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Mixed Rags and Their Importance in the Global Circular Economy


mixed rags or mixed institutional rags in bulk clothing

If you’ve traveled to developing countries or off-the-beaten-path destinations, or you’ve seen some of these places on the news or in documentaries, you may have noticed that a good percentage of the population is wearing clothing that looks like it could have been purchased at a suburban mall some years ago. That’s no coincidence. Chances … Continue reading Mixed Rags and Their Importance in the Global Circular Economy

When It Doesn’t Spark Joy, Even for Charities or Thrift Stores


thrift store selling used goods

Does it spark joy? That is the question of the moment, as set forth by de-cluttering guru Marie Kondo. The “KonMari” phenomenon has swept a wide swatch of Netflix audiences across the world, thanks to her recent series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” As we discussed in a February blog post on this site, thrift … Continue reading When It Doesn’t Spark Joy, Even for Charities or Thrift Stores

Helene Carter, New Elected Member of the Board of Directors of SMART


We are happy to announce the election of Helene Carter to the Board of Directors of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART). The election took place on Monday, March 4, 2019 during the SMART Annual Meeting. Helene will serve a two-year term on the Board. Congratulations Helene Carter! About Helene Carter As co-founder … Continue reading Helene Carter, New Elected Member of the Board of Directors of SMART

Rag News: March 2019


Denim Upcycle The term “upcycle” is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the reuse of discarded items or materials in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original”. It was used for first time in the 1990s as a blend of up- and recycle. LABEL is an … Continue reading Rag News: March 2019

Increasing Used Clothing Collection through Participating Return-It Depots


What happens when the leader in the wholesale used goods industry in Canada joins forces with the largest recycling depot network in British Columbia? The answer is a convenient textile recycling program in one of the largest cities in Canada. Bank & Vogue, a Canadian based company with a global footprint, has a commitment to … Continue reading Increasing Used Clothing Collection through Participating Return-It Depots

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