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USAgain launches national holiday giving campaign with Boys and Girls Clubs

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USAgain launches national holiday giving campaign with Boys and Girls Clubs

Clothing recycler will donate clothes to local children in need during season


St. Louis, MO (November 1, 2013) – USAgain, the textile recycling company, is collecting winter clothing that it will donate to local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the nation during the holiday season. Items may be deposited into USAgain bins throughout the month of November.

USAgain will donate winter coats, hats, gloves and mittens to Boys and Girls Clubs during the week of December 10, 2013. Clothing collected by each division office will be distributed to a local Boys & Girls Club, where it will be donated to a child or family in need. The initiative provides a convenient, accessible method for people to donate locally during the season of giving.

“We’re proud to be giving back to local Boys & Girls Clubs this winter,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We encourage people to use our bins to ensure that their surplus winter items find a new home with those who truly need them.”

Donated clothing may be slightly worn but still in good enough condition to be work again. The campaign is running in 10 cities; USAgain will donate clothes in: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Pennsylvania, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Seattle.

“By providing our communities with an alternative to throwing away unwanted clothing, not only are we helping conserve landfill space—we’re supporting the Clubs, too,” said Teresa Johnson, Director of Operations for Boys & Girls Club Silicon Valley, CA that received the donations last year through this program.

To find a USAgain recycling bin to drop off winter clothing, simply visit and enter your city or ZIP code. Items of all styles and sizes are accepted, and all items placed in the bin should be placed in a bag.

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About USAgain
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry – is a for-profit company with a mission of diverting textiles from landfills. USAgain’s green and white recycling bins provide communities with a convenient way to dispose of surplus clothing and give it a second life. In 2012, USAgain collected 58 million pounds of textiles for reuse and recycling. USAgain operates over 10,000 recycling bins in 18 states and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. For more information, visit


SMART Executive Director Visits USAgain Headquarters

USAgain’s Chicago headquarters was pleased to host Jackie King, Executive Director of Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART), for a visit and tour of facilities. SMART has been a leading association in the world of wiping materials, used clothing and fiber reclamation since 1932. USAgain became a SMART member earlier this year.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of SMART,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “’We look forward to working with them to promote the secondhand clothing industry and increase business opportunities for ourselves and others in the industry.”

Like many SMART member-organizations, USAgain seeks increased opportunity to collect textiles for reuse and recycling. Increased opportunities for textile recycling will lead to waste diversion and new jobs in the green sector, the part of the economy comprised of eco-centric businesses.

The secondary textiles industry is estimated by SMART to be worth nearly $1 billion worldwide, but considering that only 15% of textiles are currently diverted from the waste stream, there is room to grow and do good for people and planet in the process.

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Evanston Recycling Fair & Public Works Equipment Expo

Check us our at the City of Evanston’s recycling fair – we’ll be collecting textiles for reuse and recycling. Fair attendees will also be able to recycle electronics, tires, batteries and more without leaving their cars. See the official release and learn more on Evanston’s website.

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Westfield Fox Valley Mall
Aurora, IL

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 Visits Agassiz Elementary School in Lakeview

USAgain Chicago paid a visit to Agassiz School to present them with their prize check from Earth Month Challenge. Read the story here, courtesy of

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Students at Agassiz Elementary School in Lake View got a head start on celebrating Earth Day this year by showing off the environmentally friendly initiatives the school has undertaken in an effort to become “greener.”

A group of Agassiz students helping to manage the program—known as the “Green Team”—convened Friday to demonstrate programs such as food sharing to reduce waste; neighborhood litter collection with sorting of recyclables and waste; and school-wide composting.

The school is also competing against 138 other Chicago-area schools in a nationwide textile recycling contest for cash prizes based on pounds of clothes and shoes collected sponsored by textile recycler USAgain.

“The excitement of the Green Team’s programs is driving us to jumpstart other new green initiatives that impact our daily lives for the better,” said Agassiz principal Mira Weber. “Earth Day isn’t something that should be recognized just one day out of the year. Our kids are demonstrating that everyday can be Earth Day.”

“I am impressed by the leadership skills these young people are developing and the positive example they are setting for the community,” said Ald. Tom Tunney (44th). “I look forward to working with Agassiz to help make Lakeview a greener neighborhood for our next generation and for the good of our planet.”

Agassiz officials and students are also discussing new year-round programs to lower the school’s carbon footprint. On Monday they will host a Recycle-A-Thon from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. featuring clothing drop-off by USAgain, shredding and recycling of sensitive documents by Midway Document Construction; and used technology collection.

“It’s wonderful to see our students so enthusiastic about giving back to their community,” said Ian Overway, a teacher at Agassiz who is coordinating the Green Team. “They’re inspired with the range of possibilities that recycling offers—from clothing and shoes to food or even used electronics—and we hope they continue to be leaders for their generation.”

USAgain, a Chicago-based textile recycling company that helps divert millions of pounds and textiles from landfills each year, challenged area schools to collect clothing, shoes and textiles during the month of April as part of their Earth Month contest. The five schools that collect the most textiles per student will be awarded cash prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, $250, and $100, respectively. All participating schools will earn cash based on pounds of clothes and shoes collected.

The school plans to use any money earned from the USAgain contest to put toward an expanded recycling program at the school, added Weber. Agassiz students have already donated an estimated 1969 pounds of reusable textiles in 2013.