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A short presentation introducing an association of companies involved in one of the oldest forms of recycling - Textiles!

A short presentation introducing an association of companies involved in one of the oldest forms of recycling - Textiles!



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  • SMART Secondary Materials & Recycled Textiles Association Jeff Pearl & Valerie Sweeney Presented by: E. Butterworth & Co., Inc. Dracut, MA ERC Wiping Products, Inc. Lynn, MA
  • OUR VISION “ Reduce Solid Waste by Reclaiming, Converting and Recycling Textiles and Secondary Materials”
  • What do SMART Companies do?
    • Pre-consumer market
      • Collect scrap cuttings, fiber, and other textile byproducts from manufacturing companies
      • Sort and process collected materials for use in new products
        • i.e. Yarn spinning, paper-making, shoddy, insulation, flocking, and wiping cloths
  • What do SMART Companies do?
    • Post-consumer market
      • Acquire textiles from charity & commercial lines
        • Clothing, linens, etc.
      • Once graded, material is recycled
        • Thrift stores, export markets, wiping cloths, shoddy, etc.
  • When people think of recycling, they don’t think of textiles… yet!
    • Ironically, it is one of the oldest forms of recycling
    • Annually
      • The average person discards 10 lbs of clothing
      • SMART/charities divert 2.4 billion lbs of waste
    • It is our mission to educate consumers and further reduce the world’s carbon footprint.
  • Why Recycle Textiles?
    • Carbon footprint reduction
    • Clean air preservation
    • Reduce energy consumption
    • Water conservation
    • Woodland conservation
    • 4.67% of waste stream is currently made up of clothing and household textiles
    • Only 15% of all textiles are currently being diverted
  • What Can Be Recycled?
    • Usable clothing
    • Unusable clothing – torn, stained, missing buttons, broken zippers
    • Household textiles (curtains, table linens, bedding, blankets, hats, shoes, ties, handbags, belts, stuffed toys, etc.)
    • Many of our members recycle books, cd’s, tapes, and hard toys as well!
  • Where Do Recycled Textiles Go?
    • 45% used for secondhand apparel
    • 30% become wiping and polishing cloths
    • 20% reprocessed into fibers
    • 5% is unusable
  • Textile Recycling Drives the Economy
    • Job creation
    • Market creation
    • Small business promotion
    • Charitable funding
    • Recycled product development
    • Creates affordable clothing opportunity
  • We are far behind the Europe when it comes to textile recycling.
    • Retail clothing stores in Germany must take used clothes
    • 2-3 cent garment tax in France – helps textile recycling companies
    • They view textile recycling as a way to conserve water
  • The Challenges of Textile Recycling
    • It is very labor-intensive. Everything is touched by human hands.
    • Textiles MUST always be kept clean and DRY so they cannot be co-mingled
    • SMART is primarily made up of small companies with limited resources for PR efforts.
  • Public Relations & Education
    • SMART is a primary sponsor for The Council for Textile Recycling (501C3)
      • Educators, Government officials, charities, for profit organizations, fashion and retailers all work together toward diverting textiles from the solid waste stream.
      • The website will be published within the next few months.
    • SMART has a media consultant and is contracting with a PR firm to help us further educate the public.
  • What Must Change?
    • More education, especially in schools
    • Public Service Announcements
    • Edits or Regulations prohibiting disposal of textiles
    • Changes in labeling laws to allow fibers made from ground up clothing to be used as furniture stuffing, mattress stuffing, etc.
  • What Must Change?
    • Municipalities requiring public works or schools to only use wiping rags made from recycled textiles rather than paper
    • Municipalities locating collection boxes in key areas (near recreation fields, school grounds, etc.)
    • Government tax incentives for textile recyclers to invest in equipment
    • SMART is working hard to increase awareness of the need to recycle textiles
    • You can help by joining the Council for Textile Recycling, or just by spreading the word!
    • Remember…
    • Donate, Recycle, Don’t Throw Away!
  • Contact Information
    • SMART Association
    • 443-640-1050
    • Jeff Pearl - E. Butterworth & Co., Inc.
    • 800-884-7247
    • Valerie Sweeney – ERC Wiping Products, Inc.
    • 800-225-9473