Reuse #3 SMART Association Intro

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Reuse #3 SMART Association Intro

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

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