Putting recycled clothing to good use

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - They're slogans and campaigns you hear all the time, Save Our Planet, Go Green, and Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. It's the main mission of a for-profit company right here in St. Louis.

Use-Again collects millions of pounds of textiles to eliminate waste, preserve the environment and create green job opportunities.

Textiles in landfills cause all sorts of problems. They decompose and release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas.  Also, dyes and other chemicals leach into the soil and contaminate ground water, harming humans and wildlife

There is a massive demand for clothing in other countries. So, why not ban textiles from landfills? Today, 18 states and New York City have landfill bans on electronics. As a result theree times the amount of electronics were recycled from just ten years ago. Europe, a leader in recycling, set the ambitious goal to totally eliminate plastic waste going into landfills by 2020.

USAgain is a leader in the textile recycling industry. USAgain`s green and white recycling bins provide communities with a convenient way to dispose of surplus clothing and give it a second life.

USAgain operates over 10,000 recycling bins in 18 states and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

More information: www.usagain.com

Nikole Shurn-Perkins is the Fairy Glam project spokesman and founder of NSpire 2 Dream.  The Fairy Glam Project is a partnership between Nspire 2 Dream and USAgain. They are now collecting dresses to give away to girls in need of a prom dress.

The Fairy Glam Project creates an opportunity for St. Louis and Illinois high school juniors and seniors facing financial hardships to select a new or gently used prom dress at no cost.  The event also provides an opportunity for those looking to donate and recycle their gently-used special occasion dresses.

Dresses may be dropped off at green and white USAgain bins located throughout the area.