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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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The Dichotomy of Fashion Pervades Fashion Week

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 5:24 PM

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Like a storyline from a Charles Dicken's novel, this Fall's Fashion Week was the epitome of the aristocracy living high on the backs of proverbial peasants. It showcased the most picturesque beauty and glamour while masking its fatal...

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Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership an Environmental Pollution Pass for Corporations?

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Nearly a decade in the making, advocates of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) promote it as a necessary step to free trade and a robust global economy. Critics are skeptical saying the agreement will be harmful to the environment and economically benefits large corporations.

The United States is...

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A Low-Carbon Revolution Can Mean Good Economic Growth

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 11:47 AM

Last month, two democrats, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), unveiled new legislation to address climate change at an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute. If it becomes a law, the proposed bill will tax fossil fuels, starting at $45 per ton of carbon dioxide...

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Garment Workers' Lives Are Worth More Than Fashion Industry Profits

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:33 PM

This month, in response to union requests, Cambodia's government is scheduling more talks to address garment workers' demands for a pay increase to $177 a month. Low pay and horrible working conditions are a worldwide problem for garment workers. The workers are the only variable in the textile supply chain...

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Global Warming Is Not Just a Bunch of Hot Air

(18) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 12:33 PM

This decade, the planet is experiencing severe weather events unlike any other point in recorded history. Some scientists predict that the resulting physical and economic damage caused by these climate-change indicators is just the tip of the iceberg compared to what's coming down the pike.

A swirling...

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Will G-7 Summit World Leaders Commit to Climate Change Action?

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 1:16 PM

I hope G-7 world leaders will put their money where their mouth is on June 7 and 8 at the 41st G-7 Summit in Germany. The world leaders committed to reaching a global climate agreement by 2015. Worldwide environmental calamities are striking policymakers at the heart of the...

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College Graduates Will Clean Up in the Green Economy

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:12 PM

No irony is more copious than the fact that industrial tycoons ruined the environment in their quest for riches. The result is thousands of bright-eyed, clever college graduates are seeking to begin their careers in green jobs. Job growth and economic opportunity are the subtext of the save the environment...

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California's Drought is Only the Beginning

(30) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 11:14 AM

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order which mandated water restrictions across the state of California, it was a wake-up call for the world, which will continue to have water shortage problems caused by global warming and water pollution. California is grappling with trying to meet the ever increasing...

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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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