Giving Back and Raising Awareness
As a small business, we believe it is our duty to give back and show support for our local community.
In an effort to move toward a brighter future, we're rolling up our sleeves and getting dirty.
In August of 2022, Tie-Up Textiles collaborated with local retailer, worKS Kennett Square for the annual “Dog Days of Summer” fundraiser. Through our sales of handmade tea towels and pet portraits, we helped raise $1,000 in donations on behalf of the Brandywine Valley SPCA. In addition, physical donations were also collected for the animals in their care. These donations included items like toys and treats for enrichment, as well as towels for daily use.
BVSPCA is recognized as Pennsylvania and Delaware's first no-kill open admission shelter, caring for 18,000+ animals annually. With founder, Kathleen Fitzpatrick's own beloved dog, Tamatoa, being a BVSPCA alum, this effort was very near and dear to our hearts.
PROFESSIONAL PET PORTRAITS
BY TIE-UP'S VERY OWN PHOTOGRAPHER, ANDREW LIVINGSTON
ORGANIZATIONS WE'VE PARTNERED WITH
TO ACHIEVE ONE COMMON GOAL: A CLEANER TOMORROW
With much of our process having a strong focus on sustainability, in 2022, we began shifting our business model towards an all-around green effort. Since the start of the year, Tie-Up Textiles has participated in several community cleanups in northeast Maryland, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware. Through each cleanup we have assisted in removing litter and other hazardous materials harmful to the environment and surrounding ecosystems, as well as the community’s overall health. We are proud to have partnered with The High 5 Initiative and the Brandywine Conservancy on these movements, as well as our own personal cleanups when hiking trails at some of our favorite state parks. We believe that change is most felt when local communities come together for one common goal, raising awareness and educating the public on the ways in which illegal dumping and littering is cause for alarm for all living things.
PHILADELPHIA BASED BUSINESSES
COMMITTED TO A CLEANER, RESOURCEFUL FUTURE
REDUCE, REUSE, & RECYCLE
AT HOME TIPS GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY THE HIGH 5 INITIATIVE
• Only wash full loads of clothes and dishes.
• Add a sand-filled jug in your toilet tank and save about a half-gallon of water each flush.
• Taking 5 minutes off your shower can save up to 12 gallons of water.
• Scraping or wiping off dishes before putting them in the dishwasher or sink allows you to skip the pre-wash cycle.
• Try washing fruits and vegetables in a large bowl rather than under a running faucet.
• Native plants normally require less water and will help for a more natural eco-system.
• Set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and 74 degrees in summer to cut energy use.
• If you aren’t using it, TURN IT OFF. This is harder than it sounds, at least everyone at my house thinks so.
• Unplug small appliances and chargers when no one is using them.
Replace these and other appliances with energy star appliances when possible.
• Insulation is very important in saving energy as well.
• Use plant-derived and non-toxic pesticides and weed killer.
• Mulch or ground cover plants on bare ground can prevent soil erosion and flow of water.
• Let downspouts flow into rain barrels, rain gardens, or layers of rocks.
• You can also wash your car at a car wash where they recycle their wash water.
• Keep fertilizers off of driveways and sidewalks where they can easily flow to storm drains.
• It is best to fertilize in the fall so spring rains don’t wash off lawns into water ways.
• Instead of concrete, use porous surfaces like gravel or pavers for patios to minimize run-off.
• Build a trench or storm water pond to keep polluted storm water from reaching local waterways.
• Use toxic and plastic free personal products. Lots of facial scrubbers have plastic for exfoliating. These and the toxic chemicals end up in our waterways as well.
• Use phosphate-free and biodegradable soaps and detergents.
• Stop using disposable plastic bottles. This is the biggest thing. There are many other options.
• Carry reusable totes in the car at all times for shopping trips.
• Don’t use plastic straws. If you must use a straw, buy reusable metal straws.
• Buy a lunch box instead of plastic and paper bags.
• Utilize a rain barrel to collect water from downspouts to water plants or wash cars.
• When starting the shower and waiting for the water to heat, use a bucket to catch the water to later use for plants or pet bowls.
• If you fill a baby pool over the summer, reuse the water in a garden or to rinse off outdoor areas.
• Be sure you hire a trash company who offers a recycling service and be sure to follow their guidelines. This is important to not contaminate that which can be recycled.
• #5 plastics are collected for “The High 5 Recycling Initiative” to be turned back into raw materials.
• Dry plastic bags and bubble wrap are collected at stores for Trex recycling.
• Recycle your cardboard and paper products in the blue bins. It is important that they are clean and dry. Other products can be made from this material and keep extra trees from being cut down.
• Aluminum cans are also everyday items that should be recycled in the blue bins so it can be reused.
• Recycle your electronics. 22-55 tons of electronics enter the waste stream.
• Donate your car instead of sending it to the junk yard. Many nonprofits accept car donations and they will repair or recycle the vehicle.
• Properly dispose of used motor oils and antifreeze at participating gas stations, car repair centers, and landfills. Not only does it keep motor oil out of waterways, but they actually make clean oil out of the dirty oil reducing the amount of petroleum used.
• Recycle scrap tires at a tire shop or retailer who can reuse, recycle or rethread them.