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helping our environment
Buffalo Exchange is a sustainable business that works to protect the environment by reusing and recycling clothing. Because we deal in local resale, emissions from production or distribution are eliminated. The E.P.A. estimates 13.1 million tons of textiles were generated in 2010, or 5.3% of total U.S. municipal solid waste. An estimated 14.0% of textiles in clothing and footwear was recovered for export or reprocessing in 2010. So trading used clothing has a positive environmental impact.
Through our Tokens for Bags® program, Buffalo Exchange has raised nearly $550,000 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations since 1994, saving 10.9 million bags from polluting the environment. Shoppers are encouraged to accept a token instead of a bag for purchases, and Buffalo Exchange donates five cents to a charity of the customer's choice.
Buffalo Exchange raised $40,050 for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at our Earth Day Dollar Day Sale in April 2014. All proceeds benefited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and its current programs, including the Pollination Hotspots Program. Buffalo Exchange offices in Tucson and Tempe are certified by The HSUS as Urban Wildlife Sanctuaries. Buffalo Exchange has raised $464,359 for environmental causes through Dollar Day Sales on Earth Day since 1997.
coats for cubs
Buffalo Exchange's Coats for Cubs annual used fur drive is recommended by The HSUS. Furs collected provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. With the help of our customers, Buffalo Exchange collected 1,044 used furs for our winter 2014 drive. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange has collected a total of 9,568 used furs on behalf of wildlife rehabilitators nationwide.
Buffalo Exchange, along with other retailers, designers and The HSUS, officially endorsed closing a fur labeling loophole that took effect as the Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-313) on March 10, 2011. On behalf of The HSUS, Buffalo Exchange collected approximately 2,458 Truth in Fur Labeling Act petition signatures. The legislation closes a loophole in the six-decade-old federal fur labeling law that previously allowed many animal fur garments to go unlabeled if the value of the fur was $150 or less, leaving consumers in the dark as to whether they were buying faux or animal fur.