FAQs

What is Gemtext?

Gemtext is an Northwest-based sustainability company. We collect clothes and shoes and resell them in the U.S. or abroad for re-wear or re-use. We receive permission from property managers or business owners to place our bins in parking lots of businesses, schools and churches. Gemtext accepts donated clothing, shoes, purses, belts and household linens, and then create new revenue streams for U.S. businesses and non-profits.

Does Gemtext compete with other charities that collect clothing?

Not at all. According to the EPA, 2.5 billion pounds of used clothing ends up in the landfill each year, and that’s in spite of charities and thrift stores best collection efforts. Many Americans donate their unwanted clothes to charities like Goodwill Industries, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul and other meaningful organizations.

Gemtext recognizes and applauds people’s generosity and personal charitable contributions. However, a recent Goodwill Industries study showed that most Americans would not drive more than 10 minutes out of their way to donate to Goodwill. That’s why having donation stations in communities where people live and work is so important; convenience is critical to consumers.

At Gemtext, our goal is to make it effortless for residents to donate their unwanted clothes and shoes.

Why does reusing clothing and shoes matter?

Textiles take up nearly 8% of our country’s landfills – almost all of them take hundreds of years to de-compose. They actually take up more space in our landfill than any other non-durable goods in the solid waste system. When these items are rewarn, the benefits are exponential. Recycling conserves raw materials and natural resources, and this means that less has to be extracted, refined, transported and

processed. Energy is conserved that would have been used in the manufacturing process of new products. Decreased energy use results in smaller carbon footprints and decreased greenhouse gasses and emissions.

Additionally, we all save money. Garbage bills decrease and we all pay less in taxes to support of landfills and solid waste disposal.

In addition, the Gemtext model provides usable clothing to the millions of poor in third world countries that they might not otherwise have access to. Some clothes collected in Gemtext donation stations are sold in domestic thrift stores.

What items does Gemtext accept and not accept?

Clean Used Clothing

Clean Paired Shoes

Belts

Purses

Jewelry

Towels

Sheets

Stained or Ripped Clothing

High Chairs

Mattresses

Cribs

Oil soaked textiles

Car Seats

Carpeting

Furniture

Pillows

Large Appliances

T.V.’s

Fabric Scraps

Bedspreads

Quilts

Mattress pads

Anything glass/breakable

Please place all acceptable items in a clean, tied bag when placing in the donation staitons. This helps keep the items clean allowing for the highest quality donations. Thank you!

What happens to my items once it is collected from the donation stations?

All items are transported to the Gemtext collection facility and prepared for shipment and sorting. In larger regional warehouses, the clothing is sorted and graded. Those in good condition for domestic re-sale are sent to thrift stores in the US. Other clothes are targeted for markets in 2nd and 3rd world countries, where they are sold in open-air markets, bazaars, etc.. These shops are

not only an affordable source of clothing, but they create jobs in-country as well.

Why would I want a donation station at my business?

Gemtext is a professional donation company and we make sure that our entire model adheres to the highest standards. We help partners evaluate potential placement locations and take care of all servicing and maintenance. This is all provided at NO COST to the business.

The donation station is maintained in pristine condition and is fully insured. The donation station  will be emptied no less than once per week based on items levels. Gemtext is responsible for cleanliness of the area within 10 feet of the recycling station, including snow and weed removal. The signs on the home have a 24 hour/7 day a week “hotline”, and our team services all calls within one hour. Gemtext donation station occupy less than one parking space.

As America furthers its efforts in going “green”, recycling becomes more and more important. Benefits of hosting a Gemtext donation station  on your location include:

Retailers, property managers and business owners are always looking for innovative ways to attract new customers to their location.

Build patronage at your location a convenient destination for your customers to drop off their unwanted clothes and shoes giving them another reason to visit your location.

Reduces environmental impact of clothing manufacturing

Reduces stress on landfills

Makes a positive statement about your business’ commitment to the community and environment

Benefits local children facing life-threatening medical conditions, Gemtext’s social responsibility platform

How often is the donation station emptied/serviced?

All Gemtext recycling stations are visited on a weekly schedule by our professional drivers and baggers. We carefully monitor items levels to ensure that we are picking up items frequently enough to prevent overflow. Our drivers will always take everything left in and around the home and the recycling staiton will always be in pristine condition. Our drivers inspect the homes and immediately arrange for any necessary maintenance. We have a 24/7 number on every recycling staiton for any concern to be reported. To report a problem with our recycling station please call:

boise

In the Boise area:

208-515-3472

spokane

In the Spokane area:

877-640-2906

portland

In the Oregon area:

877-425-2158

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