A Chicago based for-profit textile recycling company, USAgain is hosting its first ever Homecoming Goes Green dress giveaway. High school students are invited to select one free dress to wear to their school’s homecoming dance or prom. They are encouraged to bring one unwanted T-shirt to the event, to show their commitment to reducing textile waste in landfills.
The dresses are new or lightly-used; many still have tags and some are designer brands. USAgain is excited to give these dresses a new life to high school students from the Chicagoland area.
Homecoming Goes Green
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.
What: USAgain's Homecoming Dress Giveaway Event
When: August 19, 2012 | 10am - 12 noon
Where: USAgain Warehouse (follow signs to event entrance)
1555 W. Hawthorne Lane
West Chicago, IL 60185
“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.”
“In addition to events like the Homecoming Dress giveaway, we hold contests for both America Recycles Day (November) and Earth Month (April) of each year, where schools are awarded cash prizes,”said Graham Grochocinski.
“But our flagship program for school partners is a year round clothes and shoes collection fundraiser where schools host a USAgain collection bin. Schools collect textiles year-round, raising funds per pound of clothes, shoes, or other textiles that are collected. Currently, USAgain partners with over 500 schools and 17 states around the country.”
< Read more about USAgain, their 3-P business model working to stimulate our economy (for people, for planet, for profit), and their school programs at: www.usagain.com