Clothes Bin® is a for-profit, franchise that allows individuals across the country to earn money, while doing right by the planet. We often get asked how Clothes Bin® compares to “the competition,” so we’ll use this space to clarify a few common misconceptions. There are many ways to go green and combat textile waste. There are charities, businesses, entrepreneurs, recyclers, and boutiques all moving toward the same objective, though the business models and quality of program may differ.
Despite the fact that Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have been to outer space, we currently only have one habitable planet to live in, so we’ve got to take care of it. Currently, 85% of textiles produced end up in landfills. The average American discards more than 81 pounds of textile waste each year, sending the equivalent of a full garbage truck to a landfill site every second. By 2030, we are expected to needlessly throw away 268 billion tons of clothing, shoes, and other textiles a year worldwide. This trajectory is unsustainable and will reach crisis proportions if something isn’t done today.
We are NOT a charity.
Organizations like the Salvation Army collect used textiles for resale. They oversee donation intake, sorting all items, and reselling or discarding what cannot be used.
Clothes Bin® is a green, for-profit recycling franchise that does not compete directly with charities. Textile contributions are not tax-deductible. We target the 85% of textiles that ordinarily end up in landfills, not the amount already donated to charity.
Clothes Bin® does offer fundraising programs by helping schools and other organizations raise money for their respective interests. We provide the Bins free of charge, and then pay the organization for the Bin contents based on a set price per pound.
We are NOT a recycling company.
Communities or businesses that are looking to partner with green initiatives can partner with large recycling companies within their state or that operate across state lines. They put up a donation receptacle, as they would have a trash receptacle, and the company arrives to cart the items away. Recycling companies can be a way to attract customers to a business or demonstrate stewardship for the Earth, but it generates profit for the company only, and not the community partner.
By contrast, Clothes Bin® is an independently-owned franchise meaning:
- YOU own a flexible, part-time business with virtually no overhead.
- YOU collect the profits of textiles collected and sold through your Bin.
- We provide full franchise support covering all aspects of management and operations.
Our brand attracts veterans, teachers, executives, firefighters, police officers, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking for a side hustle that can enhance their livelihood.
What Makes Clothes Bin® Different?
You may have seen other collection containers in your area, but Clothes Bin® offers the latest technology.
- The custom-designed Bins are constructed from galvanized steel to resist corrosion and warping.
- The powder-coated paint is pre-mixed with a solution that wipes away graffiti with one ingredient.
- The mailbox-style chute secured with a heavy-duty, tamper-proof master lock prevents theft.
- BLIP technology monitors the fill levels of the Bins and proactively notifies franchisees at service time.
We opened our first franchise in November of 2016, Clothes Bin® is lead by executives with deep experience in textile recycling and management. We are listed among Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 500 franchises” and are among INC’s “Top 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.” If you’re looking for a way to go green and earn supplemental income, consider starting a local, SBA-approved Clothes Bin® franchise.
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