Textile Recycling - Part of our 'Buy to Supply' Programme
Having been at the forefront of the recycling industry, we have for some years realised the importance of extending the life of everyday items including clothing, shoes and other textiles.
The term 'textile recycling' is all too often misunderstood and is something of a misnomer as the merchandise is not recycled into something else, but actually reused in its original form. As this is the first rule of our Waste Management Principles, we are very keen to encourage as many organisations as possible to expand this area of business.
In conjunction with regional collection centres, charity shops and schools, we are spreading the word about the importance of taking care when sorting out your discarded textiles; they need to be clean, dry and reusable.
What does the word 'textile' cover?
- Bags & belts
- Bed linen
How can you help?
- Ensure clothes are clean - they don't need ironing but they do need to be clean.
- Don't put bags of textiles out in the rain or damp - wait for a dry day or take them directly to site.
- Tie bags at top to secure contents and prevent dirt ingress.
- Keep shoes in pairs - either tie shoelaces together or put pairs in individual bag.
What do M & J Bowers do?
- We organise collection points; this is particularly useful for schools to generate extra funds.
- We buy excess/unsold stock from charity shops; this helps keep valuable storage space clear.
- We send large quantities of clothing and other textiles to developing countries who benefit from our Programme.
- We collect between 45 and 50 tonnes of textiles per week that might otherwise end up in landfill.
Would your school, club or group like to raise money for its own projects?
M & J Bowers can help them recycle textiles and raise funds for school, club or group projects.
M & J Bowers are members of the Textile Recycling Association
Textile Recycling = Bags of Rags - Right? Wrong!
Textile Recycling = Clothes, Shoes, Belts, Bags, Bedding, Curtains & Towels