USAgain’s Green Your Move Out fundraising program proved recycling on college campuses is a win-win for reducing waste and helping students take home a lighter load. Moody Bible School collected a total of 4,563 pounds of unwanted clothes and shoes this spring through USAgain’s bins conveniently placed around campus.
“The fact that torn garments, etc., can be included and formulated into useful items is a big plus,” said Oakley Smith from Moody Bible School. “The positive influence on the environment was something we were generally aware of, but seeing the specific numbers was quite astounding.”
Moody Bible School students can pat themselves on the back for helping to avoid textile wastes large enough to stuff a garbage truck.
“Most of the students and staff at Moody are eager and pleased to [deposit] unneeded clothing for reuse, and USAgain provides an easy resource,” Smith continued. “The turnout and participation were very good. It seemed that the women were a little more likely to participate.”
Their move out program began on Mon., April 21, and USAgain made four bins available on campus until Mon., May 19. This textile recycling efforts prevented 31,941 pounds of CO2 emissions and helped save over 6.3 million gallons of water.
“Fast fashion is a big deal on college campuses,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “And with clothing and shoes going in and out of style so quickly, it’s a pretty big deal to have universities get involved in textile recycling. We appreciate how students came together to help give a ‘new’ life to clothing while helping curb waste.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that 12 million tons of textiles were sent to landfills in 2012. The goal of this program is to help students take action in waste reduction to create “green” campuses. All textiles from the Green Your Move Out program will be reused or recycled depending on the quality of items.