Buffalo Exchange works to protect the environment by reusing and recycling clothing. Customers buy, sell, and trade clothing, giving it a second life and avoiding contributing to the demand and waste of clothing pollution. We are committed to supporting the communities and environments in which we operate by having environmentally conscious practices and giving charitable contributions, some of which are mentioned below.
Tokens for Bags®
Through our Tokens for Bags® program, shoppers are offered a token in place of a bag, which they can donate to one of three local charities. For each token, we donate five cents to that charity. Since its creation in 1994, Buffalo Exchange has raised $627,820 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations and over $50k in 2015 alone. Many of the beneficiaries are animal rescues and shelters, community food pantries, children and family funds, women’s support shelters, homeless aid, LGBT organizations, environmental causes, and local library or school organizations. Every token a customer has donated represents a plastic bag that was not added into circulation. Thanks to our customers, we are proud to have kept 12.5 million plastic bags from polluting the environment.
View our current list of Tokens for Bags® charities
Earth Day $1 Day Sale
Since 1997, $513,500 has been raised through our annual Earth Day $1 Sale. Buffalo Exchange has supported numerous charities and environmental causes, including protecting the last Galapagos Island tortoise (George), funding pollination programs and research, increasing awareness about cruelty-free makeup, and most recently raising over $49,150 for the largest U.S. animal care network (The Fund for Animals).
Coats for Cubs. Give Your Furs Back to the Animals.
Recommended by The Humane Society of the United States, Buffalo Exchange’s annual Coats for Cubs fur drive collects real furs to provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange, with the help of our customers, has collected and distributed over 11,000 furs to wildlife rehabilitators nationwide. For fur donation information, visit CoatsForCubs.org.
Buffalo Exchange Arts Award
In 1994, Buffalo Exchange founders Kerstin and Spencer Block created an arts fund through the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. This fund, the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award, annually honors emerging artists in the performing arts, visual arts, and those who have made outstanding contributions to the arts through education, organization, or advocacy. Since its inception, $190,000 has been awarded to the inspirational artists of southern Arizona.