OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - For the fourth year, UNO students have arranged a clothing swap. Before Thursday, students and teachers dropped off new or gently used items, collecting a total of 230 pounds up for grabs to keep it from a landfill.
Last year, the Earth Week event caught the eye of Justus Cipolla. This year, he's running it.
"I went last year, it was the first year I ever went," he said. "It was new to me, I didn't know they did this event and I was just like 'what's going on, these clothes are free? I can just take them?'"
According to the EPA, last year more than 15 million tons of textile waste were produced in the United States alone and the average American threw away more than 80 pounds of used clothing.
"Being eco friendly and being green can be an everyone thing," UNO student Monic Bosiljevac said. "Everyone can do a really small piece out of their day and do something that is more eco friendly, it's something that affects everyone in some way or another."
Any outfits that don't get swiped at the swap don't automatically fo to the landfill. They are headed to the Women's Center for Advancement and the Sienna Francis House.