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Mattias Wallander is the CEO of USAgain, a green for-profit company offering communities convenient textile recycling options with a mission to eliminate waste and spread awareness on reuse and recycling.

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Climate Marchers Bring the Heat on Carbon

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 3:49 PM

On a beautiful evening in early September, I rode my bike out to Shelli Mullin's Organic Farm in Elburn, IL to meet the 30 or so marchers who were camping there for the night. They had covered 16.8 miles that day, starting out from DeKalb in the morning, and were...

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Organic Cotton: Threading Its Way Into Our Closets

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:02 PM

"Organic" has been the buzzword of significance over the past decade in the food industry, and while it hasn't gained popularity in the fashion industry as quickly, it's on its way to becoming a mainstay, thanks in no small part to the rise of organic cotton.

It's opportune to...

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'Tis the Season to Be... Wasteful?

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 3:42 PM

The upcoming holiday season represents a high point for shopping and consumer spending. Lamentably, it also represents a major increase in waste, which is shown to be detrimental to the environment. From Thanksgiving to the New Year, we generate 25 percent more waste than average.

What do we...

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Don't Mind the Cold -- It's Still Getting Hotter

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 6:49 PM

Sometimes, it's all too easy to be frustrated by a unseasonably cold summer day and think, "Global warming? Not today, at least." This summer has seen a handful of days of that nature, but even when temperatures aren't as hot as we've come to expect, it's important to keep in...

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Frightful Waste: Making Halloween Green

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 1:37 PM

Who said Halloween has to be all orange and black? With a little do-it-yourself work and imagination, All Hallows' Eve can go green, too.

Like any holiday, Halloween offers an opportunity to go green without sacrificing an ounce of festive fun. Going green for Halloween is also a nice way...

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Reduce, Reuse, Return to School

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:27 PM

The back-to-school season isn't exactly a holiday -- for many students, the end of summer feels like quite the opposite -- but in terms of commercial activity, the back-to-school shopping season is second only to the winter holidays in total spending. In 2012, U.S. families spent $83.8 billion dollars on...

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100 Years of Extreme Heat

(3) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 11:33 AM

The World Meteorological Organization recently released its Global Climate Report, which found that the last decade (2001-2010) was the warmest since the beginning of modern measurements in 1850. Couple that with the fact that 2012 was the hottest year on record and it's clear that the...

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Water at Risk: Stop Fracking in Illinois

(22) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Illinois, where I live, is on the eve of passing fracking legislation that's been called "the nation's strictest" and "a potential model for other states." The proposed legislation is Senate Bill 1715, and it is currently awaiting the signature of Governor Pat Quinn.

Before examining Illinois'...

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The Real Cost of Clothing

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 1:08 PM

I'd like you to do us a quick favor for the purpose of this post: add up the cost of everything you're currently wearing. It doesn't need to be exact, just a close approximation.

Now, this amount could vary pretty widely, depending on whether you're reading this at home, at...

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Greening Out Your Closet

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 4:33 PM

Roll up your sleeves, crack the windows and let's clear out some of this clutter!

That's the rallying cry for many Americans when the months of March and April arrive. For whatever reason, the warming temperatures of spring set off an internal alert for people to clean, organize and de-clutter...

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Earth Day: A Time to Reflect, a Time to Act

(11) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Earth Day is a celebration of the unique hospitability of our planet. Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain, urges you to take some time out of your day to recognize the Earth's beauty.

It's all too easy to get caught up in the tasks of everyday life and forget...

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Textile Recycling: (Don't) Curb Your Enthusiasm

(7) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 5:22 PM

Textile recycling is becoming increasing popular, not just among green moms who are finding creative uses for old T-shirts and eco-conscious college students who are shopping at thrift stores, but also more and more with the municipalities that need to be focusing in on this important issue and have the...

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Keep California Green and Charitable

(15) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 4:50 PM

California is a model state when it comes to waste reduction, aiming to reduce waste going into landfills by 75 percent by 2020. Textiles are a big part of that waste, with more than 880,000 tons sent to California landfills in 2008. Currently all textile-recycling efforts nationwide collect only 15...

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It's Time for Back-To-School Shopping! Here's How to Green Your Routine

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 1:31 PM

For many of us, back-to-school shopping feels less like a guilty indulgence and more like a beloved yearly ritual.

During the holiday-season toys are king, and Halloween is all about the candy, but going back-to-schools means new school supplies and a new fall wardrobe, including backpacks, sneakers, fall sweaters...

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Greenspiration: The Innovative Ways That Companies Are Making Textile Recycling Fun

(5) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 10:20 AM

When you hear "textile recycling" what do you think of? The arduous task you undertake when your closet starts to look like Katherine Heigl's closet in 27 Dresses? Or, is it a fun chance to do something good for others and the environment?

We tend to prioritize recycling paper, plastic,...

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T-Shirt Blues: The Environmental Impact of a T-Shirt

(8) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 4:07 PM

You recycle glass, plastic and paper at home, bring your own coffee mug to Starbucks, take a reusable bag along when you go shopping and are generally doing everything you can to reduce your impact on the environment, right?

But, did you know that the t-shirt and jeans you...

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School's Out! (But Recycling Is Forever)

(2) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:29 PM

The general sense is that kids can be persistent, stubborn and even throw tantrums when they don't get what they want. But when what they want supports a good deed, such as bringing recycling habits into their home, a parent or teacher can't help but feel proud of their actions....

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Simple Steps for Giving Shoes a Second Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 2:20 PM

Work boots for the garden, sneakers for running, loafers for the office, flip flops for the beach... and so on. America loves shoes! According to the National Shoe Retailers Association, Americans spend a whopping $20 billion annually on footwear, with the average person owning 10 pairs of shoes....

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Survey Says... Convenience Is the Name of the Recycling Game

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 3:38 PM

As the CEO of a textile recycling company, I've been talking about the importance of textile reuse and recycling for the last 12 years. Every day my team and I work to spread the word about why it's important to keep clothing in the use stream.

While...

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Why Ban Textiles From Landfills?

(7) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 1:08 PM

Banning textiles from landfills means that all clothing, footwear, linens, carpets, old drapes, towels, coats and more would be prohibited from landfills across the country. Seems extreme, right? Well, it's not, and here's why.

First, let's look at the scope of the problem. According to the EPA, Americans...

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