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Results Announced For Nationwide Clothing Recycling Contest

BEL AIR, Md. — May 3, 2012 — Florida State University claims the title "Big Shirt on Campus" by winning the 2012 oneSHIRT Challenge presented by SustainU and sponsored by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART). The students of Florida State University recycled more than 3 tons (6,019 pounds) of clothing and textiles while competing in the oneSHIRT Challenge during Earth Week 2012. Results of the contest were announced today by SustainU.

During this year's nationwide oneSHIRT Challenge more than 37,000 pounds (37,166) of clothing and textiles were collected to be recycled. A total of 730 students from 48 colleges and universities in 26 states volunteered for this year's competition.

Students at schools participating in the oneSHIRT Challenge collected clothing to be recycled during Earth Week. The volunteers partnered with local clothing recycling companies which purchased the materials. All monies collected were donated to charities in the community of each institution. In some cases, the recycled materials were given directly to local chapters of charities such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and St. Vincent de Paul. This is the second year of the oneSHIRT Challenge; in 2011, more than 16 tons of clothing was collected and recycled."

People don't realize that 95% of all clothing and textiles can be recycled or processed by our member companies, " says Jackie King, Executive Director of SMART. "Our goal is to get people to think of clothing recycling as they already do paper, plastic, and aluminum recycling. Introducing the students to clothing recycling via the oneSHIRT Challenge is a win-win-win for SMART, SustainU, and the environment."

As the "Big Shirt on Campus" by winning the 2012 Challenge, Florida State University receives 24, 4-day passes along with premium camping space at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival to be held June 7-10 in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo is also a sponsor of the oneShirt Challenge along with MobileU, an Earth Day network initiative.In addition, the school collecting the most pounds per student enrolled will receive 50 SustainU shirts for their group or club.

Other top schools in the oneSHIRT Challenge include:

School                                                       # of Pounds Collected
West Virginia University                              4,846
Oklahoma Panhandle State University       3,113
Creighton University                                   2,682
Bryant University                                        1,789
Northeastern University                              1,719
SUNY - Empire State                                  1,458

"It is exciting to see so many students from around the country mobilized around the idea of textile recycling. More than 18-and-a-half tons of clothing has not only been kept out of landfills, but has also gone to support local charities and job training programs in the communities where the clothing was collected. I am so proud of the schools and the oneSHIRT team for creating a climate for clothing recycling where everyone can benefit," says Tiffany Newcomb, Director of Corporate Responsibility for SustainU.

For campus contact information, contact Paul Bailey at the Fallston Group at 410-420-2001 or by email at paul.bailey@fallstongroup.com.

Posted on May 8, 2012

Source: SMART