Various charities and thrift stores rely on us to purchase leftover donations of secondhand clothing, shoes, belts, purses and toys to supplement revenue for their community based programs. We count on them to supply us with secondhand clothing that we, in turn, export to whatever global market needs it most.
Bought in bales or in bulk, excess thrift inventory is big business for us and our thrift partners. Unlike others, we take whatever inventory the thrift operation has to sell in order to maintain good relations and longstanding partnerships.
Once acquired, we sort and grade the used clothing based on condition. Once sorted, the used clothing is recycled in one of the following ways:
60% is reused as apparel. This apparel is exported to developing countries where the demand for secondhand clothing is high due to the lack of local clothing manufacturers or high priced new clothing.
38% become wipers or fiber. Some recovered textiles are cut into wiping rags
or polishing cloths that are then used in commercial and industrial settings. The remaining material is reprocessed into basic fiber content. This fiber is then used to create furniture stuffing, upholstery, home insulation, automobile sound-proofing, carpet padding, building materials and various other products.
2% of the material collected is unusable. This material may be contaminated with mold or solvents and is disposed of properly.