Textile recycling is for both, environmental and economic benefits. It avoids many polluting and energy intensive processes that are used to make textiles from fresh materials.
- Job Creation in sub continent.
- Recycled Products are fashionable and in high demand and most multinationals have included re-cycling initiatives in their annual and CSR budgets.
- Pressure on fresh resources too is reduced.
- As fibers get locally available, they don’t have to be transported from abroad thus reducing pollution and saving energy.
- Lesser energy is consumed while processing, as items don’t need to be re-dyed or scoured.
- Waste water reduces as it does not have to be thoroughly washed with large volumes of water.
- Demand is reduced for textile chemicals like dyes and fixing agents.
Textile recovery facilities sort out the overly worn or stained clothing into various categories, some textiles become wiping cloths and polishing cloths.
Cotton can be used for making rags or form a component for new high-quality paper.
Knitted or woven woolens etc. are “pulled” into the state of fiber for reuse by the textile industry in low- grade applications, such as for car insulation or seat stuffing.
Other kinds of fabric are reprocessed into fibers for upholstery, insulation, and even building materials.
Buttons and zippers are taken off for reuse, very little is leftover at the end of the recycling process.
As far as post industrial waste is concerned, all collected textiles are sorted and graded by highly skilled and experienced workers, who are able to recognize the large variety of fiber.
Modern innovations make it possible to RECLAIM fibers from Old Cloth by shredding same and this shredded material, is used to produce yarn, and finally woven into fabrics, blankets, felt etc at cheap affordable rates.
Some recovered items are even reused by fashion designers for making garments and bags.