Three ways you can fight climate change with Ridwell

We’ve all seen the news and heard the stories about how our warming planet has dire consequences. Sometimes, it feels like our actions are too small to help.

But Ridwell members are taking steps to reduce their footprint and together we are making a difference!


Fewer miles driven

Before joining Ridwell, over 80% of our members drove around town to reuse or recycle their stuff. More cars making extra trips means more carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, warming our planet.

With Ridwell, your reusable and recyclable materials hitch a ride with your neighbors’ stuff. Using Ridwell decreases the annual miles driven to recycle these same items by 3x!

miles not driven
by using Ridwell in 2019


Additionally, we offset our company's entire carbon footprint in partnership with 3Degrees.

Our investment goes to reduce landfill methane emissions across the United States!


Less landfill emissions

Everyday things like old t-shirts, towels, and other textiles emit methane when decomposing in landfills. Methane is known to be nearly 30x more potent than carbon dioxide in contributing to global warming.

On average, Americans send 21 billion pounds of textiles to landfills every year and 98% can be reused or recycled! It’s not surprising that the EPA reports landfills as being the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the country.

Pounds of textiles saved
from the landfill in 2019


By keeping reusable and recyclable items, like holey socks and scrap clothes, out of the trash, Ridwell members are directly reducing the amount of warming gases released into our atmosphere.


Fewer virgin plastics

According to the EPA, producing plastic from recycled material uses 33% less energy than starting from raw materials. That translates to less mining, drilling, and carbon emissions since virgin plastics are made from oil and natural gas.

Ridwell is about giving new life to old things. The plastic film we pick up is used to make composite lumber for decks, benches, and playground sets. It is also reprocessed into small pellets, called nurdles, to make new containers, crates, and even trash bins.

volume of plastic film
recycled in 2019 would fill

Two Boeing 737s

Bottom line: recycling reduces the evironmental cost of using plastics.

Now is your chance to make a difference.

Join the Ridwell community in the fight against climate change.

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Our assumptions

  • 80% of our members reported driving to recycle or reuse items before Ridwell
  • Ridwell calculated 0.5 miles driven per stop
  • Average distance to drop-off parters is 26 miles.
  • Based on usage data as of September 1st and projections through end of 2019

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