Friday, June 25, 2010

fashion friday :: buffalo exchange

The first Buffalo Exchange opened in 1974 in Tucson, Arizona
by Kerstin and Spencer Block. To our knowledge, this was the 
very first store that bought, sold, traded and took clothing items 
and accessories on consignment.  Kerstin, being Swedish, thought 
the word 'Buffalo' was very American.  And since the store was 
going to be an 'Exchange,' the store's name was born.

Buffalo Exchange is a sustainable company that works to protect the 
environment by reusing and recycling clothing.  The EPA estimates 
12.4 million tons of textiles were generated in 2008, or 5 percent of 
total U.S. municipal solid waste.  Nearly half of the 2.5 billion pounds 
of postconsumer textile waste prevented from entering the solid waste 
stream is recycled as secondhand clothing, according to the Council
for Textile Recycling