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Clothing recycling on the rise in the Seattle area

USAgain’s 2013 textile recycling totals show continued growth 

Seattle, WA. – Seattle area residents diverted 4.1 million pounds of clothing and shoes away from landfills in 2013, according to Auburn based textile recycler USAgain, demonstrating that convenience plays a key role in the continued growth of people recycling their unwanted clothing and shoes.

By diverting 4.1 million pounds of textiles from landfills, USAgain and its patrons saved 29.2 million pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere, over 5.8 billion gallons of water, and 23,874 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 955 garbage trucks.

With more than 14,000 recycling locations nationwide, USAgain provides local communities with a convenient option for discarding their unwanted clothing in an environmentally responsible manner.

“It’s great to see continued progress toward textile recycling and a growing recognition of the importance of keeping textiles out of landfills, which saves our planet’s precious resources, said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We’re looking forward to making even greater strides toward reducing waste in 2014.”

Although nearly all clothing and shoes can be re-used, Americans currently recycle just 15 percent of their clothing, with the rest – a total of more than 11 million tons – ending up in the garbage, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“A big picture goal of ours is to partner with more schools, municipalities and businesses to increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent,” Wallander said. “Doing this would bring tremendous impacts in terms of resources conserved and carbon dioxide sequestered.”

Nationally, a total of 56 million pounds of textiles were recycled by USAgain. In addition, USAgain planted more than 200,000 trees around the globe in 2013, most in partnership with Trees for the Future, an agroforestry organization. The trees will serve to sequester carbon emissions and repair damaged ecosystems, helping to make the planet a greener, more inhabitable place.

For 2013 recycling information specific to USAgain’s national divisions, visit www.usagain.com/press-releases.

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling, is a for-profit company that recycles and resells r clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide communities with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of unwanted clothing and shoes, which is diverted from landfills. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 18 states.

 

Reduce, Reuse, Return to School

A story from Mattias Wallander, USAgain CEO, was featured in the Washington State Recycling Association’s newsletter. Click the image to read the full newsletter – our story is on page 14.

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Back-to-School the Eco-Friendly Way

For students of all ages, the days of summer are officially numbered. Slowly, the days will become colder and shorter and before long, school buses will resume shuttling students to and from school. Before that, however, there will be lots and lots of back-to-school shopping.

Read more on the USAgain Blog

Paradise Bowl

Paradise Bowl in Tacoma has been a valued partner of USAgain since May of 2011. Since then, they’ve helped us collect over two tons of clothing annually, an important step toward reducing textile waste in Tacoma. They’re also one of the best bowling centers in the area.

Paradise Bowl sports a newly remodeled cafe and lane-side service for hungry bowlers, as well as synthetic lane surfacing and Qubica scoring. It’s a great destination for everyone from highly competitive league bowlers to families looking for an afternoon of fun or a location for a birthday party. Learn more at paradisebowl.com

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Cost Cutter

USAgain has partnered with Cost Cutter grocery store in Blaine, WA to collect clothing for reuse and recycling. Cost Cutter is determined to be a sustainable grocery retailer, and their addition of a USAgain clothes and shoes recycling bin emphasizes their dedication toward greater sustainability.

Cost Cutter’s foundation is built on the belief that success is only achieved as a complementary balance between social, environmental and economic needs. Cost Cutter is a charitable business as well—the proceeds generated by their clothing collections are given to Blaine Food Bank. We at USAgain look forward to future recycling with Cost Cutter.

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Cost Cutter
100 1733 H Street
Blaine, WA 98230

Featured Site Sponsor
Auburn Gymnastics

We’re thrilled to have Auburn Gymnastics as a sponsor for our new shoe recycling program. By preventing shoes from entering the waste stream, Auburn Gymnastics is doing the community a service as it works toward greater sustainability.

Auburn Gymnastics isn’t just a leader in local recycling—they’re also home to some of the area’s most successful youth gymnasts. Baely Rowe, Shilese Jones and Alexandra Kennedy all have won National Titles in their respective age groups, a major accomplishment for the athletes and the gym. Auburn Gymnastics looks forward to a promising future of recycling and success in competition!

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Animal Services

USAgain is pleased to partner with Animal Services, located at 3120 Martin Way East in Olympia. The onsite collection bin allows Olympia residents to conveniently recycle surplus textiles when visiting Animal Services.

Animal Services is the go-to organization in Thurston County for all pet-related issues, with the overall mission being to promote responsible pet ownership, to provide enforcement of animal law, to reduce pet overpopulation, to provide shelter for orphaned animals and to provide pet adoption opportunities.

Animal Services advocates pet health by providing emergency care and administering grants for assistance with veterinary care, as well as grants for spaying and neutering pets. Above all, Animal Services is a resource center for anyone who is unsure about a medical or social issue regarding a pet. Animal Services is always looking for helpful volunteers for its shelter – anyone interested should refer to the Volunteer FAQ.

Animal Services’ partnership with USAgain will allow the pet resource center to do good for the environment, too. Anyone is welcome to stop by and recycle unwanted clothing, shoes or other textiles. Animal Services also accepts donations of dry, high-quality pet food.

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Animal Services
3120 Martin Way East
Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 352 2781

76 Food Mart – Tacoma

USAgain is pleased to partner with 76 Food Mart in Tacoma, located at 5015 Center Street. Tacoma residents now may conveniently recycle clothing, footwear and other textiles at the green-and-white USAgain bin next to the Mart.

The Food Mart is a family-friendly gas station, serving Tacoma’s residents with a clean store stocked full with convenience items like energy drinks, wine, beer, soft drinks and microwavable food. The Food Mart proudly has some of the most competitive gas prices in the area, plus vacuuming and air for your convenience.

Next time you stop by to fill your tank or grab a snack for the road, bring with the old clothes from the back of your closet. Since partnering with USAgain, the Food Mart has become the quick stop shop for food, household items AND clothing recycling.

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TRM Wood Products Company

USAgain is pleased to partner with TRM Wood Products Company in the recycling of clothes, shoes and other textiles.

The proceeds from their effort will go to the Maple Valley Community Center.

TRM is a full-service lumberyard and hardware store serving homeowners and contractors. Their goal is to provide all customers with the best service and products available. TRM believes that there is no customer too small or too big to handle. They’re committed to carrying the fullest and most extensive line(s) of building products of any lumberyard. This is complemented by TRM’s knowledgeable staff for their customers to partner with to help make their dreams become reality.

Whether you are tackling a home improvement project or a whole new home, TRM will help you achieve the results you are after!

USAgain thanks TRM Wood Products Company for their recycling efforts and working with them has been our pleasure.

TRM Wood Products Company, Inc.
26700 242nd Ave SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
phone: (425) 432-1222
web: www.trmwoodproducts.net

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El Toro Restaurant & Cantina

USAgain is pleased to partner with El Toro Westgate in the recycling of clothes, shoes and other textiles. With an extensive menu, El Toro provides a wonderful dining experience while offering diners healthier Mexican cuisine options that don’t skimp on quality or taste.

El Toro now serves five locations in the South Puget Sound area:

“Lakewood”
12914 Pacific Hwy. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Phone: (253) 588-5888
Hours: Sun-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

“Westgate”
5716 N. 26th St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone: (263) 759-7889
Hours: Sun-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm (Bar 2am)
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

“Parkland”
13719 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: (253) 536-9735
Hours: Sun-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm (Bar 2am)
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

“University Place”
3820 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466
Phone: (253) 565-2265
Hours: Sun-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

“Downtown Tacoma”
1128 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 722-5196
Hours: Mon-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm (Closed Sundays)
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

BRIEF HISTORY
Born and raised in a town so small that most maps don’t bother to note it, the rural town of Cuautla, Jalisco, situated in-between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, gave rise to Ruben Arias who migrated to the United States in 1970. He arrived at a small Mexican restaurant in San Mateo, California that was operated by a relative. The restaurant had much success in introducing hometown and regional recipes. Here he learned the unique recipe base which would underpin the success of the first El Toro which opened in Lakewood, WA, in the fall of 1979.

With a vision of introducing the Tacoma area to the Mexican dining experience and backed with the hardworking ethic instilled in him by his agricultural small town upbringing, Ruben worked hard to establish the popularity of the first tiny 10 table El Toro. Literally, a one man show for the first year, Ruben would tend the restaurant open to close, preparing in the kitchen the dishes he would serve directly to the tables. Once his recipes and humble charm won the loyalty of his patrons, the word spread and the people came in droves forming lines out the door. At this time he sought the help of his brothers Enrique and Daniel to leverage the popular restaurant and begin a slow but steady growth.

El Toro prides itself in offering great value to its patrons and the convenience for the community to support textile recycling.

USAgain thanks the Arias family for their recycling efforts and working with El Toro has been our pleasure.

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