Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation Teams Up with Stuffstr App To Keep More Clothes Out of Landfill and Support Mentoring Programs

 

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern CT Foundation (BBBSSWCTF) and Stuffstr are teaming up to help keep apparel out of landfills and recycle it through a partnership with Savers to benefit their mentoring programs.

 

BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT – January 17, 2017 – In the U.S., 85% of textiles end up in landfill, yet nearly all could be reused or repurposed if collected responsibly. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern CT Foundation collects millions of pounds of clothing every year, along with household items.  Those clothes are re-sold or recycled through a partnership with Savers, and the proceeds support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern CT mentoring program.  They are committed to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better. That’s why Big Brothers Big Sisters and Stuffstr have teamed up to make it even easier for BBBSF supporters to find nearby donation facilities. Stuffstr, which is available in the App Store®, matches things you’re not using to nearby organizations that reuse or recycle them. BBBSSWCTF is the first major charity to distribute a co-branded Stuffstr app to its supporters. BBBSSWCTF supporters can download the app here, and they’ll automatically be directed to the nearest BBBSF location to drop off their unwanted clothing for reuse and recycling, or schedule a free at-home pick-up.

“The average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing every year,” said Stuffstr CEO John Atcheson.”  The Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southwestern CT Foundation has been collecting used clothing for years, and uses the proceeds to fund their award-winning mentoring activities.  This is exactly the type of program Stuffstr was created to support. Working together, Stuffstr and BBBSSWCTF are reducing waste, raising money for great causes, and accelerating the transition to a circular economy.”

Rebecca Flynn of BBBSF of SW Connecticut added, “Since we launched our garment collecting initiative in 2009, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation of SW Connecticut has gathered and given new life to more than 60 million lbs. of garments. The Stuffstr App helps our customers quickly and easily find nearby drop boxes, which reduces our collection costs and leaves more funds available to fund our mentorship programs.”

 

About Stuffstr

Stuffstr increases the use and recirculation of the things we buy, helping people reduce clutter and keep things out of landfill. Based in Seattle, Washington, the company is a recognized leader in the global movement towards a circular economy, and a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100. Visit our website for more information.

 

About BBBS of Southwestern CT Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2009 through a partnership with big box thrift store Savers, to create a clothing collection business that helps financially support mentoring in the area to at-risk youth.  This year alone nearly 500 kids will be provided mentors with no cost to families or mentors, we know mentors change kids’ lives for the better thanks to generous support through partnerships like ours with Savers.

 

Media Contacts:

Stuffstr, PBC

Debra Bouchegnies

Director of Marketing Communications

debra@stuffstr.com

206.228.1676

 

BBBSF of SW Connecticut Media Contact

Rebecca Flynn

Marketing and Communications Manager

rebecca.flynn@bbbsswct.org

203.727.3539