Earth Day 2017

Join Johnson County Recycles and the merchants of Downtown Overland Park as we celebrate Earth Day 2017 from Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22, and help us as we take steps to help reduce the amount of textile waste sent to area landfills:

Thursday, April 20 | 6:30 p.m. | The Rio Theatre

Image via The True Cost

Join us for a FREE screening of The True Cost, a story about the clothes we wear, the people who make them and the impact the clothing industry has on the world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have continued to grow dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who is really paying for the price of our clothing?

Ethical fashions will be modeled prior to the screening featuring fair trade fashions from Ten Thousand Villages Overland Park, upscale, re-sale clothing and accessories from Sacks on Santa Fe and styling by Hair Lovin'.

  • 6:30 p.m. | Doors Open/Ethical Fashion Show Begins
  • 7:00 p.m. | Screening of The True Cost Begins
  • 8:30 p.m. | Question & Answer Session

There is no cost to this event, but we do ask that you RSVP here.

Friday, April 21 | 5:00 p.m. | Local Life 3rd Friday

Image via the Council for Textile Recycling

Did you know that the average American throws away an average of 70 pounds of clothing each year? Stop by the clock tower patio between 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. during April's Local Life 3rd Friday event to see just how much clothing waste 70 pounds actually is and pick up information about Saturday's Earth Day clothing and textile recycling event.

Saturday, April 22 | 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | InterUrban ArtHouse

The U.S. EPA estimates that while the textile recycling industry recycles approximately 3.8 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste each year, nearly 85% of post-consumer textile wastes still ends up in landfills each year. The EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.

This Earth Day, join Johnson County Recycles and Downtown Overland Park merchants as we do our part to reduce the amount of textile waste in area landfills. Clothing and textile recyclables will be collected and redistributed to non-profits, shelters and other charitable organizations around Kansas City to provide new life and purpose to items that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

Bring your clothing and textile recyclables to the drop-off point behind the future home of the InterUrban ArtHouse (8010 Conser Street/behind the Post Office) between 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Volunteers will help you unload your recyclables and sort them to determine where they can be re-used or re-purposed. Your textiles may find a new home at one of the following area organizations (more organizations to be announced soon):

Towels and blankets will go to Great Plains SPCA, Kansas City's most comprehensive no-kill shelter and adoption campus. Great Plains offers a lifelong, full-circle approach for pets and their human companions with a three-pronged approach: prevention, adoption, retention.

Gently-used kid's jackets and coats will be sent to Growing Futures Early Education Center to be distributed to children in the program in need of warm items around the holiday season.

Gently-used and in-season children, maternity, plus-sized and adolescent boys' clothing and women's and children's sandals will be sent to SAFEHOME in support of their mission to create a community free of domestic and partner abuse. Items that the shelter is unable to use will be "re-gifted" to Blessings Abound Thrift at 95th and Metcalf.

The Clothing Exchange offers gently used clothing and shoes from infant to adult sizes to those within the Shawnee Mission School District boundaries.

Textiles and fabrics will be re-purposed by the ladies of Stitching Change into pillowcases, re-usable bags and more. Stitching Change is a grassroots organization that helps refugee women empower themselves through the creation of sustainable income.

Towels and blankets will be sent to Unleashed Pet Rescue & Adoption to help their mission of working with high kill shelters in the Kansas City area to pull “unwanted” pets to safety.

Towels and blankets will also go to Wayside Waifs, Kansas City's largest no-kill shelter and adoption campus. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in their care.