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Back 2 School Clothing Shopping Infographic

Back 2 School Clothing Shopping Infographic

Back 2 School Clothing Shopping Infographic

Did you know that the average American family will spend $246.10 on clothes & shoes per child this back-to-school shopping season? Considering that the EPA estimates 11.1 million tons of clothes & shoes are trashed in the U.S. each year, what are American clothing spending habits like at the start of a new school year. Do we buy new, used or nothing at all?

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Homecoming Goes Green Dress Giveaway Event

Homecoming Goes Green Dress Giveaway Event

USAgain is giving away free homecoming dresses to Chicago-area young ladies! Join us on August 19, 2012, in West Chicago, Illinois, where USAgain will be letting girls browse our selection from over 500 new and gently-used dresses in an effort to raise awareness to the problem of textile waste in our communities. Know a high … Continue reading

Eco-Tip #16: Rake your leaves the hard way

Eco-Tip #16: Rake your leaves the hard way

It’s a shame, isn’t it – some technological advances that make our lives easier are often harmful to the environment and to our well-being. Most people dread the thought of raking leaves. Leaf blowers do the job many times quicker and without the back pain, but these convenient machines also annually pollute as much as … Continue reading

Eco-Tip #15: Stop buying bottled water

Eco-Tip #15: Stop buying bottled water

It’s widely thought that bottled water is worth the cost because it’s cleaner, safer and tastes better than local tap water. Sometimes that may be true, but think of what you’re buying: wasteful, non-reusable plastic bottles filled with water you could easily filter yourself at home for a huge markup. In 2005, The New York … Continue reading

Eco-Tip #8: Go electronic with greeting cards

Eco-Tip #8: Go electronic with greeting cards

It’s long been predicted that the end of paper greeting cards was near. According to the Greeting Card Association, Americans purchase 7 billion greeting cards each year. 7 BILLION. The average household purchases 30 individual cards in a year. If that typical card costs $3, that’s $90 per year on greeting cards (plus postage, of … Continue reading

Back to school green tips all of us can use

Can you believe it’s almost time to head back to school again?  Approximately 76 million kids, teens and adults will be heading back to the classroom this fall. With back-to-school shopping, August and September are months of major consumption for Americans.  While you’re stocking up on back-to-school supplies, make sure you’re making environmentally responsible choices.  … Continue reading

Earth Month Is Coming

Once a year in the spring we celebrate the planet we live on by turning off the lights for an hour in hopes of conserving energy (the sun is shining in Chicago today, time to let the natural light in). During Earth Hour, hundreds of millions of people in their homes and offices turn off … Continue reading

H&M releases new “green” clothing line

Per the post seen on Earth911.com, mega clothing retailer H&M is releasing an eco-friendly clothing line featuring recycled textiles and organic cotton. That’s great news! Last year H&M received a lot of flak for having thrown out unsold clothing instead of donating, recycling or reusing them. Is this just an attempt to fix their image? … Continue reading

A Greener Winter Holiday

Holiday shopping season has been upon us for several weeks. While you’re wrapping-up your shopping routine (and wrapping those gifts), take a minute to think about the waste generated this holiday season; all of the wrapping paper, Christmas trees and product packaging has to go somewhere… Every little bit helps. Consider having a gift exchange … Continue reading

Your local landfill

Have you ever wondered where your trash goes?  Or is it a “trash & forget” scenario for you? Earth911 posted an excellent editorial piece last week about a staff writer’s recent trip to a landfill.  It’s interesting and important to see where our trash goes on a daily basis.  It doesn’t just disappear.  Each year, … Continue reading