Our building is now a participant in Re-fashion NYC — a partnership between the city government and Housing Works to make clothing donation as easy as possible. A donation bin has been conveniently installed in our courtyard for your donations of any clean fabric or material, including clothing, towels, linens, curtains, or clean rags, as well as accessories such as belts and handbags. You can deposit the items loose or in clear plastic bags. Tax donation forms are available on the outside of the bin.
Our donations will be picked up and transported to a Housing Works warehouse in Queens for sorting. Some donations will be sold in Housing Works’ shops throughout NYC or at one of their “all you can stuff” warehouse sales. Some leftovers from these sales will be shipped to another nonprofit shop in Haiti, while others will be made available to different nonprofit thrift shops for sale in their stores. The rest will be sold to a used textile merchant for recycling or export to overseas markets. In all cases, the profits generated from the sale will benefit low-income and homeless New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
I am personally very excited that we have signed on to this worthy program, and encourage all of you to participate. Special thanks to our fellow shareholder Drake Stutesman for bringing this program to our attention. Additional details can be found here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/stuff/clothing.shtml and a NY Times article on this topic can be found here: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/a-new-york-debut-for-textile-recycling/?_r=0