Welcome to SMART!
The Association of Wiping Materials, Used Clothing
and Fiber Industries Since 1932
As an international trade association, SMART strengthens the economic opportunities of our diverse membership by promoting the interdependence of our industry segments and providing a common forum for networking, education and trade. More about us
- 3/31/15 — Association's Elementary Education Program Reaches 1 Million Students Nationwide
The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the international trade association for the for-profit used clothing recycling industry, reports it has reached more than 1 million students through its elementary education program. Developed in partnership with The Education Center, the no-cost curricula provides grade-appropriate resources for elementary teachers on the benefits of recycling used clothing and household textiles. Since the program's launch in October 2012, 20,257 teachers nationwide have engaged in the program, with more than 21,000 resource downloads reaching 1,093,878 students. Click here for the full press release.
- 2/23/15 — SMART featured in the eCycle Best Blog
eCycle Best is a team of writers passionate about technology and the environment. They aim to bring together recycling advocates, green influencers and industry experts by providing a venue where "green" stuff can be proactively discussed and shared.
Textile Recycling Problems Need a SMART Solution — Our featured recycling organization this week has been around since 1932. The association runs companies not only in the United States, but also in Canada, Mexico, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries. It is the leading industry voice promoting high standards and best practices for reducing solid waste by recycling textiles and related secondary materials. Get to know SMART — Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association! Click here for the full blog.
- 12/16/14 — Registration for the SMART 2015 Annual Convention is NOW OPEN!
SMART members can now register and book hotel rooms for the Annual Convention. The SMART Annual Convention will be March 15-17, 2015 at the Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, California. BRAND NEW this year we will have a closing reception and DINNER off-site at Markham Vineyards. Click here for more information.
- 11/7/14 — SMARTHALLOWEEN Costume Contest Winners
During the month of October, SMART hosted its First Annual Upcycled Halloween costume contest. The contest was promoted on Facebook with the hashtag #SMARTHALLOWEEN. The rules stated that the costumes had to be created using at least 70 percent recycled material and must have been taken during the 2014 Halloween season. Click here to view the winning costumes.
- 10/22/14 — SMART LAUNCHES FIRST ANNUAL UPCYCLED HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
In celebration of Halloween, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the international trade association of the for-profit used clothing recycling industry, announces its first annual SMART Upcycled Halloween Costume Contest. Do-it-yourselfers and costume amateurs are invited to enter their homemade, upcycled Halloween costume for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Click here for the full press release.
- 9/30/2014 — SMART and CTR both to Support State-wide effort in New York to Promote Clothing Recycling
The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) and its sister organization, the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) have both agreed to sponsor an educational campaign being presented by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3). The Boards of Directors of both SMART and CTR voted in favor of providing financial and public relations support for the November campaign that will launch in conjunction with America Recycles Day on November 15. Click here for the full press release.
- 8/28/2014 — Used clothing/textile recycling kick-off event collects nearly 6,000 pounds from Rhode Island residents
The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) says it collected nearly 6,000 pounds of used clothing and household textiles at its recent kick-off event for its new household textile and used clothing educational campaign. The RIRRC, in partnership with all clothing collection companies in the state and the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) wants the Rhode Islanders to place their used clothing in collection bins found throughout the state. Click here for the full press release.
- 7/22/2014 — "Mission Possible: What is Smart? Who is SMART?"
SMART's message received high praise from Dr. Tonya Huber in a column she wrote in the Ruidoso (NM) News. Dr. Huber summarizes several recent SMART news releases as she offers her "kudos" for SMART and its mission to promote the recycling of used clothing. Click here to read the article.
- 7/21/14 — EPA COMPLETES LONG-AWAITED "WIPER RULE": RULE COULD SPELL OPPORTUNITY FOR WIPES, RAGS
Well, it took nearly thirty years, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally published its long-awaited, final solvent-contaminated wipes rule (a.k.a. "wiper rule"), thereby better leveling the regulatory playing field between non-laundered wipes and rags and laundered shop towels. As many know, SMART and its members were a driving force throughout the decades. Now that it has been completed once and for all, many are wondering what the regulation says and what it means for our industry. Click here for the full summary.
SMART is pleased to announce the availability of a "Wiper Rule Toolkit," a members-only package of materials designed to help companies learn the ins and outs of this highly-anticipated rule-making and take advantage of its benefits.
This new toolkit can be found in the Members Only section of the website.
You MUST be logged in to view this page. Members Click here to view the Wiper Rule Toolkit.
** UPDATE 7/31/14 — The Wiper Rule State Implementation Spreadsheet has been updated with additional states who have adopted the wiper rule.
- 7/18/2014 — Where Does Discarded Clothing Go?
Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year. Can for-profit recycling companies turn those rags into riches? — SMART's Executive Director and SMART member USAgain were recently interviewed for this informative article about educating the public on textile recycling. Click here to read the article.
- 6/2/2014 — First-ever Joint Meeting on International Used Clothing Industry Held in Miami: Three leading international recycling organizations gathered in Miami, Florida for the first-ever international conference on the used clothing recycling industry. Nearly 100 members of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the Bureau of International Recycling's Textiles Division (BIR), and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) held the first International Textile Recycling Summit (ITRS) on Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami. Conference attendees discussed industry trends, concerns, and emerging markets. Click here for the full press release.
- 5/20/2014 — SMART Association's Elementary Education Program Connects with Students and Teachers: An academic program developed by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is yielding positive results among the elementary school teachers who utilized its no-cost lesson plans. The lesson plans focus on the benefits of recycling used clothing, while meeting standardized educational practices. As the international trade association of the for-profit used clothing recycling industry, SMART's goal is to educate the public about the benefits of recycling all used clothing and household textiles. Click here for the full press release.
- 2/20/14 — For the first time, the Bureau of International Recycling's (BIR) Textiles Division, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) will co-organize an International Textile Recycling Summit on Monday, June 2, 2014 in conjunction with the Bureau of International Recycling‘s World Recycling Convention at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida.
The International Textile Recycling Summit (ITRS) is the first-ever event where all of the major stakeholders in the international textile recycling industry will gather to discuss industry trends, concerns, and emerging markets. The tentative agenda includes educational programs from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm followed by a networking reception. All members of BIR, SMART and CTR are invited to attend this program. Click here for the full press release.
- 2/1/2014 — SMART's Free Lesson Plans for Students
The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) has announced the launch of its Recycling Rangers program for elementary school teachers. The goal of this year's educational program is to heighten student, teacher and family awareness of clothing and textile recycling by engaging more than 2,500 teachers in grades K–5 in its Recycling Rangers program. In addition to free lesson plans for their classrooms, teachers are also encouraged to promote recycling by organizing textile recycling drives at their schools. Click here for the full article.
- 1/20/2014 — Bins Found in Elizabethtown Raise Questions
Over the past year, a number of large white, green or blue bins have taken up residence in Elizabethtown parking lots. A textile recycling bin located in the former E.W. James' parking lot in Elizabethtown is operated by Ohio Mills and benefits Special Olympics Kentucky. Some are part of an estimated $1 billion textile recycling industry, according to Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles. In some cases, proceeds from the donated items benefit charities but that's not always the situation. Click here for the full article.