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Is your closet full of dresses you no longer wear? Now there is a way to clean your closet, help the environment and give back to Chicagoland high school seniors by recycling your special occasion dresses.
These dresses will be made available at a dress boutique on April 18 and April 25. The boutique is located at Price School, 4351 S. Drexel Blvd., in Chicago.

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Glass Slipper Project and USAgain Collecting Special Occasion Dresses

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Annual event provides Chicago-area girls with the prom of a lifetime

CHICAGO (February 12, 2015) – Is your closet full of dresses you no longer wear? Now there is a way to clean your closet, help the environment and give back to Chicagoland high school seniors by recycling your special occasion dresses.  Prom Goes Green, a partnership between Glass Slipper Project and clothing recycler USAgain, is now collecting dresses to giveaway to girls in need of a prom dress. 

The Glass Slipper Project provides an opportunity for Chicagoland high school seniors to select a new or gently prom dress at no cost to wear to their school’s prom. The event also provides an opportunity for those looking to donate and recycle their gently used special occasion dresses.

Dresses may be dropped off at green and white USAgain bins located throughout the area. The process is simple for donors – bag your surplus dresses in great shape, label the bag PROM with a permanent marker and drop off the dresses in USAgain bins, locations available at www.usagain.com. Check out more drop off locations at http://www.glassslipperproject.org/donations/drop-off-site-locations

“Every year we are able to help more and more girls look their best on their special day as well as do something beneficial for the environment,” said Dorian Carter, Founder of the Glass Slipper Project. “Everyone should have the chance to find the dress of their dreams and we are pleased to continue to be able to offer this opportunity at no cost.”

These dresses will be made available at a dress boutique in April where high school seniors will have the opportunity to select a dress to wear to their event. The dress boutique is scheduled for two Saturdays in April: April 18 and April 25. The boutique is located at Price School, 4351 S. Drexel Blvd., in Chicago.

“Students have the opportunity to help the environment while finding a prom dress that is cost effective,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of West Chicago-based USAgain. “We also want to thank those who have recycled their dresses as we couldn’t do this without you. This is a win-win for these students and the environment.”

Thousands of dresses will be available at the event, and shoppers need only to present their valid student I.D. from any local high school – public or private, city or suburban – to take one home.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 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 collecting unwanted items in its green and white bins.

Chicagoland Residents Give a Thumbs Up to Clothing Recycling

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USAgain clothing collection bins continue to serve as a convenient recycling option

CHICAGO, IL (Jan. 20, 2015) – Seven million pounds of clothing and shoes were diverted from landfills thanks to Chicago-area residents. That’s 1,598 garbage trucks diverted from going to landfills!

The national textile recycler provides an outlet to give surplus clothing a second life through a network of thousands of recycling bins located nationwide. By diverting 6,994,983 pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 49 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, saved more than 10 billion gallons of water, and 39,971 cubic yards of landfill space.

USAgain recycling programs are hosted in partnership with municipalities, local businesses, event based community drives and fundraisers for schools and non-profits.

“We want to commend Chicago area residents for their commitment to sustainability. These collections continue to keep clothing out of our landfills having a positive impact on our environment,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “Textile recycling programs are getting attention from municipalities with a goal to improve their overall waste diversion rates and we are working diligently to assist with their goal”.

Recent data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows 5.7 percent of the municipal solid waste (MSW) is textiles. A staggering 12 million tons of clothing and shoes end up in the garbage and make their way to the landfills every year.

“We are making progress but our mission is to further reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in the landfills through education and outreach events in addition to our clothing recycling bins,” Wallander said. “Every bit counts and our goal is to gain more partnerships and increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent.”

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills. USAgain maintains more than 12,500 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visitwww.usagain.com.

National Textile Recycler Announces 2014 Diversion Rates

USAgain clothing collection bins continue to serve as a convenient recycling option across America

CHICAGO, IL (Jan. 20, 2015) — More than 54 million pounds of textiles were collected in USAgain recycling bins across the country in 2014. That’s 12,311 garbage trucks diverted from going to landfills!

The national textile recycler provides an outlet to give surplus clothing a second life through a network of thousands of recycling bins located nationwide. By diverting 54 million pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 378 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, saved more than 75.6 billion gallons of water, and 308,571 cubic yards of landfill space.

USAgain recycling programs are hosted in partnership with municipalities, local businesses, event based community drives and fundraisers for schools and non-profits. More than 12,500 collection bins in 19 states provide residents with a convenient option for discarding their unwanted clothing and shoes in an environmentally responsible manner.

“We want to reduce the negative impacts of clothes and shoes on our environment by increasing their reuse and recycling. The key is to make textile recycling a convenient part of everyday life,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Textile recycling programs are getting attention from municipalities with a goal to improve their overall waste diversion rates and we are working diligently to assist with their goal”.

Recent data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows 5.7 percent of the municipal solid waste (MSW) is textiles. A staggering 12 million tons of clothing and shoes end up in the garbage and make their way to the landfills every year.

“We are making progress but our mission is to further reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in the landfills through education and outreach events in addition to our clothing recycling bins,” Wallander said. “Every bit counts and our goal is to gain more partnerships and increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent.”

USAgain has been proactively working with the national trade association for the clothing recycling industry — the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association to create and promote a uniform and equitable regulation for the placement and servicing of clothing collection bins across local municipalities.

USAgain continued its commitment to the environment by planting more than 200,000 trees around the globe in 2014, 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 more information, or to find a local drop box, please visit:

For 2014 recycling information specific to USAgain’s divisions, visit www.usagain.com/press-releases.
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About USAgain
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills. USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.

New Illinois law makes recycling more convenient

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As textile collection bins become more common throughout Illinois, it’s never been easier to recycle unwanted clothes and shoes.

That’s good news if for environmentally conscious consumers looking beyond the trash can for a convenient, no-cost approach to getting rid of an out-of-style shirt or those too-skinny jeans.

But the recent expansion of textile recycling has not been without issues. Some unscrupulous clothing collectors fail to properly maintain their bins, which leads to overflow and blight, while some others stand accused of falsely giving to charities.

The unfortunate truth is that not all collection bin companies operate under the same ethical and aesthetical standards, and regulations vary widely among communities. As a result, some municipalities have gone to the extreme by banning collection bins outright.

But the state of Illinois got it right by passing a new law that took effect Thursday that calls for the clear labeling of bins that the public uses to donate, resell or recycle unwanted clothes, shoes, books and other items.

According to the legislation, all bins in Illinois must clearly display the name, address and telephone number of the operating entity, which also must declare itself a for-profit or a not-for-profit organization or business.

In addition, the legislation enables local state’s attorneys to prosecute bad-apple operators across multiple municipal boundaries, eliminating the need for each and every community to enforce the law.

USAgain and the national trade association for the clothing recycling industry — the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association — support the new law, which had widespread bipartisan support and was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn during the fall.

With Americans throwing 85 percent of their old and unwanted clothing in the trash, amounting to 11 million tons a year, clothing bins play an increasingly important role in keeping unwanted textiles out of landfills.

These are hardly burdensome guidelines. Still, the task of responsible collection and maintenance falls to the bin operators themselves, who now will have to comply with the new standards to ensure each community’s quality of life.

— Mattias Wallander is CEO of West Chicago-based USAgain, a for-profit company that collects unwanted textiles and resells them in the United States and abroad.

Local Clothing Recycler Built Mountain of Clothing for America Recycles Day

chi-ugc-ugc-relatedphoto-local-clothing-recycler-built-mountain-of-clo-2014-11-17USAgain (pronounced use-again), the West Chicago-based textile recycling company, built a “mountain” of clothing – the equivalent of one full garbage truck or 10,000 pounds of clothing -to demonstrate the impact of clothing that gets discarded in the trash and the need to conserve landfill space. The clothing display was located on the plaza of the James R. Thompson Center, 150 W. Randolph St, in Chicago.

“This “mountain” of clothing illustrates just how much space discarded clothing and shoes take up when we throw them into the trash and it eventually ends up in landfills,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “Unfortunately, 12 million tons of textiles get buried in landfills each year.”

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away 85 percent of all of their unwanted clothing and shoes into the trash. While the recycling household items, like paper, bottles and cans, has become second nature to many Americans, many still don’t realize that clothing can be recycled too.

USAgain’s mission is to reduce the negative impacts of clothes and shoes on our environment by increasing their reuse and recycling. USAgain gives a new life to discarded clothing by putting them back in the use stream as second hand clothing. Clothes that are not in condition to be re-worn are shredded to make new material like insulation for homes and car industry or to reclaim fiber to make new fabric.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, USAgain operates more than 14,000 collection bins in 19 states. In 2013 alone, USAgain collected 55 million pounds of clothing, shoes and other textiles that were recycled or re-used.

“In 15 years, USAgain has diverted over six hundred million items of clothing, shoes and textiles from our nation’s landfills, which helps reduce waste, save energy and conserves resources, like water that ultimately protects our planet.”” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “More and more people are becoming aware of clothing recycling and doing their part as it has become easier and more convenient to recycle. There is always more we can do and America Recycles Day is a great time to start and consider what they can do to make the world a better place.”

America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Thousands of organizations across the country will hold recycling events to promote recycling. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day to educate, promote environmental citizenship and encourage action.

USAgain also has challenged local schools as part of America Recycles Day. USAgain is hosting a Textile Recycling School Challenge where participating schools compete to collect the most textiles for recycling. The top five collecting schools will win cash prizes and all schools will raise funds for every pound collected.

 

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Chicago Sky Receives Green-T Award for Commitment to Recycling at Events from USAgain, a Chicago-based textile recycling company

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USAgain, the textile recycling company based in West Chicago, IL, recently announced the winners of its annual Green-T Awards. Chicago Sky, recipient of the award for Commitment to Recycling at Events, was one of the 15 award winners.

The Green-T awardsare to recognize and reward individuals or organizations that support recycling and sustainability in Illinois. The awards were presented Oct. 7 at the Green-T Awards ceremony where Jasmine Allen, Chicago Sky Partnership Activation Coordinator, accepted the award.

Chicago Sky partnered with USAgain to provide convenient clothes and shoes recycling options for players and attendees at the season games. They stationed eight clothing drop-off locations throughout the concourse and near the entrance gates of Allstate Arena. Fans who brought a bag of clothing to the July 22 “Go Green Game” received a free ticket to a future 2014 Sky season home game.

“Basketball is a team sport and so is taking care of our planet,” said Adam Fox, Chicago Sky President and CEO. “By partnering with USAgain we’ve formed a unified movement toward an eco-friendly future.”

“We love working with event organizers to spread the message about textile recycling,” CEO of USAgain Mattias Wallander said. “Chicago Sky did a great job of offering textiles recycling at their games this year. We congratulate them on this feat and hope together we continue to spread recycling awareness at their games”.

Other recipients of USAgain’s Green-T Awards include Agassiz Elementary, Hanover Township, Downers Grove Park District and the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. For a full list of award recipients, visithttp://www.usagaingreentawards.com/winners.

Bartlett Lacrosse Team receives Green-T Award for Excellence in Green Fundraising | Bartlett

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Bartlett school team recognized by USAgain, a local textile recycling company

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USAgain, the textile recycling company based in West Chicago, IL, recently announced the winners of its annual Green-T Awards. Bartlett High School Boys Lacrosse Team, recipient of the award for Excellence in Green Fundraising, was one of the 16 award winners.

The Green-T awardsare to recognize and reward individuals or organizations that support recycling and sustainability in Illinois. The awards were presented Oct. 7 at the Green-T Awards ceremony where Michelle Eckelberry, President of the Lacrosse Team, accepted the award on behalf of the school.

Bartlett Boys Lacrosse has helped make their school more sustainable while raising funds for their activities though eco-friendly fundraisers. In partnership with USAgain, the lacrosse team recycled 3,428 pounds of textiles—a truly impressive amount for a one-day collection event. By doing so, they went green and raised green, earning $650 through USAgain’s Greenraiser.

“The BHS Lacrosse Team is honored to receive this award for our eco-friendly fundraising efforts,” said Tom Skelton, VP Bartlett Lacrosse Club. “We’re proud of how our boys, the families and community helped with the clothing fundraiser. It helped raise recycling awareness and connect for a great cause.”

By recycling 3,428 pounds of textiles, the team prevented more than 23,900 pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere; they also saved more than 4.7 million gallons of water through their commitment to recycling. Bartlett Lacrosse Team serves as a role model for high school students in Illinois and across the country.

“We love working with students and young adults to spread the message about textile recycling,” CEO of USAgain Mattias Wallander said. “Bartlett Lacrosse Team collected an incredible amount of textiles in just one day. We congratulate them on this feat and hope they continue to spread recycling awareness.”

Other recipients of USAgain’s Green-T Awards include Shedd Aquarium, Hanover Township, Chicago Sky and Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. For a full list of award recipients, visit http://www.usagaingreentawards.com/winners.

Hanover Township receives Green-T Award for Innovative Community Recycling Program | Trib local

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Hanover community recognized by USAgain, a local textile recycling company

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USAgain, the textile recycling company based in West Chicago, IL, has announced the winners of its annual Green-T Awards. Hanover Township, recipient of the award for Innovative Community Recycling Program, was one of the 15 award winners.

The Green-T awards are to recognize and reward individuals or organizations that support recycling and sustainability in Illinois. The awards were presented Oct. 7 at the Green-T Awards ceremony where P. Craig Ochoa, Township Highway Commissioner, accepted the award on behalf of the township.

The township has welcomed clothes and shoes recycling into the community by adding these items in their annual Recycling Extravaganza and collected 1,815 pounds of textiles for recycling. The Recycling Extravaganza celebrates its fifth year of success as comprehensive recycling drive for the community. The township also offers multiple recycling centers.

“We are honored and humbled by USAgain’s choice to recognize the Township,” said Ochoa. “Our recycling event continues to grow in popularity and we are glad to see so many of our residents using the Township as a resource to dispose of many of their items through our environmentally friendly vendors.”

By recycling 1,815 pounds of textiles, the team saved more than 12,600 pounds of CO¬2 from entering the atmosphere; they also saved more than 2.4 million gallons of water through their commitment to recycling. The Hanover Township serves as a role model for communities in Illinois and across the country.

“We love working with communities to spread the message about textile recycling,” CEO of USAgain Mattias Wallander said. “The Hanover Township collected an incredible amount of textiles in just one day. We congratulate them on this feat and hope they continue to recycle in the future.”

Other recipients of USAgain’s Green-T Awards include Agassiz Elementary, Hanover Township, Chicago Sky and Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. For a full list of award recipients, visithttp://www.usagaingreentawards.com/winners.

Shedd Aquarium Receives Green-T Award for Commitment to a Greener Workplace | Trib Local

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Shedd Aquarium recognized by USAgain, local textile recycling company

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USAgain, the textile recycling company based in West Chicago, IL, recently announced the winners of its annual Green-T Awards. Shedd Aquarium, recipient of the award for Commitment to a Greener Workplace, was one of the 16 award winners.

The Green-T awards are to recognize and reward individuals or organizations that support recycling and sustainability in Illinois. The awards were presented Oct. 7 at the Green-T Awards ceremony where Susan Barton, Shedd Aquarium Facilities Director, accepted on behalf of Shedd Aquarium.

Since partnering with USAgain, Shedd Aquarium has recycled a total of 2,158 pounds of textiles. The aquarium has built their own ‘behind the scenes’ recycling center where staff can recycle items like wading boots, wet suits light bulbs/tubes, plastic and PVC, uniforms, and lost and found items like clothing.

“As a leader in sustainability and conservation, Shedd Aquarium is strong in its commitment to creating a clean and healthy environment,” said Susan Barton, Facilities Director at Shedd Aquarium. “We are grateful for this honor and the continued support from our partners at USAgain who help us show people that small actions can make a big difference.”

By recycling 2,158 pounds of textiles, the team prevented more than 15,000 pounds of CO¬2 from entering the atmosphere; they also saved more than 2.9 million gallons of water through their commitment to recycling. Shedd Aquarium serves as a role model for public institutions in Illinois and across the country, and USAgain looks forward to a future of recycling with the community of Chicago.

“We love working with public institutions to spread the message about textile recycling,” CEO of USAgain Mattias Wallander said. “Shedd Aquarium collected an incredible amount of textiles this year. We congratulate them on this feat and hope they continue to recycling.”

Other recipients of USAgain’s Green-T Awards include Agassiz Elementary, Hanover Township, the Chicago Sky and the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. For a full list of award recipients, visit http://www.usagaingreentawards.com/winners.