Promoting sustainability through the reuse and repurposing of outerwear is one of One Warm Coat’s core values.

In celebration of Earth Day, and in striving to always promote environmental awareness, One Warm Coat encourages everyone to recycle their wearable clothing. Each year, the Coat Drive Program keeps more than a million pounds of clothing out of landfills while providing basic protection from the cold to children and adults across the United States. (Thanks to the New York Times for including One Warm Coat in a recent article about this!)

Move The Chain

One Warm Coat is celebrating spring and Earth Day with Move the Chain, a social giving app, by participating in the #SpringCleanChallenge. To participate, simply post a photo or video of your spring cleaning efforts to social media, and tag and follow @OneWarmCoat and @MoveTheChain

Anyone who downloads Move The Chain’s app and posts their #SpringCleanChallenge video there will be automatically entered to win a $250 Airbnb gift card. 

And, you will be helping the environment by promoting the importance of upcycling and reducing our impact on the planet. 

Now is a great time to go through your closets and donate your coats. Whether you have children who have outgrown their winter coats, or you’re thinking of getting a new coat for yourself next winter, you can make a difference by donating any coats you no longer need.  (Here’s a link to drop off locations in your area.)

COVID-19 Impact

Because of the economic crisis created by COVID-19, demand for coats in most communities is up by an average of 50 percent. Meanwhile, One Warm Coat experienced a more than 50 percent decrease in the number of coat drives during the pandemic.

The result: A shortage of warm winter coats at a time when an estimated 30 million Americans are unemployed and more than 1 in 8 American households are living in poverty

If you want to take an extra step to impact the lives of multiple families and individuals in your community, you can host a coat drive of your own, now, or in the fall.