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Textile Bin on Brookwood Road

Updated: May 1

Some of you might have noticed a textile bin on Brookwood Road! Earlier this year, 8th grader, Addie W., submitted a proposal to school leadership to help increase awareness around textile waste and bolster community support for sustainability initiatives. Below, you’ll find details from the proposal she presented. A huge thank you to Addie, and also to you for contributing any unused textiles to their cause. The bin will be a permanent fixture on Brookwood Road.

Why?

  • Sadly, 250,000 tons of textiles in Massachusetts go to landfills and are wasted and thrown out.

  • Clothes and various textiles can take up to 40 years to decompose.

  • Shoes take up to 1000 years to decompose.

  • It takes 700 gallons of water to make a cotton T-shirt.

  • But 95% can be reused or recycled into new products.

  • Textiles can be reused into making many things such as sports fields, pillow stuffing, paper money, baseball filling, carpet padding, or straight to a new owner to wear.

Benefits

  • Would spread awareness about wasted textiles and solutions to the problem

  • Year round ability for Brookwood families to donate

  • No cost

  • Brookwood would receive revenue from the donations (I propose that the money goes into sustainability programs like gardens or compost programs)

  • Help the environment by recycling what we can!

  • Bay State Textiles provides educational material to give to students

  • $100 per ton of textiles donated (They track the weight with weekly reporting)

  • (The company is insured and the drivers are CORI checked)

  • This is better than a one or two time collection like Brookwood has done in the past, no storage needed, saves time for volunteers, and saves space!

This program helps Brookwood get involved in helping our earth by recycling and repurposing what we can!


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