Council for Textile Recycling
The Council for Textile Recycling is an independent 501C-3 non-profit with the primary purpose of increasing the public awareness of diverting Post Consumer Textile Waste (PCTW) from the nation’s landfills and incinerators. The Council for Textile Recycling is best described as the nation’s only all-encompassing advocacy organization promoting textile recycling that includes consumers, textile and clothing manufacturers, retailers, charitable organizations, academicians, state and local governmental organizations and textile recyclers.
The Council for Textile Recycling was founded in 1992 as an independent organization by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART). As a professional trade association, SMART felt there was a need for an organization whose sole purpose was to promote clothing and textile recycling to the general public.
The Council for Textile Recycling is committed to educating the public on the benefits of clothing and textile recycling and the impact diverting these materials will have on the nation’s landfills. Priorities of the Council include:
- Promoting the Council’s goal of zero clothing and textiles going into landfills by 2037;
- To introduce the concept of zero clothing waste to local and state governments;
- To promote interaction among those involved in all aspects of clothing including consumers, manufacturers, retailers, municipalities, and recyclers;
- Develop a resource library of clothing and textile recycling information.