Clothes on my back, not in Landfill

“According to the U.S. EPA, a whopping 85% of all discarded textiles-12 million tons-are sent to U.S. landfills every year.  USAgain a green for-profit enterprise, works to reduce this textile waste.”  “Clothes are given a second life at affordable prices.”

Did you know that it can take up to 800 gallons of water to grow, manufacture and transport a new cotton t-shirt or pair of jeans?  Last year the Hamlin School in San Francisco collected 1,690 pounds of textiles and old shoes in our UsAgain bins which:

-Saved enough water to supply 16 homes for a year

-Prevented carbon emissions equivalent to driving a car 14,409 miles

-Avoided 10 cubic yards of landfill waste

As Global Citizens it is imperative that we continually rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle, so that our planet can survive the growing battle with pollutants that degrade the health of our living conditions.  The trash you throw away every week doesn’t just disappear, it goes somewhere, and that mass of waste has environmental repercussions.

If you are a Hamlin parent, student, or faculty member, please drop off your “UsAgain” labeled bags of clothing at either McKinne or Stanwood entrances.  Thanks for participating!  For more information about getting your school or business connected to UsAgain, please visit http://www.usagain.com/

 

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