Planet Aid at Home in 2019

During 2019, Planet Aid helped divert 88 million pounds of clothing and other textile materials from disposal in the United States, saving valuable resources. Clothing that is disposed of in landfills releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Clothing that is instead reused not only reduces landfill burdens, but reduces the need to produce new textile fibers and manufacture new clothing—a resource intensive process requiring large inputs of fossil fuels, water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Reusing clothing saves resources and reduces harmful environmental impacts, including reductions in emissions that contribute to climate change. By making it more convenient for consumers to drop off their unwanted clothing, Planet Aid helps increase textile reuse and recycling rates.

Read more about our recycling efforts.

Here are a few highlights from our work in 2019:

Planet Aid Thrift Store Reopens at New Location

In June 2019, the Planet Aid Thrift Store reopened its doors at its new location in Rockville, Md. Previously located in Catonsville, the new 28,000 square-foot building allows more space for donated merchandise. All of the thrift store’s inventory is donated to Planet Aid through our yellow bins or at one of our drop-off centers.

During the grand opening, Thrift Store Manager Cedric Horton emphasized the importance of having a newer, more spacious store for the local community to shop secondhand. “The new store is more centralized to reach more customers in the DMV [DC, Maryland, Virginia metropolitan area],” he said. “This location also gives the Planet Aid Thrift Store the visual ability to grow our brand and mission and to become a household name in the DMV.”

Visit the Planet Aid Thrift Store at 552 Randolph Road, Rockville, MD 20852. For store hours and more information, visit the Thrift Store online.

Planet Aid Donates Backpacks to School Children

In July 2019, Planet Aid in Milford, Mass., donated 350 backpacks to HYPE (Helping Youth Prepare Everyday) Basketball Academy in preparation for their annual back to school program.

HYPE is a year-round program that works at public elementary schools and public playgrounds to service hundreds of children each year. The program aims to equip young student-athletes with the proper skills and training essential for becoming effective role-models.

Planet Aid Donates Thousands of Coats to Those in Need

Each year, Planet Aid works with local organizations in the United States to donate to those struggling during the winter months.

In 2019, Planet Aid donated over 1,000 winter coats to City Mission, a ministry that provides housing and services to people in need in Cleveland, Ohio. The coat drive began during the second week of November and lasted an entire month. Our dedicated drivers separated all of the coats received in our donation bins. Planet Aid warehouse personnel then washed and bagged them, ensuring they were all in good condition. 

Additionally, Planet Aid, in conjunction with the IBERO Youth Division in Rochester, N.Y., held a winter coat drive in November 2019. Over 8,000 pounds of donated coats were distributed to families in need.

Planet Aid Assists Homeless in Washington, D.C.

In April 2019, Planet Aid supported Friendship Place, a homeless housing provider in Washington, D.C., with donations of professional business attire and other clothing.

"Friendship Place is thrilled by Planet Aid's generous clothing donation, which will support participants in our employment program,” said Anne-Marie Buron, Friendship Place Community Engagement Manager. "The items will also be shared with our partners who distribute clothes and other basic needs through street outreach. Thank you to Planet Aid for supporting our mission of ending homelessness and rebuilding lives."  

Friendship Place works to ensure every person has a place to call home. Their goal is to end homelessness in Washington, D.C., and to establish a sustainable model that can be replicated across the nation.


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