Washington – Recycling textiles is a $1.2 billion industry in the United States, according to the 2019 Recycling Industry Yearbook.
Released this week by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc., the organization of 1,300 member companies reported that each year U.S. textile recyclers process billions of pounds of cotton, wool, synthetics and blended fabrics, and exported about $715 million in used textiles and clothing in 2018.
Home furnishings manufacturers and textile mills are counted among the sources for these scrap materials along with apparel makers and consumers. The report noted about 45% of recycled textiles are sold as secondhand clothing, mostly for exportation to developing countries, while 30 percent it turned into polishing and wiping cloths.
Another 20% is transformed into fiber that is used as raw material by the home furnishings, furniture, mattress, automotive, paper and other industries.
Textiles is among the smaller of the recycling industries in terms of economic impact, with categories such as paper/fiber ($34 billion), plastics ($6 billion) and electronics ($5.45 billion) ahead of it.
Published On : 20-02-2020
Source : Home Textiles Today