Wed August 1, 2012
CHICAGO—(August 1, 2012) – USAgain, the company that diverts millions of pound of clothing and textiles from landfills each year, announces the first-ever Homecoming Goes Green dress giveaway event in West Chicago on August 19, 2012. At Homecoming Goes Green, Chicagoland high school students are invited to select one free dress to wear to their school’s homecoming dance or prom. Students are encouraged to bring one unwanted T-shirt to the event, to show their commitment to reducing textile waste in landfills.
“According to the EPA, Americans put 11 million tons of textile waste into landfills each year,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. "Raising awareness of the impact of textile waste is the first step to encouraging textile-recycling, as individuals and as a country, one garment at a time. We’re thrilled to offer Chicago teens a chance to learn about this important issue through our dress giveaway event.”
To register for Homecoming Goes Green, students should “Like” the USAgain Facebook page and fill out a short registration form. The event is free and open to the public but students will be asked to show valid student I.D. to obtain a dress. Bringing a T-shirt, or other piece of wearable unwanted clothing is encouraged, but not required.
The dresses are new or lightly-used; many still have tags. USAgain is excited to give these dresses a new life to high school students from the Chicagoland area.
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USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, is a for-profit company that collects reusable clothing and shoes recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. In 2011 alone, the company collected 60 million pounds of discarded clothing. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau as an ethical business, USAgain operates over 10,000 collection bins in seventeen states. The company’s mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which are then diverted from landfills. For more information, visit www.usagain.com