TRAVELS OF A T-SHIRT IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY
The markets, power, and politics of World international trade can be a difficult topic to discuss in the abstract, but when it is focused on a single product that makes its way around the world over the course of its usefulness, the unwieldy issue of globalization is made vividly clear.Learn More
RECYCLING IS WHAT OUR TEXTILE REMNANTS, SECONDHAND CLOTHING, AND WIPERS BUSINESS IS ALL ABOUT
We’re as green as green can be. By maximizing the usability of cast-off garments and textiles, our industry boasts a 93% recycling rate. All without producing hazardous waste or harmful products.
We do it by matching garments and textiles to world markets.
- Vintage goes to Japan.
- Winter clothing goes to Eastern Europe and Chile.
- Cotton sweaters go to Pakistan.
- T-shirts, baby clothes and shoes go to Africa.
The sorting and grading of used clothing and textile remnants is key to recycling items to markets where they do the most good.
WHAT HAPPENS TO TEXTILES THAT CAN’T BE WORN?
Used clothing that isn’t wearable is recycled into wiping cloths for cleaning factories and offices. Other non-wearable fabrics are shredded into shoddy for use as carpet padding and insulation. Finally, garnetted fabric is woven into yarn, which is used for new products.
Companies like ours prevent more than 2.5 billion lbs. of post-consumer textile waste from going to landfills every year.
We support our industry’s ecological and sustainability efforts. We are proud to be a member of industry organizations that uphold these ideals.