Models show off second-hand designs at 85th Annual Fashion Design Show

Models strutted their stuff at the 85th Annual Fashion Design Show but with a spin on the outfits – repurposed fabrics distributed from USAgain.

On Sun., May 4, at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Madeleine Docherty used her experience in Guatemala as inspiration for the recent fashion show in 560 Music Center Ballroom Theater at 560 Trinity Avenue in the Delmar Loop.

Docherty, who interned at Mercado Global for two months, studied textiles and socially responsible fashion as the recipient of a grant from WUSTL’s Office of Undergraduate Research.

During her time at Mercado Global, she also completed an apprenticeship with a local weaver in San Juan La Laguna, learning the basics of traditional Guatemalan weaving.

“I discovered that many Guatemalan women, despite the opportunity to join more global mainstream society, continue to keep their culture’s traditions, such as weaving,” said Docherty. “They are persistent in maintaining what they believe in despite the odds. Thus, they inspired me to stick to what I have come to believe in: sustainable fashion. Additionally, I was compelled to celebrate the persistence of these women by including elements of their traditional designs into my own modern design aesthetic.”

She also used textile material distributed from Goodwill Outlet Store, as well as USAgain, to create three signature designs.

Check out the photo gallery below.

(Photo credit: Mary Butkus)

 

 

USAgain collects 2,000 pounds of clothing at St. Louis Earth Day Festival

ST. LOUIS, MO. – USAgain is proud to have offered a textile recycling option during the Recycling Extravaganza at the St. Louis Community College on Sun., April 27. USAgain was able to collect 2,000 pounds of clothes and shoes, which will be given a second life through reuse or recycling, as part of the St. Louis Earth Day Festival at Muny Grounds in Forest Park happening the same day.

Similar to last year, the St. Louis Earth Day Festival drew a large crowd of eco-minded businesses and community members. USAgain sponsored the Main Stage events, which included guest speaker Honorable Mayor Francis G. Slay during the opening ceremony. This was USAgain’s second year sponsoring the festival.

“The Festival is educational and entertaining for all ages, and is directly aligned with USAgain’s mission of benefiting people and the planet,” said Thomas Jacquin, USAgain Division Manager for the St. Louis branch.

There were booths of entertainment and opportunities to learn about sustainable products and services from local businesses. Visitors met local nonprofits to share their mission for Earth Day. Attendees participated in a surplus of hands-on educational activities, including observing ecosystem models, participating in role-playing games or creating something beautiful things with “trash.”

“We appreciate the ongoing support of companies like USAgain who share the mission and values of St. Louis Earth Day,” said Cassandra P. Hage, Executive Director for St. Louis Earth Day. “Through this support, our organization is able to provide a high quality, free event for St. Louisians that celebrates and encourages the advancement of environmental and social sustainability across the region.”

The All Species Parade started the day’s event, led by the Joia World Percussion Ensemble. Both adults and children participated in group yoga, face painting and henna, and made masks for the All Species Parade.

Other highlighted events included Laclede Gas and Better Life teaming up to perform dog-washing demonstrations with a natural gas-powered instant hot water heater and pooch-friendly shampoos to bathe 12 lucky dogs.

Check out the excitement from the event in the photos below.

For 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 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.

USAgain recognized by Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis

USAgain’s St. Louis division had the pleasure to parter with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis in 2013 by providing trees to be planted at 12 homes. The trees will serve to beautify neighborhoods for years to come and reduce summertime energy costs.

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To commemorate the tree donation, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis was kind enough to present USAgain with a build sponsor plaque. Our team appreciates being able to give back to needy folks in St. Louis by working with Habitat for Humanity!

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Learn more about Habitat for Humanity at www.habitatstl.org

Coat donation keeps St. Louis families warm

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While recent temperatures in the area fluctuated from completely frigid to wickedly cold, kids at the Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis were prepared for the harshness of winter thanks to USAgain, a textile recycling company with a local office in the city.

Earlier this winter, the club received a donation of 250 winter coats from USAgain. The coats were collected throughout fall months at USAgain’s textile recycling bins around the city.

“We cannot express how grateful we are for the coat donations to our organization. Our families, and many people, can take clothing for granted—until they are in need or without,” said Marvin Crumer of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. “Your generous donation helped our families at a critical time of the year where they are definitely needed.”

This is the second straight winter USAgain has warmed up St. Louis families with gently used coats, and the company looks forward to future endeavors with the Club.

“We collect all kinds of clothing throughout the year, including winter coats,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “It makes all the sense in the world to pass winter coats along to those in need, especially during a winter as cold as this year’s.”

See where to donate clothes.

Fontbonne University students visit USAgain to learn about textile recycling

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USAgain’s St. Louis division was pleased to host fashion merchandising students of Fontbonne University, for a visit of facilities and presentation covering textile recycling.  Fashion merchandising students study apparel industry trends, marketing, and product development such as the variety of fibers and the differences between knits and wovens.

As professionals in the industry steadily join the part of the economy comprised of eco-centric business practices, these students looked to USAgain seeking hands-on understanding of consumers’ wants and needs in the secondary clothing industry, and to gain knowledge of current recycling methods to better forecast future demands and trends.

The majority of students arrived at USAgain with limited knowledge of the negative environmental impacts of textile manufacturing and waste.  For many, the presentation offered a first exposure to the impeding issues altogether on the topics.  Students came well-prepared with dozens of questions and left inspired with an increased desire to advocate and promote textile recycling in their communities.

“They all expressed how interesting the tour was and wondered how we can educate the rest of the population about textile recycling,” Said Amy Meyers, Fashion Merchandising Instructor of Fontbonne University. “Overall, learning about recycling textiles will and has changed their views on the fashion industry.”

Like USAgain, the students recognized the importance of seeking increased opportunity to collect textiles for reuse and recycling.  Additional opportunities for textile recycling will lead to better waste diversion and promote growth for greener business practices in the apparel industries.  USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles.  Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills.

Warners’ Warm Up Coat Drive in St. Louis

We partnered with Operation Food Search and Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation to donate winter coats to needy families in the St. Louis area this November. We’re proud to say 3,600 pounds of coats were given to those in need. The donation was a part of the Warners’ Warm Up Coat Drive.

“Each year the demand for coats in the St. Louis area exceeds the supply collected through our annual coat drive,” said Jen Zink, Director of Programs for the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation. “As the Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive enters its thirteenth year, we are excited to receive support from USAgain to assist us in collecting more coats than ever before and keeping more bodies warm this winter.”

Coats were collected at USAgain bins throughout October. We have hundreds of bins around St. Louis, and we thank all who kindly placed their coats in our bins, as they’ll be going to good use this winter. We look forward to future charitable events with Operation Food Search, Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation, and other awesome local organizations here in St. Louis!

“We’re tremendously excited to partner with such a great organization,” said Tom Jacquin, Division Manager of USAgain. “The Foundation will ensure that these coats are given to people in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area who need them, and we’ll be continuing our mission of diverting clothing from landfills.”

Visit Operation Food Search and First Things First Foundation on the web

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A USAgain truck loaded with 3,600 pounds of winter coats arrives at Operation Food Bank’s office
USAgain’s Tom Jacquin chats with Sunny Schaefer (left) of Operation Food Search and Jennifer Zirk (middle) of Kurt Warner’s Foundation

 

Coat Drive at Higher Heights Deliverance Church

We partnered with Higher Heights Deliverance Church to collect winter coats for the needy. It was a great event and we appreciate being able to work with such a remarkable organization!

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About Higher Heights

Higher Heights Deliverance Church is located at 2127 California Ave in the Fox Park neighborhood of St. Louis. The church was founded in 1998 by Pastor Melvin Kindle and his wife Beverly. The church is known for being a place where each person matters, where the everyday focus is to find a way to make someone’s life better.

 

America Recycles Day Contest

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Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. Join USAgain in raising environmental awareness beyond November 15 while diverting textile waste from landfills.

Find out how to enter your school for USAgain’s America Recycles Day recycling challenge! The top five chools will be awarded cash prizes of $1000, $750, $500, $250 and $100.