Secretary of Commerce Ross validates Philly Green Man’s recycling, environmental entrepreneurship efforts

Ogbonna Hagins is capitalizing on the recycling of clothing, textiles and shoes, considered to be the next frontier for cities like Philadelphia seeking to reduce solid waste.

Recognizing the environmental and economic benefits, Philly’s Green Man is taking advantage of the fact that nearly 100 percent of textiles, clothing and shoes are recyclable.

“Recycling pays,” said Hagins, a noted activist and advocate based in one of America’s largest cities, Philadelphia. “Eight hours of work can turn into $500, if you can organize, talk, care about others and want to help the environment.”

According to the World Wear Project, almost 100 percent of household textiles and clothing can be recycled, regardless of quality of condition. Some half, 48 percent, of the post-consumer textile waste is typically sold to developing countries which Hagins has tapped into.

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