Massachusetts School Box Programs
Waste characterization studies done by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in the Fall of 2010 and Winter of 2011 determined textiles make up 5% of Massachusetts’s waste. Bay State Textiles partnered with the Weymouth & Quincy Public Schools in the Spring of 2012, offering a six month pilot program as a solution to the problem of unwanted textiles. Both the Weymouth and Quincy Programs proved to be successful and the School Box Program took off from there. Within five years Bay State Textiles partnered with over (70) school districts, generating thousands of dollars for school communities in Massachusetts.
The focus of the School Box Program is to spread awareness to the problem of unwanted textiles, educate on acceptable items for textile recycling/reuse, while generating much-needed revenue for the school communities. There is no cost to the program and Bay State Textiles handles all of the logistics to the program.
Bay State Textiles encourages peer to peer education. Kerrie Vaughan will visit with High School students to share on the problem of unwanted textiles, the environmental impact of textile recycling/reuse, the local and global economic impact of textile recycling/reuse and the after life of unwanted textiles. The School Box Program has been brought into the business classroom offering students with an entrepreneurial spirit a REAL world business plan to market and promote their school’s program. The School Box Program offers an opportunity for community service hours, suggesting Environmental students take what they learn and share with elementary or middle school students.
- District-wide Program
- Revenue generated for the school community
- Educational material provided
- Addresses a REAL world problem
- Math, geography and economics
For more information on the benefits of Bay State Textiles’ Box Program vs. Clothing Drives, click below!