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Earth Day & Fair Tade

Updated: May 1

A lot of fair trade products are handcrafted using recycled items which makes them great gifts for honoring Earth Day! The next time you're in the store, we invite you to learn more about some of the products and how they are helping the Earth as well as the community they are made.

Earth Day 2024 is April 22.

Local Recycling Locations



St. Luke Union Church (collection is in the garage in back – collection containers are labeled)

2101 E Washington St Bloomington, IL 61701 —–(corner of Regency Drive and Washington St – open 24 hrs./7 days a week)

Questions: Amie Keeton (309) 242-8871 or


● GoGo SqueeZ: Accepts all brands squeezable snack plastic pouches and caps (such as Go Go squeeZ, Ella’s, Earth’s Best, etc.). Please leave the cap on to reduce smell and leaking.

● BIC Writing Instruments: All brands of empty writing instruments, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers, paint sets, and flexible packaging

● Brita® or PUR Brigade®: Accepts all brands of pitchers, individual filtration bottles, filters, foil filter packaging, and faucet filtration systems.

● Burt’s Bee Brigade: Accepts any Burt’s Bee products packaging (must be this brand only).

● Cigarette Waste: NO DROP OFF– PLEASE CALL Amie (309) 242-8871 FOR MORE INSTRUCTIONS. Accepts cold extinguished cigarettes, cigarette filters, loose tobacco pouches, outer plastic packaging, inner foil packaging, rolling paper and ash.

● Contact Lens Brigade: Accepts all brands of contact lenses, plus foil and blister packaging.

● Dental and Deodorant Brigade: Accepts all brands toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles and caps, plastic deodorant containers and caps; also, plastic soap wrappers from multi-packs. Please note: This brigade does not accept aerosol deodorant cans which go in regular city recycling once they are empty.

● Entenmann’s Little Bites Pouches Brigade: Accepts only Entenmann’s brand Little Bites plastic pouches and clear Entenmann’s Minis packaging.

● Febreze Air Care Brigade: Accepts all brands of air freshener cartridges and plus, packaging and flexible film packaging, and trigger heads (plastic bottles/cans go in regular curbside recycling).

● Gerber® Free Recycling Program: Gerber baby food packaging and small and large hook Gerber baby clothing hangers (must be Gerber brand)

● Honest Kids Drink Pouch Brigade: Accepts any brand drink pouches.

● Late July® Snacks: Late July® Snacks packaging and chip bags (must be Late July brand)

● Solo Plastic Cup Brigade: Accepts ONLY #6 rigid plastic cups – empty, rinse and let dry before donating. No lids, no straws, no other #6 plastic items.

● Kroger Brand Packaging: Recycle flexible plastic packaging from Kroger® brands through this program.

● Gillette Razor Brigade: All brands of blades, razors, and plastic packaging.

● Garnier Skin & Hair Care Brigade: Garnier® skin care and hair care packaging. (Must be Garnier brand)

● ARM & HAMMER & OxiClean Free Recycling Program: ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda pouches,ARM & HAMMER Power Paks Laundry Detergent pouches, OXICLEAN Laundry Detergent Paks pouches, OXICLEAN 2in1 Stain Fighter Power Paks pouches, OXICLEAN White Revive Laundry Stain Remover Power Paks pouches (Must be these brands)

● Rubbermaid® Food Storage Free Recycling Program: Recycle all brands of well-used food storage containers.

● Toys & Games: Hasbro or VTech® & LeapFrog® brands only. Please remove all batteries.

● Tide Recycling Program: Tide Recycling Program accepts fabric care products and packaging from Tide, Gain, Downy & Dreft, and more.

Additional items collected (not TerraCycle):

● Lion’s Club collection: Cell phones; home computer printer cartridges (no business-size cartridges); eyeglasses; hearing aids; keys

● Holiday lights, extension cords, etc.

● Aluminum

Thrift & Upcycling in Bloomington - Normal area

Abundant Thrift

501 N. East St. Bloomington 61701

Opens 10 am.

Ph. 309-556-0598

Bargain Bins of Bloomington

474 Wylie Dr. 61705

Opens 10 am.

Ph. 217-417-2445

Butter Twice & Again

120 E. Beaufort Normal 61761

Opens 11 am.

Carle BroMenn Resale Boutique

1322 S. Main, Normal 61761

Opens 10 am.


Clothes Horse

122 E. Center St. LeRoy 61752

Opens 11:00


Clothes Mentor

1407 N. Veterans Pkwy Bloomington 61704

Opens 10 am.

Ph. 309-662-0111

Cute as a Button Consignment

1531 Ft. Jesse Rd Bloomington

Opens 10 am.

Ph. 309-663-7276

Encore Thrift Store

10840 art. 10 East, Clinton 61727

Opens 9 am.

Ph. 217-935-7043

Faith Second Chance

NFP 218 E Center LeRoy 61752

Opens 10 am.

Ph. 309-962-5683

(The) Flea Thrift

1236 E.Empire Suite 1 Bloomington 61701

Opens 9 am.


(2) FruGALS Thrift

417 N. Main St. Bloomington 61701

Opens 10 am.

Ph. 309-530-5592

ISU Share Shop

305 N. School St., Normal 61761

Opens 10 am Wednesdays / Noon Fridays

Kara & Kaylee’s Kloset

360 Wylie Dr. Suite 710. Normal

Varies - check Facebook for current hours

Love it Once More Thrift Store

1044 E. Jemima St., Clinton

Opens 10 am. Mon-Sat.

Ph. 217-731-4141

Neighborhood Thrift.

406 N. Main, Bloomington 61701

Opens 10-6pm Mon.-Sat.


New Beginnings Thrift Shop McLean

Once Upon a Child

105 Krispy Kreme Dr. Suite #2 61704

Opens 9-8 pm Mon-Sat.

Ph. 309-808-2646

Plato’s Closet

1407 N. Veteran Pkwy. Bloomington 61704

Opens 10-9 pm Mon-Sat.

Ph. 309-662-9844

Spare & Share Shoppe.

111 Ford St. Gridley 61744

Opens 10-4 pm Mon-Fri. / 9-12pm Sat.

Ph. 309-747-2693

Worn Again Too

104 E. Main Heyworth 61745

Opens 10 am/ closing times vary.



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