Twice a year in the Fall and Spring, I go through the ritual of recycling seasonal clothing. It’s a challenging task, one that usually takes me a few days and one that I dread doing. It’s much more than just unpacking and repacking, its the hanging up, folding and organizing the season’s clothes in the closets, taking time to see what’s going to make the ‘get-rid-of’ pile versus what’s going to make it in the ‘this can stay pile’. And though its an arduous task, I know that doing so keeps the excess from piling up in what seems to me to be my shrinking closets. It’s part of my recycling plan – to make sure I inspect those items that are still useful while getting rid of those items that just haven’t been used (usually for a couple of seasons) and passing them on to a local non-profit so that someone else may make use of them.
When I was first explored working for Century Products, one of the things that interested me was their environmental commitment. At its core, Century is committed to providing products that fosters sustainability. The company continuously expands its product portfolio by looking for products manufactured with reclaimed materials or ones that use renewable resources which have minimum impact on the environment. This is important as we only have one world and we are running out of landfills in which to fill.
Sustainability and Recycling
According to the EPA, “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.” Recycling with its roots in sustainability helps preserve the earth’s natural resources. Furthermore, when we choose to purchase products made with recyclable materials (or in my case, recycle old clothing) we provide the following benefits: reduce solid waste in landfills, demonstrate sustainability and environmentalism, reduce the carbon footprint, create economic development around the world, convert waste products into value-added products and provide employment to semi-skilled or marginally employable U.S. workers (1).
So the next time I dread switching out my closet, I’ll keep in mind how my recycling plan is helping our environment. And the next time you need quality products choose to select ones made from recycled materials for your business or maybe for your home — a dust pan, paper towels, bath tissue or more — take a look at Century Products and you too will be doing your part in helping to save the world for tomorrow’s inhabitants.