Today is America Recycles Day. So in that vein, I decided to talk about a local business that is all into recycling.
The name of the clothing and accessories boutique is Label Stalker, and it is located in Woodland Square shopping center on South Main Street.
I spoke with store owner Tiffany Deal about her concept, and how it fits into America Recycles Day.
"We sell designer clothing items that we buy from people that don't want them anymore, in addition to 'new' items made from recyclable materials," she said. "Ninety percent of what we offer will be in one of those two categories."
Deal said she has always been passionate about buying local, using what is available, and not creating unnecessary waste, which ultimately helps make our world "greener" and our local economy thrive.
"Americans throw away 68 pounds of clothes on average each year, and we only buy 10 pounds of recycled clothes annually," she said. "At some point, the vast majority of those clothes will end up in a land fill somewhere, and that really bothers me. The clothes that we purchase, if they are not bought here at the store in a timely fashion, will be donated to a thrift store."
One of the items that Deal will be carrying over the holidays is Christmas stockings that have been made locally from old quilts and vintage lace.
"That is an excellent way to repurpose those materials, and to provide someone with something that they will treasure," she said.
The store also will be carrying Daniel Green slippers constructed with recycled wool, and other items that they have purchased through Fair Trade.
A slight aside, the mission of Fair Trade USA is to cultivate a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. Their mission is achieved by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products.
As with Fair Trade, Deal feels her store is part of a grass roots movement, to maximize the resources that we have in the most responsible way possible.
There is definitive change in the wind, and this is one segment of that. In a planet of now seven billion people, I applaud Deal's efforts in trying to make a difference and a buck at the same time.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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