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SMART issues reminder on importance of reusing and recycling textiles for America Recycles Day

SMART issues reminder on importance of reusing and recycling textiles for America Recycles Day

For this year's National America Recycles Day on November 15, don't forget about the importance of reusing and recycling textiles. According to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), a global organization of companies involved in the reuse and recycling of textiles and related secondary materials, the average U.S. citizen throws away 81 pounds of clothing each year. Why does this matter? Ninety-five percent of textiles, even if they are worn out or torn, can be recycled - yet only 15 percent get donated/recycled, with 85 percent of used textiles ending up in landfills.

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Fibematics is ahead of the curve on nonwovens

Baled nonwoven material ready for repurposing.

A s a niche market in the textile recycling industry, nonwovens quietly continue to keep hundreds of millions of pounds of materials out of landfills. One company has grown over the past five decades to become one of the largest in the industry in purchasing nonwoven "seconds" from major U.S. mills. Established in 1968, Fibematics Inc. began manufacturing Scrim Reinforced Material (SRM) and converting nonwoven wiping products in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has since expanded its business to include wiping product conversion in southern California. The company is celebrating its fifty-year anniversary in 2018.

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​Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association debunks textile waste dilemma

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The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART) Association is celebrating Global Recycling Day on March 18, organized by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), by providing education and clarification on textile reuse and recycling. The day challenges consumers to make at least one change to their recycling habits, and SMART encourages the public not to forget about textile waste.

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Celebrating America Recycles Day with "Smart"er recycling: encouraging the donation and recycling of old textiles

Celebrating America Recycles Day with

For this year's 20th National America Recycles Day on November 15, SMART is reminding North Americans not to forget about the importance of reusing and recycling textiles. According to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), a global organization of companies involved in the reuse and recycling of textiles and related secondary materials, almost any textile can be reused and recycled: old clothing, bath towels, bed sheets, stuffed animals, curtains, purses and even bras! 

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SMART educates consumers on recyclable textiles on Earth Day and year-round.

SMART educates consumers on recyclable textiles on Earth Day and year-round.

This Earth Day (April 22), think before you throw out that sock that lost its mate: that single sock, along with shoes, handbags, belts, stuffed animals and much more can all serve a much higher purpose than adding to the local landfill pile. According to Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) Executive Director Jackie King, more than 95 percent of all textiles can be recycled or reused in some way—and that’s very good for our planet.

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​SMART strongly encourages giving the gift of textile recycling this holiday season

Collecting used textiles. Well over 15 million tons of used clothing and textiles end up in North American landfills each year in North America, yet more than 95 percent of all textiles can be recycled or reused in some way.

Many households and businesses across North America will likely be in the midst of a last minute dash to de-clutter before the holidays and end of the year. But outgrown, stained or unwanted clothes and other textiles should not just be thrown in the trash. According to Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) Executive Director Jackie King, more than 95 percent of all textiles can be recycled or reused in some way. While nearly half are reused as apparel, another 30 percent become wiping rags or polishing cloths used in commercial and industrial settings, with the remainder reprocessed into fibers and remanufactured as furniture stuffing, upholstery, home insulation, automobile sound-proofing, carpet padding, building materials and more.

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Recycled Textile Associations unite to combat media misconceptions

Recycled Textile Associations unite to combat media misconceptions

On the heels of recent news coverage in both Newsweek (September 9) and the Huffington Post (September 19 and September 28) that cast the secondhand clothing industry in a less than favourable light, trade associations in both the U.S. and the U.K. issued a response, October 27, to clarify the negative coverage presented while reinforcing the worldwide value of the recycled textile movement.

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SMART supports New York clothing collection bin legislation

SMART supports New York clothing collection bin legislation

New York State Bill A.5317 sponsored by Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside) and supported by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Dec. 14, 2015. The legislation combats the proliferation of clothing collection bins provided by fake charities in New York by imposing stricter regulations on the placement, maintenance and transparency of collection bins across the state.

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Top Three textiles recycling industry organizations to meet in June

For the first time, the Bureau of International Recycling’s (BIR) Textiles Division, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) will co-organize an International Textile Recycling Summit on Monday, June 2, 2014 in conjunction with the Bureau of International Recycling‘s  World Recycling Convention at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida.   

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