The United States has a long, harrowing tale to tell when it comes to textile waste. Sometime in the early 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found nearly 5 million tons worth of waste in our landfills.
As alarming as the figure seemed at the time, the numbers only soared. In 2014, the EPA found over 32 million tons of textile waste from across the country. This included everything from perfectly reusable clothing, bed sheets, table cloths, towels, footwear, etc.
According to the EPA, nearly 15 million tons of textile waste ends up in our landfills every year. While 95 percent of this waste has the potential to be recycled, only 15 percent of it is actually recycled.
At Whitehouse & Schapiro, we believe that recycling is the need of the hour. This is why we’re dedicated to our lifecycle recycling program.
Simple recycling is all about putting a product back into the manufacturing stage of its lifecycle, allowing it to be converted to a new product. However, lifecycle recycling, as the name suggests takes the entire lifecycle of the product into consideration. This includes the environmental impact of extracting related natural resources to the processing, distribution, its usage, recycling, reuse and waste disposal.
The main aim of lifecycle recycling is to divert waste from landfills and prolong a products life by making it into usable items. The benefit is that it reduces the extraction of virgin natural resource materials for manufacturing processes.
Whitehouse & Schapiro has a comprehensive recycling policy that is applicable to all parts of its operation and production processes. We collect used clothes, secondhand shoes and rags and export them to various regions in over 50 developing nations—where those who struggle to acquire even the most basic modes of living, gain easy access to them.
We try to increase the usability of waste fabrics and textile remnant by recycling them into green products. We’re proud to claim that our company has a 93 percent recycle rate.
Thanks to our extensive global networks, we’re able to send textile products into global markets where there’s most demand for them. For example:
Whitehouse & Schapiro collaborates with grading companies to help sort used clothing and secondhand textile pieces according to quality, price and worldwide demand.
Clothes that can’t be worn are recycled into cleaning materials, padding, insulation, etc. Green companies like us are able to prevent over 2.5 billion pounds or 12.5 million tons of textile waste from ending up in our landfills each year.