National Collegiate Clothing Drive Collects 16 Tons of Clothing
Volunteers from over 90 Universities and Colleges Collect Donations for “oneSHIRT” Initiative
March 28, 2011 – Morgantown, West Virginia – SustainU, a leading producer of apparel using 100 percent recycled fabrics that are manufactured in the USA, reported the results of its annual “oneSHIRT” campaign, a national clothing drive designed to collect clothing to either be reused or recycled. Partnering with more than 90 universities and colleges from around the country, more than 1,300 student volunteers were able to gather nearly 32,000 pounds – approximately 16 tons – of donated clothing.
CEO, Chris Yura marveled at the drive and commitment of the volunteers stating, “The results of oneSHIRT were more than we ever could have imagined. Its success is a testament to all the hard work from everyone involved. In 2010, our first year of the initiative, we collected 1,300 pounds, so this year’s result blew away our expectations.”
Student volunteers distributed over 12,000 door hangers raising awareness of the impacts recycled clothing can have on their communities and the environment. Nationwide, approximately 68 pounds of clothing per person is thrown away every year, amounting to about 10 percent of all the waste in landfills today.
“By using recycled materials and clothing to make high quality fabrics for new apparel, we can have a positive impact on the environment,” states Yura. “By changing the way we think about clothes, we can change the world.”
SustainU is at the forefront of creating clothing from recycled materials. The fabric used in its apparel is produced from post-consumer plastic bottles, recycled cotton and post-industrial textile waste, and is manufactured in Raleigh, North Carolina.
SustainU produces high performance apparel using fabrics made from 100% recycled materials that are manufactured in the USA to provide extraordinary comfort and wear, while reducing environmental waste, carbon emissions and water use. Our mission is to change the way clothes are made to improve the environment, reinvigorate America’s manufacturing sector, and educate the world about how clothing can positively impact people’s lives.