Colleges and Universities Recycle Tons of Textiles in Nation’s Largest Collegiate Clothing Drive, the oneShirt Challenge
Florida State and Oklahoma Panhandle State Win Big Shirt on Campus Titles
May 8, 2012 – Morgantown, West Virginia – Florida State University and Oklahoma Panhandle State University have been declared the Big Shirt on Campus for collecting the most clothing during this year’s oneShirt Challenge, the nation’s largest collegiate clothing drive. Students at Florida State donated over 3 tons of used clothing and apparel to support local charities. Oklahoma Panhandle State University collected over 3000 pounds, a whopping 2 pounds per student, to win in that category.
“We are very excited to finish our second year of the oneShirt Challenge knowing that more students and their communities are becoming aware of the benefits of textile recycling,” said Chris Yura, CEO and founder of SustainU. “It is important for future generations that we be creative in the use of all available resources. Many people don’t know that recycling and donating clothing can help support job training programs as well as divert billions of tons of waste from our landfills each year.”
The oneSHIRT National Collegiate Clothing Challenge is the nation’s largest collegiate clothing drive, mobilizing thousands of students and households across the US. Campus groups rallied their campus and community to donate used clothing to benefit local charities and job training programs.
2012 Quick Stats [approximate]
Schools Participating: 110
Schools Reporting: 49
Volunteers Mobilized: 730
Pounds Collected: 37,666
Homes Donating: 8,000
Top 5 Schools [overall poundage]
Florida State University [FL]: 6019 pounds
West Virginia University [WV]: 4846 pounds
Oklahoma Panhandle State University [OK]: 3113 pounds
Creighton University [NE]: 2682 pounds
Bryant University [RI]: 1789 pounds
Top 5 Schools [per student poundage
Oklahoma Panhandle State University [OK]: 2 pounds/student
Hilbert College [NY]: 0.496 pounds/student
Bryant University [RI]: 0.495 pounds/student
Creighton University [NE]: 0.347 pounds/student
Westminster College [UT]: 0.343 pounds/student
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will award the Grand Prize of 24, four-day passes and premium camping to the 2012 festival to Florida State University. Additionally, Florida State University and Oklahoma Panhandle State University will receive 50, 100% recycled, made in the USA SustainU shirts for their group or club.