Who we are:
By recycling former abandoned sites, including gasoline stations and convenience stores, GreenDrop offers donors clean, brightly lit, and safe drive-up locations where they are greeted at their car by a uniformed GreenDrop attendant, who unloads their donation, provides tax-deductible documentation and assists donors in directing their giving to either the American Red Cross, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Federation of the Blind or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia. The charities receive cash for the donations, which are sorted and then resold at area thrift stores, sent overseas to developing countries or separated by their component fibers for wholesale manufacturing.
The inventor and visionary:
GreenDrop is the brainchild of Chris Stinnett, a 42-year-old entrepreneur who grew up working in his family’s East Coast thrift stores. Once a nationally ranked equestrian jumper, Stinnett traveled the world competing before opening his own world-class equestrian training facility in Portland, Ore. In 2001, Chris returned to the East Coast and rejoined the family thrift store business. Soon after, he conceived of GreenDrop, which opened its first location in 2012 in Aston, Pa.
GreenDrop now has approximately 30 free-standing locations and mobile trailers that collect on average 100 tons of donations each week. The organization raised $2.5 million for participating charities in 2016.
The GreenDrop mission:
GreenDrop’s mission is to make charitable giving of donated goods as easy, convenient and friendly as possible while helping to promote programs of charitable organizations.
With big box stores like Walmart and Costco becoming more popular than ever and now selling gasoline, more than 50,000 gasoline stations have been abandoned since 1991, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores. Many sit in prime locations, at the heart of towns and neighborhoods, creating developmental problems for communities. At the same time, former convenience stores sit at town centers and present development opportunities where they once served the community.
GreenDrop is converting these formerly abandoned locations into drive-up, branded and staffed donation centers that raise much-needed funding for charities. Today, GreenDrop works with nationally recognized charities – the American Red Cross, the Purple Heart, National Federation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia – with plans to add more charitable organizations in their quest to create community-focused donation centers. In the future, GreenDrop will offer charitable, grassroots, and community-based organizations the opportunity to work with GreenDrop to directly reach their communities and donors through partnerships, multi-media educational presentations, sponsored events, and more.
The circle of donations:
Donated products and clothing are a powerful way for charities to raise money and do good work. But the good work of GreenDrop doesn’t stop there. Each week, GreenDrop prevents about 100 tons of used clothes, electronics and household goods from being thrown into landfills. Much of this product is given new life at:
2nd Ave. Value Stores / Village Thrift:
After donations at GreenDrop locations are sorted, the highest quality items are then sold at 2nd Ave. Value Stores a family business. 2nd Ave. Value Stores benefit donors with high quality product at huge savings.
Many donated products are given new life in developing nations where individuals purchase used American goods for pennies of their original price. Internationally, more than 14.3 million tons of donated American textiles help clothe people and families worldwide.
Heavily worn or damaged donated products are recycled and broken down for their cotton, silk, polyester, and other fibers, which are used to manufacture new goods. Leather and plastics are recycled for reuse, while scrap metal and plastics from electronic and household goods are placed back in the manufacturing stream. In fact, that shirt you are wearing or computer you are using could be made in part from donated recycled American products that have been saved from landfills.