about usWhat does “SMART” stand for?Secondary Materials And Recycled Textiles (SMART) – established in 1932, SMART is a re...
general fact sheetSMART’s Vision - to reduce solid waste by reclaiming, convertingand recycling textiles* and secondary ma...
textile recycling FAQs                                                                     page 1Can textiles be recycled?...
textile recycling FAQs                                                                     page 2Besides individual consum...
SMART leadershipLarry Groipen,                                                Jackie KingSMART President                  ...
                         2105 Laurel Bush Rd., Ste. 200 Bel Air, MD 21015                     tel: 443.640.1050 fax: 443.6...
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  2. 2. about usWhat does “SMART” stand for?Secondary Materials And Recycled Textiles (SMART) – established in 1932, SMART is a recycling-based,international nonprofit trade association comprised of used clothing, wiping material and fiber industry com-panies. SMART companies are committed to the “Green” way of life. SMART’s slogan – “SMART was Greenbefore Green was SMART.”What Our Member Companies DoA near $1 billion industry, SMART companies acquire both unused & used (pre & post-consumer) textiles forrecycling purposes. SMART companies are diverse; however, the two core business models in SMART’s preand post markets include:1. Pre-Consumer Market – material acquired prior to consumer use (pre) • SMART member businesses purchase excess material (by-product) from textile and fiber compa- nies who would otherwise discard the unused portions (scraps) of material lots after using it for their manufacturing purposes. • Once acquired, the material is inventoried and processed. SMART companies then repurpose the ex- cess material for use in consumer products (e.g. wiping cloths, automobile insulation, home furnish- ings and a variety of other products).2. Post-Consumer Market – material acquired after consumer use (post) • SMART member companies purchase excess textile donations collected from various charities and commercial sources (e.g. Salvation Army, Goodwill, hospitals, hotels, industrial laundries, etc.) The funds received by charitable organizations serve as a critical source of revenue to support their on- going community-based programs. • Once acquired, SMART companies sort and grade the used clothing based on condition. Once sorted, the used clothing is recycled in one of the following manners: • 45% is used as apparel which is generally exported to least developed and developing countries where demand for secondhand clothing is particularly high. • 30% of the recovered textiles become wiping and polishing cloths used in commercial and industrial settings. • 20% is reprocessed into fibers for furniture stuffing, upholstery, insulation, sound proofing, car- pet padding, building and other materials. • 5% is unusable and not fit for recycling.SMART MembershipNow representing nearly 200 small and medium-sized companies, SMART companies recycle pre and post-consumer consumer textiles. Most of SMART membership companies are family-owned businesses withfewer than 500 employees. The majority employ between 35 and 50 workers, many of whom are semi-skilledworkers. The worldwide industry provides meaningful jobs for more than 20,000 people who locally drive oureconomies and preserve our environment.Where We’re Located 76% 15% 9% United States Canada International Countries [ Mexico, South America, Central America, Europe and Pacific Rim [ | 2105 Laurel Bush Rd., Suite 200 | Bel Air, MD 21015 | tel: 443-640-1050 | fax: 443-640-1086 | www.smartasn.org
  3. 3. general fact sheetSMART’s Vision - to reduce solid waste by reclaiming, convertingand recycling textiles* and secondary materials**SMART membership continually trumpet their mes- The second hand clothing industry is lauded bysage to the donating public by encouraging them to many, including Oxfam, an international aid organi-“Donate, Recycle, Don’t Throw Away.” zation. Oxfam points out, it “supports the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people in developingSMART companies are an economic stimulus countries who work in trading, distribution, repair-through market creation, small business promotion, ing, restyling, washing, etc.”job creation, charitable funding, recycled productdevelopment and the stimulation of affordable It is estimated that only 15% of textile materials areclothing markets; the textile recycling industry in the being diverted from the waste stream for recyclingU.S. provides a significant source of employment & purposes. More can and must be done to recapturerevenue. these vital resources.SMART has an established Code of Conduct Combined with the charitable industry, SMART’swhereby its members have agreed to abide by the membership companies prevent more than 2.5 bil-ethical and moral standards outlined by the Asso- lion lbs. of post consumer textile waste from hittingciation, thus distinguishing SMART members from the solid waste stream each year.other companies in the industry. International trade is a critical component of theThe textile recycling industry is comprised of many textile industry’s success. More than 60% of recov-small businesses, no one company has more than ered textile waste is sent abroad to more than 2504% of the market. countries, equating to more than 1.4 billion lbs. of used clothing – creating hundreds of thousands ofCharities like the Salvation Army and Goodwill jobs worldwide.economically benefit from their ongoing partnershipwith SMART; SMART provides a critical source of The recycling process of SMART companies relyrevenue by purchasing unsold charitable donations. largely on human labor and are far less energy/According to Goodwill, second hand sales gener- water/resource-intensive or polluting than otherate more than $100 million each year to help them recycle industries.support their ongoing programs and operatingneeds. “Goodwill Industries benefits financially from *Textiles – defined as items that are made from woven andour ongoing relationships with the textile recycling non-woven cloth (such as wool and cotton fibers), vinylindustry. This industry provides a critical source of and other artificial fabrics, to include items made from furrevenue by purchasing our unsold charitable dona- or other animal skins.tions. The revenue made by selling second handclothing helps support our ongoing programs and **Secondary Materials – a term used to define any materialoperational needs,” a representative from Memorial in the recycling process.Goodwill Industries, Boston, MA. | 2105 Laurel Bush Rd., Suite 200 | Bel Air, MD 21015 | tel: 443-640-1050 | fax: 443-640-1086 | www.smartasn.org
  4. 4. textile recycling FAQs page 1Can textiles be recycled? suitable for wiping purposes are processed back into fibers that are then remanufactured into paper, yarn,Yes! Textile recycling is the world’s oldest form of insulation, carpet padding, sound proofing, etc.recycling and is often referred to as the “original” Recycling vs. manufacturing has many “green” ben-recycling industry. The EPA estimates the average efits, including:person throws away 10 lbs. of clothing annually. In an • Carbon Footprint Reductioneffort to reduce the world’s carbon footprint, SMART • Clean Air Preservationmembers, in concert with the charitable industry, divert • Reduced Energy Consumptionapproximately 2.5 billion lbs. of waste that would • Water Conservationotherwise fill our landfills each year. • Woodland ConservationHelp me understand — do SMART Recycling textiles protects the environment from exposure to tons of harsh chemicals, waste productsmembers actually recycle? and waste water used in the manufacturing vs. recy-Yes! The recycling pyramid is defined as the three R’s – cling process of clothing. Visit www.smartasn.org forReduce, Reuse, Recycle. SMART members do all three: more information regarding how recycling textiles• Reduce solid waste through the life extension of supports a cleaner, greener earth. textiles while also reducing energy & water consumption through the distribution of reclaimed* How do people get involved in the wipers (recycled rags) vs. manufactured. The use of reclaimed wipers support a cleaner, healthier textile recycling process? environment ; Some communities include clothing and household• Reuse gently worn clothing through wholesaling or textiles in their recycling programs; if not, they should exporting to less than developed or developing request these programs of their local governments. In countries (secondhand clothing as well as house- addition to donation boxes, many charities sponsor hold an industrial linens); neighborhood collection drives and/or have door-to-• Recycle old garments, towels and institutional door pick-up services. Some areas even host commu- linens as they are transformed to wiping cloths nity recycling events (e.g. winter coat collections). needed for industrial use. Additionally, SMART People are also encouraged to take clothing to con- companies participate in fiber conversion – taking signment and thrift shops for resale. Citizens can locate used fiber and recycling (converting) it to new the textile recycling center nearest them by logging textile products for consumer, industrial and onto www.earth911.com or the SMART Green Advocate consumer use. page on the SMART website (www.smartasn.org) and searching by category and zip code. SMART has aWhy should people recycle used formal strategic alliance with Earth911 to promote the importance of textile recycling – both organizations sup-clothing and household textiles? port a “call to action” for all citizens to “Donate, RecycleClothing and household textiles currently make-up and Don’t Throw Away” all used clothing, no matter4.67% of the waste stream. The used clothing industry how small the contribution may be.provides lower income people around the world withaffordable clothing. Clothing that is damaged is * Reclaimed – to recover (substances) in a pure orrecycled into wiping rags. Clothing and textiles not usable form from refuse, discarded articles, etc. | 2105 Laurel Bush Rd., Suite 200 | Bel Air, MD 21015 | tel: 443-640-1050 | fax: 443-640-1086 | www.smartasn.org
  5. 5. textile recycling FAQs page 2Besides individual consumers, can environment than laundered shop towels because they decrease our global carbon footprint. A few facts:businesses help recycle textiles? • 17 gallons of water and 66 BTUs of energy areYes! Businesses are a very important recycling base used to create one cotton shop towel where noand should be encouraged to do so. SMART member water or energy is used when creating a reclaimedcompanies already work with the following industries wiper (recycled rag);and are sensitive to their special needs: • Contaminants found in laundry waste water for• Healthcare facilities cotton shop towels contain lead, toluene, xylene,• Hotels and other hospitality facilities zinc and other heavy metals. The EPA estimates• Textile & paper mills and manufacturers that five million pounds of untreated contaminants• Cut and sew plants per year flow into our waterways from laundered• Textile dye facilities shop towels;• Retail stores (returned/obsolete merchandise) & • Most recycled wiper products are manufactured commercial laundries from recycled textiles that have been diverted from• Select government agencies landfills; • Cotton, used to make shop towels, is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world. In fact,Doesn’t the used clothing market most cotton shop towels are manufactured outsideundermine new clothing businesses of North America from virgin cotton fibers;in developing countries? • When manufacturing cotton towels, dyeing requires a hefty amount of water and its fixativesNo! According to SMART members, used clothing sales often flow into rivers and sewers. Using recycledcreate jobs and affordable apparel in many lesser textiles promotes clean water & conservation.developed countries. Many people in these countriescannot afford locally made new clothing. Many peoplein these countries earn their livelihood by selling used Are reclaimed wipers safer forclothing. New clothing businesses in developing workers and companies?countries can make more money producing clothing for Yes! Laundered cotton shop towels routinely containexport to wealthier countries in Europe and North dangerous levels of lead, cadmium, antimony, solventsAmerica than selling them locally. and oil; reclaimed wipers require no washing like laundered rags, which expose workers while usingAre reclaimed wipers (recycled rags) excess water and energy to clean. Reclaimed wipersthe better, “greener” choice? contain no residual solvents, foreign objects or embed- ded contaminants such as metal shavings which canYes! Worldwide, there is a big push for companies to injure workers and damage equipment.promote “green” products. Many people are surprisedto learn that reclaimed wipers are actually better for the * Reclaimed – to recover (substances) in a pure or usable form from refuse, discarded articles, etc. | 2105 Laurel Bush Rd., Suite 200 | Bel Air, MD 21015 | tel: 443-640-1050 | fax: 443-640-1086 | www.smartasn.org
  6. 6. SMART leadershipLarry Groipen, Jackie KingSMART President SMART Executive DirectorERC Wiping Products, Inc. SMART 2105 Laurel Bush Rd, Suite 20019 Bennett St., Lynn, MA 01905-3001 Bel Air, MD 21015 jackie@ksgroup.orglarry@ercwipe.com Tel: 800.225.9473 (WIPE) Tel: 443.640.1050 x 105 Fax: 443.640.1086 SMART President Larry Groipen has served on the Jackie King serves as SMART’s Executive DirectorSMART board for six years. His vision is to change peo- and acts as the chief staff liaison to the SMART board ofples’ perception of recycling by having textiles viewed as directors. She is responsible for the administration anda normal part of every household’s recycling program. implementation of SMART board policies and initiatives.Every week, millions of people recycle glass, paper and Ms. King has worked in association management formetal, but textiles are left out of the mix. As president nine years, encompassing advancing roles in projectof SMART, Larry would like to make sure that textiles and program management, strategic planning andbecome part of the overall recycling stream by educating implementation, administrative management, budget-consumers on the importance of textile recycling. ing and financial management, meeting and event Larry Groipen is sole owner of ERC Wiping Prod- management, and communications on behalf of clientucts, Inc., a recycling company for over 90 years. ERC organizations. She is a graduate of the University ofsorts, grades, and processes recycled textiles such as Maryland and the University of Baltimore Law Schoolcommercial linen, towels, and pre-consumer textiles, and and a member of the Maryland Bar. She is the primarythen converts the materials into wiping cloths. ERC has spokesperson for the association.been a member of SMART since 1956. Kaymie Thompson Owen, CMPLou Buty SMART Associate DirectorSMART Vice President SMART 2105 Laurel Bush Rd, Suite 200American Textile & Supply, Inc. Bel Air, MD 21015 Kaymie@ksgroup.org3439 Regatta Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804-1856 Tel: 443.640.1050 x 112 Fax: 443.640.1086loubuty@americantex.com Tel: 510.236.7424 Kaymie Thompson Owen, CMP serves as SMART’s , Louis Buty is the Vice-President of SMART. He has Associate Director managing all aspects of SMART’sbeen an active member of SMART since 1995 and has meeting and event planning, promotion of events andserved on the board of directors for three years. on-site logistics. She is the main point of contact for Lou has been involved in the reclaimed textile indus- members and implements initiatives set forth by thetry for more than 30 years. He has been involved in al- convention, membership, public relations and websitemost every aspect of the industry and has instituted and committees. A well-versed association practitioner,promoted many programs, products and services. His Owen has experience in all aspects of event planningexperience, expertise and commitment to the industry and membership management. She has 17 years ofwill help promote the goal of making reducing, reclaim- experience organizing educational seminars, charitying and re-using textiles a mainstream of the recycling events, trade shows, conferences and meetings withinmovement. the US as well as internationally. She is a Certified Meet- Lou is the president and CEO of American Textile & ing Professional (CMP) and a graduate of Ball StateSupply, Inc. in Richmond, CA, a grader and wiper sup- University.plier since 1971. He is also president and CEO of Peer-less Materials Company (formerly Peerless Wiping ClothCo.) in Los Angeles, CA. | 2105 Laurel Bush Rd., Suite 200 | Bel Air, MD 21015 | tel: 443-640-1050 | fax: 443-640-1086 | www.smartasn.org
  7. 7.       2105 Laurel Bush Rd., Ste. 200 Bel Air, MD 21015 tel: 443.640.1050 fax: 443.640.1086 SMART@KSGroup.org www.smartasn.org