54 million pounds of clothing – more than enough to fill every room in the White House!
That’s how much USAgain reused last year. This green for-profit enterprise collects used clothes and resells them worldwide through its network of 8,000 collection bins around the country.
Tonight you’ll get the chance to learn how it’s done on EcoChat.
Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain will join the live, video-based web show EcoChat to answer your questions about the recycling process and tell you more about how his company is improving the environment by diverting textiles from landfills.
“Used clothing is typically ten times more affordable than new clothing,” Wallander explains. “So of course the people who get access to affordable, good clothing benefit, and for millions of people in the world, this is really their only option.”
Mattias will also offer tips on the best items to donate to make sure your next drop-off is suited to help those in need.
By exporting textiles to struggling countries USAgain generates revenue, creates green jobs here in the US and abroad, and helps to improve the well-being of people in America and around the world.
Just a few reasons to recycle your clothes:
- 80% of humanity lives in poverty on less than $10 per day and depend on used clothes to dress their families.
- Millions of pounds of textiles are tossed into landfills across the United States each year.
- The EPA, under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, considers many textile-manufacturing facilities to be hazardous waste generators.
- It takes 700 gallons of water to grow the cotton to produce just one T-shirt.
- Every pound of clothing that is re-worn and replaces the manufacturing of new clothing saves seven pounds of greenhouse gases.
To watch the show visit www.ecochatonline.com on Monday, June 14, at 9 EST. If you want to submit questions or chat with other viewers, you can log-in to the event with a Twitter or Vokle account.
For now, check out the video below from the green blog EcoChicago to get a tour of USAgain’s headquarters where they get clothes ready for shipping, and if you want more information about the company, visit www.usagain.com.Vodpod videos no longer available.
About EcoChat’s Alicia Ontiveros:
With a background in network television production, Alicia Ontiveros founded EcoChicago in January 2009 to connect local residents with new green resources in the Windy City. Since then, she’s produced dozens of web videos featuring green leaders and forged her own sustainable lifestyle. EcoChat is her newest endeavor connecting viewers to green leaders around the county to encourage a more robust culture of sustainability.