Every day, Recover aims to create and perform concrete actions that realize our mission. Since 2010, we have diverted 5.4 million plastic bottles from the landfill and we're still counting. With every Recover tee purchased, that number goes up by 8.
Beyond our products, our manufacturing process results in a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 66% reduction in energy consumption, and 55% reduction in water consumption compared to that of a conventionally dyed shirt.
At Recover, while we work to create impact in numbers, we also work to create impact in what you can't necessarily quantify. Partnering with local, national and global nonprofits that are environmentally and socially focused, we directly raise funds for these organizations, spread the word about them, and get out there in the field to work with them whenever we can. Locally, we volunteer with Mountain True river clean-ups in Western North Carolina, picking up littered trash from our waterways that we then upcycle into Recover products. Nationally, we partner with such organizations as Earth Day Network, which we were able to directly donate $16,000 to through the sales of a co-branded tee last April. With Recover’s Protect Our Parks tee and ongoing campaign, we donate $5 from each shirt sale to the National Park Foundation. Globally, we collaborate with work co-ops and facilities in Haiti and Guatemala that create sustainable jobs and positive impact in communities abroad.
Recover also works to educate and inspire through Recover programs and partnerships. Our Recover Artist Development (RAD) program was created to highlight and support up-and-coming artists. We developed the Recover Carbon Offset program to take action to address climate change, and extend action on this pressing global issue beyond Recover's internal choices through work, donation and education with conscious and driven partners. Recover is also proud to collaborate with such organizations as the BFB Foundation, which offers girls and women educational support, personal mentorship, and professional mentorship in the communities surrounding Recover's partner facility in Guatemala.
A 1% for the Planet member, Recover is further committed to donating at least 1% of total sales to nonprofits, but it has always made sense to us to go above and beyond whatever norms are out there.