Tue July 9, 2013
USAgain’s Chicago headquarters was pleased to host Jackie King, Executive Director of Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART), for a visit and tour of facilities. SMART has been a leading association in the world of wiping materials, used clothing and fiber reclamation since 1932. USAgain became a SMART member earlier this year.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of SMART,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “’We look forward to working with them to promote the secondhand clothing industry and increase business opportunities for ourselves and others in the industry.”
Like many SMART member-organizations, USAgain seeks increased opportunity to collect textiles for reuse and recycling. Increased opportunities for textile recycling will lead to waste diversion and new jobs in the green sector, the part of the economy comprised of eco-centric businesses. Growing the green sector must be done through increased awareness and ethical business practices.
"I really enjoyed meeting with the USAgain team at their facilities in Illinois," said King. "I look forward to working with them as SMART members to help raise awareness about textile recycling and promote the best practices in the industry."
The secondary textiles industry is estimated by SMART to be worth nearly $1 billion worldwide, but considering that only 15% of textiles are currently diverted from the waste stream, there is room to grow and do good for people and planet in the process.
From left to right: Carlo Cavallaro, Mattias Wallander, Jackie King (Exec. Director, SMART), Rasham Grewal