Changing the Way We Consume & Create


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I want to live in a world where we embrace our individuality. I want to live in a world where we are encouraged to innovate- to seek new solutions to every day problems that will ultimately affect our future generations.

Hi! I'm Jenelle. Though these days I am most frequently referred to as Mommy, I used to hold such titles as President, Waitress, College Student, Mud Bog Racer, and I even donned a big furry cat suit in high school as Suzy Stateliner- the school mascot! Between crushing cars with Monster Jam trucks, judging silly dance contests, and those other less fun household chores... I rescue clothing and textiles from our landfills.

I am a recycling and repurposing revolutionary. I am here to not only encourage and inspire you to consume less and recycle more but to transform discarded materials into wearable, practical, fun, personalized and stylish works of art. When we find creative ways to repurpose what we no longer need we can inject color, texture, personality, and wonder into our lives and communities. I am instigating a movement to change the way we consume and create- will you join me? Head over to the About TrashN2Tees menu to find out how you can support or join me at an upcoming Event!

Clothing Recycling

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TrashN2Tees Clothing Recycling Program 

Textile/clothing waste makes up for nearly 6% of municipal waste and 95% of the that material can be recycled! I think 100% can be creatively reused.

It all started in 2010 when I offered incentives to my own customers with a mail in recycling program called TrashN2Cash- that helped to divert more than 2.5 tons of clothing from the landfills. That's no small feat.

In 2012 I established TrashN2Tees Clothing Recycling program that service my direct community in Central Kentucky. We grew to service 5 states in the Midwest and Northeast USA.  Here we are in 2014, I'm excited to announce that TrashN2Tees has partnered with USAgain to offer textile recycling nationwide. To date we've diverted more than 50 tons of clothing from our waste streams and continue to keep approximately 7,000 tshirts from landfills every month!

What happens to materials donated?  

Due to the amazing support of our local communities TrashN2Tees collections have outgrown the storage space. While some of the clothing collected will be repurposed and used in TrashN2Tees designs- the majority of textiles collected at dropbox locations and events are transported to a facility where it is sorted into different grades: including usable/non-usable, cotton scrap, cotton blend scrap and synthetics. The materials are later sold for reuse as clothing, linens, etc or to emerging markets that turn materials into wiping rags, fiber for car seats and insulation. Items collected may also be repurposed and used in TrashN2Tees designs.  

 We've set up numerous programs locally with eco designers and educational institutions to creatively reuse materials. Additionally requests nationwide for similar outlets lead to my need to seek out a larger firm to help collect and process textiles. They, USAgain, are responsible for keeping more than 601,266,000 items from our landfills. Together we are offering our communities a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing. 



TrashN2Tees has received some amazing support and been featured in a variety of publications online worldwide. Jenelle has been recognized as a 2012 Leading Mom in Business by Startup Nation and has sat on an international panel discussing recycling/social ent for The Guardian. Jenelle is a project designer for Pellon® and resident sewing expert for Bernina USA on We All Sew. In October 2013 Trashn2Tees was awarded The Best in Green Practice Small Business Award by The NYER.

Alpha Woman Gives New Life to Discarded T-shirts // The Express-Times

2014 Martha Stewart American Made Style Finalist

September 2014 Small Business Opportunities Magazine Feature; Eco-Prenuering

March 2014 Gold Winner Best Company for Leadership – Green Business - Regional IAIR Awards

March 2014 Named 1 of 50 Creative Women Who Inspired and Inform //Oh My!

December 2013 The Morning Call// Lehigh Valley Company News

December 2013 TrashN2Tees Lumberjack Kit named Best of Etsy's Gifts by Lucky Magazine

November/ December Issue of The NYER features TrashN2Tees as one of "8 Innovators to Watch"

November 2013 Panelist at The Sustainable Textile Summit

October 2013 Press Release: NYER Best In Green Business Winner

September 2013 Sustainable Sewing Article published in Through The Needle Online Magazine

August 2013 Press Release: Bernina USA Adds 4 New Experts to We All Sew

June 2013 Published in Kids Crafts 1-2-3

May 2013 Luri & Wilma Magazine Feature Girl On The Up

April 2013 The Easton Irregular// An Even Brighter Green by Erin McGuirk

August 2012 Woman With Passion: Jenelle Montilone

Named 2012, 2013, 2014 Leading Mom in Business by Start Up Nation and







I love the chance to connect - you'll find me traveling across the country discussing the value of waste, teaching, collaborating with creatives and makers, innovating solutions and supporting creative reuse + recycling initiatives in my own community.

Let's create something amazing together! For information on scheduling an event, please fill out this inquiry form.


Private Sewing Lessons  Phillipsburg, New Jersey

February 17, 2015          From Waste To Worth- Reuse    Nazareth, Pennslyvania

March 26 - 29, 2015     Craftcation Conference   Ventura Beach, California

May 18, 2015                 Book Release:  The Upcycled T-Shirt 28 Easy-to-Make Projects That Save The Planet

July 9-12                       BERNINA University           Scottsdale, Arizona




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TrashN2Tees products are carried in a variety of boutiques, shops, and even farmers markets across the US and Canada. Check back soon and often for new shops. (Happen to know a great shop that might love our goods? Got a store of your own? Email me for more information about becoming a retailer & a complete wholesale kit)

Mercantile Home      Easton, Pennslyvania

Wonderwall Art Studio    Peoria, Illinois

Spa Moab                   Moab, Utah


The Upcycled Tshirt Book

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“I want to inspire people to creatively reimagine their waste and shift their perception. If we can make something awesome from an old T-shirt… what other things can we reuse?!” asks Montilone, who is a self-professed recycling and repurposing revolutionary. The average American throws away 70 pounds* of clothing each year, which adds up to an astounding 20 billion pounds of clothing each year in the United States. “All waste has value,” says Jenelle, who believes that upcycling will not only help save our environment, but is a fun activity for anyone who wants to create something rewarding. I see it as a way of creating beauty with what we'd normally discard. If we can find creative and innovative ways to reuse in our homes they become habits."

Twenty-eight easy to make projects are detailed, with inspiring images, in the book – everything from chic wardrobe essentials, jewelry, home décor, whimsical toys for kids to personalized gift items. Montilone offers solid advice and tips along the way, such as advising readers to substitute upcycled flannel in place of lightweight interfacing. “The book has something for everyone and of every skill level. Don’t know how to sew - that’s okay, we’ve got you covered,” explains Montilone, encouraging all of us seek ways to shift the status quo and make the world a better place through art.

Available in store and online May 18th, 2015 Pre-Order The Upcycled T-shirt now on



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