Planet Aid Celebrates World Water Day

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World Water Day was established to raise awareness about the need to save vital water resources. Planet Aid is helping to celebrate the day and encourages the public to save water by recycling textiles.

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International nonprofit Planet Aid is joining with organizations around the globe on World Water Day to help focus attention on the need to preserve the Earth's water resources. This international day of awareness and action underscores the importance of water as a dwindling environmental resource. The first World Water Day was designated by the UN General Assembly on March 22, 1993. It has been held annually since then.

As described on Planet Aid's website, textile production is water intensive. For example, it takes approximately 700 gallons to manufacture just one T-shirt. Planet Aid seeks to reduce consumption of water and other valuable resources by making it as convenient as possible for consumers to drop off their unwanted clothing and other textiles.

“We want to spread the word about just how much water and other resources go into producing new clothing,” said Planet Aid CEO Ester Neltrup. “We want to remind everyone to not let those resources go to waste by throwing unwanted clothing into the trash.”

Planet Aid operates more than 20,000 of its iconic yellow bins nationwide, diverting nearly a million pounds of textiles per year from municipal waste streams. This clothing is reused or recycled, thereby reducing the need to produce new clothing. Through the sale of the gathered material, Planet Aid funds its environmental and charitable initiatives around the globe.

Initiatives supported by Planet Aid include teacher training colleges in rural developing areas, farmers’ clubs that facilitate cooperative connections and provide training in the use of sustainable farming methods, and the HOPE project, which supports those who are suffering from AIDS.

About Planet Aid

Planet Aid is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and is registered with USAID as a private voluntary organization. The net proceeds from its 21-state recycling operation help to support projects aimed at eliminating poverty. Since its inception in 1997, Planet Aid has provided more than $100 million to support projects on three continents. Planet Aid supports programs in education, teacher training, nutrition, and agriculture and economic development.

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