“Consigning, recycling, sustainability…it is all the time been a superb factor for the surroundings.” A neighborhood enterprise proprietor needs you to assume earlier than you throw out that used gown or shirt.

This is a part of WTOP’s persevering with protection of individuals making a distinction in our neighborhood, authored by Stephanie Gaines-Bryant. Read extra of that protection.

Sadiqa Brown and Kelli Queen, co-owners of New Digzn consignment in Prince George’s County, Maryland. (Courtesy, New Digz)

A Prince George’s County, Maryland, enterprise proprietor needs you to assume earlier than you throw out that used gown or shirt.

Sadiqa Brown, co-founder of New Digz Consignment, needs residents to know that donating or consigning used garments can assist the surroundings. That’s as a result of in response to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 11 million tons of textile waste find yourself in landfills every year, roughly 85% of all textiles produced, and it may take over 200 years to decompose.

Brown says textile waste has “all the time been a detriment to the earth.”

“Consigning, recycling, sustainability…it’s all the time been a superb factor for the surroundings,” she says, including that consigning can be a method to “recycle and get your a refund for the stuff you’ve paid for.”

Brown says that she and her enterprise associate, Kelli Queen, had been co-workers in company America earlier than Brown’s job was eradicated.

That’s when Queen advised that the pair go into the consignment enterprise collectively.

Brown says Queen knew way more concerning the enterprise than she did: Queen “grew up in consignment” and found that you may discover the highest manufacturers in consignment shops with out paying some huge cash.

But Brown says that her consignment expertise at some chains was not almost as optimistic.

“The outdated Salvation Army and Goodwill,” she mentioned of the experiences. “You know, the place you stroll in, and it stinks, and also you’re itching by the point you allow.”

Brown mentioned Queen launched her to a distinct kind of consignment retailer, Savvy Consignment in Severna Park, between Annapolis and Baltimore.

“Everything was clear and arranged. It smelled good while you walked in,” Brown thought to herself, “I may do that.”

They began their enterprise in 2013, and 11 years later, they’ve two places: one in Upper Marlboro and one other in Crofton.

Brown and Queen say they’re serving to smaller consignment companies that don’t have storefronts by promoting on their behalf, giving them extra publicity and a much bigger platform on which to promote their merchandise.

“We are all the time in search of new alternatives to offer and simply to be a blessing to others,” Brown advised WTOP.

New Digz Consignment has extra info on its website. You can even attain out by way of e mail at data@newdigzconsignment.com to study extra.

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