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Over 4,500-plus pounds of textiles recycled at Moody Bible School Move Out event

USAgain graphicUSAgain’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.

Green Your Move Out helps college students give back, recycle

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. (Photo courtesy of Photobucket http://bit.ly/1jQQe9K)

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. (Photo courtesy of Photobucket)

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. Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE) and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIU) collected a total of 7,683 pounds of unwanted clothes and shoes this spring through USAgain’s bins conveniently placed around campus.

Both universities’ students can pat themselves on the back for helping to avoid textile wastes large enough to fill 1.5 garbage trucks.

Separately SIUE students, who partnered for a second year with USAgain, gathered 5,360 pounds worth of textiles, and SIU collected 2,323 pounds with USAgain’s recycling bins during the Green Your Move Out program this May.

SIUE’s Student Move Out program began on Sat., May 3, and USAgain bins were available on campus until Mon., April 28. SIUE’s textile recycling efforts prevented 37,520 pounds of CO2 emissions and helped save 7.5 million gallons of water.

After hearing about the success of textile recycling from its sister university, SIU made the decision to get involved, too.

“Being the first year, we weren’t sure how it would work,” said Justin Schuch, Coordinator of Residential Leadership and Engagement at SIU. “But it worked out well, and it gave people a chance to put things to better use. Everybody should look at what they’re wasting, and what other people can get out of it.”

SIUC’s Student Move Out program began on Thurs., May 1, with eight USAgain bins placed at four resident halls. SIU recycling efforts helped prevent 16,261 pounds of CO2 emissions and saved 3.2 million gallons of water.

“There was great implementation to get stuff off campus, and that was super important to us so we could move forward to summer,” Schuch continued. “Universities should provide more opportunities to not add to [textile] wastes. And working with a company that focuses on giving back is something people should definitely explore. They know how to handle it.”

USAgain’s CEO can attest to this.

“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.

If you liked this post, check out the related USAgain blog: “College students can meet the demand between frugality, fashion and recycling

USAgain awards Pui Tak Christian School with $1,000 grand prize for 8th annual Earth Month Challenge

Chicago’s Pui Tak Christian School is the champion in the eighth annual Earth Month Challenge. At 2:30 p.m., on Thurs., May 29, Pui Tak received its $1,000 prize in an open-to-the-press school assembly.

USAgain, the for-profit textile recycling company that runs the competition each year, encouraged nationwide schools to get involved in the mission to reuse and recycle textiles. For its hard work and collection efforts, Pui Tak (located at 2301 S. Wentworth Ave.) collected a sum total of 4,415 pounds of deposits during Earth Month in April.

“We are so pleased to be receiving the first place prize for this competition,” said Bonnie Ho, Pui Tak Christian School’s principal. “Through the combined efforts of our school, Chinese Christian Union Church, Oak Park Bible Church, Wheaton Alliance Church and the Chinatown community, we are helping make the world a healthier and safer place for future generations by reducing textile waste.”

The other top four schools earned cash prizes ranging from $100 to $750.

Amador Valley High School (1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, California) earned $750 for collecting 3,868 pounds of textiles. Byron Cusd No. 226 (696 N. Colfax in Byron, Illinois) earned $500 for collecting 3,606 pounds of textiles. St. Clare School (214 West 3rd St., in O’Fallon, Illinois) earned $250 for collecting 2,712 pounds of textiles. And Brentwood Academy (2086 Clarke Ave., in East Palo Alto, California) earned $100 for collecting 2,557 pounds of textiles.

Over 600 schools participated in the contest, and all active participants earned funds for each pound of collected textiles. The total amount of textiles collected during the competition were 302,915 pounds, which resulted in preventing over 2.12 million pounds of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere, saving over 424 million gallons of water, and avoiding approximately 1,730 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough room to fill up 69.2 garbage trucks.           

“Earth Month Challenge is a great way for everyone to get involved in recycling ¾ teachers, students and community ¾ for free,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Their contributions will help clothe people in worldwide communities.”

Any clothing that cannot be reused in secondhand markets will be repurposed as industrial cleaning rags, furniture and/or car insulation and more.

The EPA estimates that 11.1 million tons of textiles end up in landfills, which leads to over 1.3 million pounds of CO2. Programs like the Earth Month Challenge help curb these pollution numbers and lend a hand to those in need at the same time.

Heroes recycle shoes after May Heroes Mud Run event in Aurora

USAgain was on hand to collect muddy shoes after the Heroes Mud Run event held on Sat., May 24, at Marmion Academy & Abbey Farms located at 1000 Butterfield Road.

There are an estimated 20 billion pairs of shoes produced annually, and approximately 300 million pairs are thrown away each year.

The 150 pairs of shoes helps avoid unnecessary waste, especially considering the material Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, found in the midsole of running shoes, can take as long as 1,000 years to dissolve into a landfill.

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Sorento Elementary School turns textile recycling into family affair

Recycling textiles turned into a family affair in the small town of Sorento, Ill.

Students, teachers, parents, grandparents and community members joined together to recycle  textiles for the Bags for Bucks event at Sorento Elementary School located at 510 S. Main St. The school participated in Bags for Bucks fundraising program sponsored by USAgain, a for-profit textile recycling company.

“We have recycled soda cans, this and that, but nothing like this,” said Principal Bill Carpenter.  “To take your clothes and return it to have it recycled in the world, that gives everybody a good feeling.”

Sorento Elementary School, part of Bond County School District, has 190 students in a town of 600 people.

Flyers were sent home with students, posted at convenience stores and at a neighborhood post office encouraging the recycling of surplus clothing and shoes. USAgain distributed bags and the joint effort collected over 1,450 pounds of textiles.

“Recycling is as important as anything,” Principal Carpenter continued, confirming that the students were as excited as the rest of the town. “This allowed people to clean out their closets, knowing it was for a good cause. Lots of community members dropped off bags and clothes. We’re a very small town with a big heart.”

The clothes that were collected from Sorento Elementary School resulted in huge environmental benefits. It helped prevent emission of 10,150 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere and saved over two million gallons of water.

USAgain offers a range of fundraising programs in 19 states. To join or get more details, visit usagain.com.

 

Prom dress giveaway to be held at West Chicago Community High School

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WEST CHICAGO, IL- High school girls from the western suburbs will be able to obtain a free prom dress by coming to a Prom Goes Green on April 3, a prom dress giveaway at West Chicago Community High School sponsored by USAgain, the textile recycling company locally based in West Chicago.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, girls from the area will be able to select a new or gently used dress from a selection of thousands in the commons area at West Chicago Community High School. Girls do not need to be WCCHS students to receive a dress-all that’s required is a valid high school ID or other proof of enrollment.

“The cost of prom really adds up quickly for today’s students. It’s not common for the event to cost a student over $1,000,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We’re happy to offer girls a green, cost-effective alternative to attend prom while promoting recycling awareness and sustainability in the community.”

By reusing the dresses, USAgain is preventing them from going to waste and being landfilled, where they would negatively impact the environment. This is the second year USAgain has organized Prom Goes Green, as the company gave away dresses last year at Malcom X College in Chicago. USAgain is also giving away dresses at three “boutique” events in partnership with The Glass Slipper Project. These giveaways will be held on the south side of Chicago this April.

According to the U.S. EPA, Americans throw out 85 percent of their clothing, amounting to more than 11 million tons of textiles that get dumped in landfills. USAgain, a for-profit company, offers a convenient, no-cost alternative to dispose of unwanted clothing and shoes by placing items its green and white bins.

For more information on the giveaway at WCHS and other Prom Goes Green events, visithttp://www.promgoesgreen.com/.

To view media coverage of previous Prom Goes Green events, visithttp://www.usagain.com/prom-goes-green-news-coverage.

News Coverage of Prom Goes Green on ABC

Prom Goes Green, USAgain’s dress giveaway even in partnership with The Glass Slipper Project, was featured on a recent segment of ABC news. At the event, USAgain and the Glass Slipper Project worked to donate clothes & donate shoes to Chicagoland-area girls in need!

Bartlett High School recycles over 3,000 pounds of clothing to support lacrosse team

Congratulations to the Bartlett High School lacrosse team for recycling over 3,000 pounds of clothing, shoes and other textiles! The team organized a Bags for Bucks one-day collection drive in partnership with USAgain and did an excellent job promoting the fundraiser to the community.

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The money raised via the fundraiser will help the team pay for equipment, tournament entry and more!

 

Clothing recycling on the rise in the Chicago area

 

USAgain’s 2013 textile recycling totals show continued growth

 

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. – Chicago-area residents diverted 8.1 million pounds of clothing and shoes away from landfills in 2013, according to the West Chicago-based textile recycler USAgain, demonstrating that convenience plays a key role in the continued growth of people recycling their unwanted clothing and shoes.

 

By diverting 8.1 million pounds of textiles from landfills, USAgain and its patrons saved 56.8 million pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere, over 11.3 billion gallons of water, and 46,368 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 1,855 garbage trucks.

 

With more than 14,000 recycling locations nationwide, USAgain provides local communities with a convenient option for discarding their unwanted clothing in an environmentally responsible manner.

 

“It’s great to see continued progress toward textile recycling and a growing recognition of the importance of keeping textiles out of landfills, which saves our planet’s precious resources, said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We’re looking forward to making even greater strides toward reducing waste in 2014.”

 

Although nearly all clothing and shoes can be re-used, Americans currently recycle just 15 percent of their clothing, with the rest – a total of more than 11 million tons – ending up in the garbage, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

“A big picture goal of ours is to partner with more schools, municipalities and businesses to increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent,” Wallander said. “Doing this would bring tremendous impacts in terms of resources conserved and carbon dioxide sequestered.”

 

Nationally, USAgain recycled a total of 55 million pounds of textiles. In addition, USAgain planted more than 200,000 trees around the globe in 2013, most in partnership with Trees for the Future, an agroforestry organization. The trees will serve to sequester carbon emissions and repair damaged ecosystems, helping to make the planet a greener, more inhabitable place.

 

For 2013 recycling information specific to USAgain’s national divisions, visit www.usagain.com/press-releases.

 CONTACT: Rasham Grewal

(708) 908-0476

r.grewal@usagain.com

 

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, IL. – is a for-profit company that recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of unwanted clothing and shoes, which is diverted from landfills. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 18 states.

 

 

Earth Month Recycling Challenge

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Raising money for extracurricular activities is typically high on any school’s to-do list, but what about raising awareness for recycling? USAgain is proud to announce that schools can do both in the Earth Month Challenge. For every item of clothing and shoes diverted from landfills through this program, the school will raise money and foster recycling awareness.

All participating schools will raise money based on pounds collected, and the top five collecting schools will win additional cash prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, $250 and $100. Schools will be able to track their collections on USAgain website.