michaelson saw the shocking footage, he asked me “How is this possible?” View the entire ABC7 story here. ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recyclers have a theft proof shoot and very secure door lock. Many of the ...

    Posted at May 8, 2015 | By : | Categories : Our Team | 0 Comment
  • CMO Commentary: That Fake Clothing-Donation Bin Might Not Be What You Think

    I'm the CMO for American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) and recently read an article by Refinery29 about Fake Recycling Bins. Kudos to Refinery29 (one of my fave fashionista go-to resources) for tackling this complex topic and generating great feedback in the comments feed. The badly stenciled bootleg bins featured in the article violate our company's tagline "Your Neighborhood Recycler" and are an unfortunate example of the "bad actors" in our ...

    Posted at July 9, 2014 | By : | Categories : Blog | 1 Comment
  • CMO Commentary: Is There a Battle Over Bins?

    I am the chief marketing officer for American Textile Recycling Service and was interviewed last week by the Detroit News for a story entitled “Clothing resellers in Michigan battle over bins.” Many similar articles have been written by publications all across the nation, most of them with an eerily familiar tone and feel. In fact, the wording and phrases are exactly the same. They sound like reprinted press releases. Kudos to Francis X. Donnelly for doing his own research, allowing ...

    Posted at May 3, 2014 | By : | Categories : Blog | 1 Comment
  • A Common Thread: Queen Creek Residents Launch First Curbside Textile Recycling Program

    We were delighted to attend the SMART annual convention in Phoenix this week, especially because we were able to meet some of the faces behind the textile recycling program launched by the town of Queen Creek, AZ. Speaker Ramona Simpson, Environmental Programs Supervisor for Queen Creek, was on hand to share details about this new program, called “Do More Blue”. Thanks to Do More Blue, residents can now recycle unwanted ...

    Posted at March 7, 2014 | By : | Categories : Blog,Our Partners,Our Team | 0 Comment
  • Behind The Scenes at New York Fashion Week

    Mercedes Benz Fashion Week #NYFW has just ended in New York City and with it a flurry of models, stars and flashing cameras at the famed Lincoln Center. Oh the glamour of it all! The garment industry uses this twice-yearly platform to launch new lines, connect with magazine editors and promote the brands we all love and aspire to buy. But what does it ...

    Posted at September 13, 2013 | By : | Categories : Green Living | 0 Comment
  • Demand for Clothing Recycling is on the Rise

    Earth Day 2013 is just behind us. What a great week it was for community events, tree planting, neighborhood cleanups and much, much more! Make it Earth Day Every Day: More Americans than ever are looking to lower their family’s Eco footprint, reduce waste and leave a greener planet for the next generation. More of us now expect neighborhood associations and cities to ...

    Posted at April 24, 2013 | By : | Categories : Green Living | 0 Comment