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USAgain Tree Planting
200,000 Trees in 2013

USAgain’s environmental commitment stretches beyond clothing and textile recycling. In 2013, USAgain is expanding its green initiative by launching a tree-planting campaign, which will result in 200,000 trees being planted in regions of Ethiopia, Kenya and Honduras. By partnering with Trees for the Future, an agroforestry resource center based in Maryland, much-needed trees will be planted in these impoverished, environmentally-ravaged areas.

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Ethiopia

A semi-arid, mountainous region in southwestern Ethiopia, Konso is the site of USAgain’s tree planting partnership with Trees for the Future, helping to expand two watershed restoration projects in the villages of Duraite and Lehaite. Since 2010, Trees for the Future has been helping to reverse systematic agricultural and overgrazing failures in the area, working to prevent the highly erosive soils in both villages from washing away each wet season.

Kenya

Due to illegal activities, including timber harvesting, charcoal production, and fuel wood collection, Mount Kenya National Park experienced massive deforestation in the 1980s and 1990s. In an effort to reverse the negative effects deforestation has left on the region, nearly five million trees have been planted in and around Mount Kenya National Park, with USAgain contributing an additional 85,000 trees to be raised in six local nurseries.

Honduras

Two areas in Honduras have been selected for the USAgain tree planting project. An important watershed, source of irrigation and a stop for migratory birds, the Corralito Wildlife Reserve will receive 20,000 seedlings in 2013. Las Lajas, a major hydroelectric resevoir that provides more than 40% of the electric power for Honduras, will receive 45,000 seedlings of various species in a project meant to reforest the surrounding area.

USAgain supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Originally published July 6, 2012 at Timesleader.com

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USAgain 2000 LLC recently donated $2,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The grant will support the daily activities and programs offered at the club, which serves approximately 1,000 boys and girls ages 6-18 residing in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. Programs include after school homework help, drug and alcohol prevention, arts and crafts, sports, fitness and recreation, digital photography and computer education.

Kulpmont Mother Helping Tornado Victims

See the original story and video on WNEP.com

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KULPMONT — A mother in Northumberland County watched the devastation caused by the tornados in Oklahoma and decided she had to get involved.

Jessica Mirarchi of Kulpmont has been spending a lot of her time bringing donations of clothes and toys to the Kulpmont Fire Company Number 1. It’s being used as a staging area. Mirarchi said it’s all to benefit the tornado victims in Oklahoma.

My heart broke; I felt the need to do something. My kids are my whole life and I can’t imagine not having them and these parents lost their children.”

Crystal Wilhelm of the Kulpmont Fire Company said members were glad to help.

Her husband runs with the fire company, he’s one of our lieutenants and there is no reason not to help.”

Mirarchi explained it didn’t take much to get her motivated.

I was watching the news and how everybody was talking about the victims had absolutely nothing and I look at my kids and I couldn’t imagine my kids losing everything.”

The toys and clothing won’t be sent directly to Oklahoma. Instead the items will be trucked to Usagain, a Wilkes-Barre company. The firm will recycle the items and sell the material to thrift stores in the United States and abroad.

Katherine McDonald of USAgain said her company will donate $1,000 to the Red Cross on Jessica’s behalf.

When she called she needed help and she is collecting stuff that we do collect, so if we can help in any way we can.”

The final day of Jessica Mirarchi’s donation drive will be Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Kulpmont Fire Company Number 1.  At that time she’ll be accepting donations of clothing and toys for the Oklahoma tornado victims.

USAgain Applauds Jimmy Aton, Courageous Driver

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WILKES-BARRE, PA – USAgain is in the business of making a difference for people and planet, which we do by diverting clothing from landfills and reusing/recycling it instead. In July 2012, one USAgain driver made a positive difference in a much different way.

Jimmy Aton, a driver at USAgain’s Pennsylvania division, averted a highway catastrophe last summer in Lower Macungie Township, PA. While out driving around, Aton spotted a tanker truck rolling through traffic at about 4 mph. Outside the truck was a man banging on the door of the truck in an attempt to awaken the driver, who was unresponsive.

As he realized the truck was headed into heavy traffic, Aton climbed out of his truck and ran toward the tanker, where he hopped into the cab and safely brought the vehicle to a stop. The driver of the tanker had died at the wheel; without Aton’s swift response to the runaway truck, more lives could have been in jeopardy.

USAgain applauds Jimmy Aton’s actions to avert a highway crisis and appreciates his service as a driver service representative. Pictured below is the certificate awarded to Aton by the Pennsylvania State Police Department.

“Sunday Magazine” Interview with USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander

USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander speaks with WARM 590 AM’s Brian Hughes on “Sunday Magazine” about the textile recycling company, it’s for-profit business model, and how the Wilkes-Barre community can drop off old clothing and shoes for recycling/reuse.

For more information, please visit: www.usagain.com

 

USAgain Lends a Hand at Local Clothing Drives

Giving back to communities is a vital part of USAgain’s mission to do good for people and planet. Recently, our Pennsylvania division was able to serve local communities by contributing to two clothing drives in the area.

USAgain aided Dallas High School PTSO committee’s rummage sale on March 9-10 of this year. The rummage sale benefits the “lock-in” event, held after the school’s prom. By collecting and recycling all clothes left unsold at the sale and cutting a check to the school, USAgain provided essential funding for the lock-in, which is meant to keep students safe and out of trouble after the conclusion of prom.

“It’s great to get help for our lock-in, because the entire event benefits the students,” says Donna Kon, co-chair of the Lock-in committee. “It’s also nice to raise money in an environmentally friendly way.”

We were also fortunate enough to lend a hand by collecting surplus clothing at Our Lady Mount Carmel Church’s annual clothing drive, in Doylestown, PA. Clothes collected at the event were recycled by USAgain, with part of the funds raised given directly to the church’s charity fund.

“It’s a win-win for both of us,” says Father Fox of the church. “The congregation and community enjoy donating because their items are put to good use, and it brings new people into the church.”

USAgain is proud to give back to great causes in Pennsylvania. By working with organizations like DHS and Our Lady Mount Carmel Church, we can make our communities cleaner—and greener—places to live.

Visit Dallas High School and Our Lady Mount Carmel Church on the web.

Clothing recycling catching on among Pennnyslvania residents

Pennnyslvania residents diverted more than 5.5 million pounds of clothing and shoes from landfills in 2012, the textile recycler USAgain announced today.

That amounts to 1,260 garbage trucks of clothing. It also saved more than 31,000 cubic yards of landfill space, approximately 38.5 million pounds of carbon emissions and more than 7.7 billion gallons of water in 2012.

Nationally, USAgain, a for-profit clothing recycling company, diverted nearly 58 million pounds of unwanted clothing and shoes last year that would have otherwise been thrown into the trash and ultimately buried in landfills.

“This was a major accomplishment in curbing the negative impact that irresponsible textile disposal can have on our environment,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “More people are beginning to realize and understand the environmental benefits in seeking a convenient way to having their old clothing recycled and re-used instead of throwing it in the garbage.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans discard 85 percent of unwanted clothing and shoes into the trash each year, amounting to more than 11 million tons of textiles that get dumped in landfills.

“Considering 85 percent of all textiles end up in landfills, all of us need to do a better job of looking for ways to recycle and re-purpose clothing,” Wallander added. “But when zero-cost recycling options like USAgain and charitable organizations are accessible and convenient, we can have a positive impact on the environment.”

The 58 million pounds of clothing that USAgain recovered would fill 13,257 garbage trucks. It would also fill 52 football fields – or one football field a week – 1 yard deep with reusable material. Overall, USAgain saved nearly 332,000 cubic yards of landfill space, conserved 406 million pounds of carbon emissions and spared 81 million gallons of water in 2012.

“Textile recycling isn’t just a trend we’re noticing in one specific part of the country,” said Wallander, noting USAgain’s growth throughout the nation during the past year. “Recycling habits are catching on nationwide.”

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, IL. – is a for-profit company that recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills. In 2012, USAgain was awarded an “A” rating by the Better Business Bureau. It maintains more than 10,000 collection boxes in 18 states and has nearly 200 employees. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.