USAgain has partnered with the Will County Forest Preserve district to collect clothing and other textiles at over a dozen locations throughout the County’s Forest Preserve system.
Preserves where USAgain collection bins are located are:
Learn more about the partnership on Will County Forest Preserve District’s website
Westfield Fox Valley Mall Marketing Director Lia Osbourn
Since launching USAgain’s April’s Earth Month Initiative in 2010 to divert 5 Million pounds of clothing from landfills, we have had the pleasure of working with Lia Osburn, Marketing Director for the Westfield Fox Valley Mall. Lia has been integral to the success of our campaign through her tireless work to encourage shoppers to come out, support our cause and clean out their closets!
Lia wholeheartedly embraced USAgain’s Earth Month challenge, encouraging store and consumer participation, showcasing our Earth Month exhibits inside the Fox Valley Mall and placing four convenient clothing drop boxes at the mall entrance.
Lia’s strong marketing skills and sensibilities helped to drive shoppers to the Fox Valley Mall to learn more about the benefits of textile recycling and encouraged them to pass the word on to their families and friends. She is clearly committed to making our planet a cleaner, better place.
And to thank Westfield Fox Valley Mall and Lia for their fantastic support and participation, USAgain will donate funds towards their support of “Aurora Green Lights”, a local group dedicated to improving Aurora’s environmental sustainability and host of the first environmental fair in the area.
We salute Lia Osburn and the Westfield Fox Valley Mall for their commitment, dedication and support in making the City of Aurora a cleaner, healthier place for years to come.
USAgain is pleased to partner with The OAKS Senior Center (Older Americans Knox, Inc.), whose motto is “seniors helping seniors,” to offer the Galesburg, IL, community an eco-friendly option to rid their closets of reusable but unwanted clothes, shoes and other textiles.
“I hope that many people will make use of this new bin as the more textiles collected the more OAKS will be able to keep helping seniors in other ways,” said OAKS president, Beverly Tracy.
The OAKS has been helping seniors since it’s incorporation in the early 1980’s and is completely supported by its members and friends. It has never received any government grants or funds.
The OAKS Senior Center
176 N. Farnham St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
phone: (888) 571-2015
Elmhurst, Illinois’ Galway Cafe serves great food and offers dancing every night until 4 A.M. This lively, entertaining USAgain partner is also active in eco-friendly activities, displaying a USAgain collection bin outside their restaurant in an effort to collect unwanted clothing and divert them from landfills.
The collection bin is essential in gaining the attention of new customers, said manager Mary Passaris. An eco-friendly and environmentally-conscious image is important to some consumers, and hosting a USAgain collection bin helps Galway Cafe display its true colors.
Passaris hopes the collection bin will motivate customers to recycle more often, she said.
12045 Roosevelt Road
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In Schaumburg, Bode Preschool isn’t just teaching future world leaders colors and shapes, but teaching green living. Besides hosting a USAgain bin and recycling clothes, Bode Preschool is also involved in community gardening.
There is a benefit to teaching children recycling. “They are able to put in clothes and shoes as they outgrow them. It is convenient,” said Lubina Sultana
We thank Bode Preschool for hosting us, and doing their part to protect the planet and their community.
And if any Schaumburg residents are looking for a friendly preschool with plenty of activities, look no further than Bode.
Site host Bernie’s Antioch Marathon is a proud partner in USAgain’s clothing collection efforts. Conveniently located on a corner at Main Street in Antioch, Illinois, Bernie’s Antioch Marathon’s collection bins bring new customers to the business, says manager Brandon Marzahl.
There’s nothing easier than dropping off clothes in the USAgain collection bin as you fill-up your gas tank. In this global economic recession, Marzahl hopes customers will drop-off clothing and shoes in realization that people around the world would benefit from the unwanted clothing and shoes occupying space in our closets.
“Times may be bad here, but it’s worth in other places,” said Marzahl. “We should still help out.”
Bernie’s Antioch Marathon
830 Main Street
USAgain is proud to be partnered with Avanti’s Italian Restaurant in Bloomington to recycle surplus clothing and shoes. Local businesses like Avanti’s are the backbone of USAgain’s textile recycling operations. Without sponsors like Avanti’s, diverting textile waste from landfills would be impossible.
Avanti’s combines a family friendly atmosphere with an affordable menu and great service. The result is a great Italian dining experience without breaking the bank. You can’t go into Avanti’s without trying the fresh baked Italian bread, which is made from scratch. Also on the menu are pasta, sandwiches and pizza, all of which are delicious and available via carry-out, dine-in and delivery.
The partnership with USAgain shows Avanti’s is more than just a great place to eat – it’s a business with green initiatives. Avanti’s serves great food without compromising the environment and the future.
“We partnered with USAgain to do our part in helping those less fortunate to receive reusable clothes and shoes,” says Rich Zeller, Co-Owner and President of Avanti’s. “The money we receive per pound of textiles collected is then donated to a local charity.”
Next time you stop by Avanti’s for some pasta and fresh bread, bring any unwanted clothing and shoes sitting around your home. When you eat at Avanti’s you can rest assured you’re supporting a restaurant that’s committed to environmental sustainability.