- 8/31/16 —SMART Testifies on Humanitarian and Economic Impacts of Secondhand Clothing Ban Underway in East Africa Community
Violations of African Growth and Opportunity Acts Spark Potential Benefits Eligibility Review
Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) Executive Director Jackie King encouraged U.S. officials to review closely whether members of the East African Community (EAC) should continue to be eligible for special trade benefits in light of an impending import ban on her industry’s products there. Click here for the full press release.
- 5/11/16 —SMART's Executive Director, Jackie King was featured today on national radio, NPR's Morning Edition
Click here to listen to the interview.
The interview was also featured by WSKG news in New York. Click here for more.
- 12/2/15 —Registration is now open for the SMART 2016 Annual Convention
The SMART 2016 Annual Convention will provide you with full servings of your favorite meeting entrees including organic networking, hand-picked speakers, heirloom experiences and hand-crafted educational sessions you won't want to miss. Mark your calendars for February 20-23, 2016 and make your reservations now at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida. Click here for more information
- 11/6/15 —Congratulations to this year's winner of the Upcycled Halloween Costume Contest — Natalie Keyes Adams and her son, dressed as Thor!
His pants and shirt are his own that he has outgrown. His "armor" is made from an old yoga mat and his cape and arm bands are from old drapes. His hammer is an old cardboard box and a wrapping paper tube covered in yoga mat material and leftover fabric from an old project. I only had to purchase silver glue and a hot glue gun! Thank you to all who entered and your commitment to keeping textile waste out of our landfills. Click here to see the winning photo.
- 9/29/15 —Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association Launches Second Annual Halloween Costume Contest
ABINGDON, Md. (Sept. 29, 2015)—In celebration of Halloween, Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the international trade association of the for-profit textile recycling industry, will launch the second annual SMART Upcycled Halloween Costume Contest on Oct. 1.
Do-it-yourselfers and costume amateurs are invited to enter their homemade, upcycled Halloween costume for a chance to win a $100 first prize Amazon gift card. Second and third prize winners will receive a $50 and $25 Amazon gift card, respectively.
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Click here for contest rules.
- 8/4/15 —Registration is now open for the SMART Fall Regional Meeting!
Looking for a great way to network with your fellow SMART members? The SMART Fall Regional Meeting is an opportunity to get together with other SMART members for the sole purpose of networking. Are you considering joining SMART? The SMART Fall Regional Meeting is a way for prospective members to meet SMART members and to learn more about the association before joining. Click here for more information.
- 7/23/15 —Levi's now accepts used clothing and shoes for recycling at all US stores and outlets
Americans send about 24 billion pounds of unwanted clothing, shoes, and other textiles to landfills each year, which is simply a staggering amount of waste, considering that an estimated 95% of those textiles could be recycled, if only there were simple, easy, and widespread ways for consumers to do so. As part of its sustainability initiatives, the iconic denim brand Levi Strauss & Co. is taking a step toward reducing this massive stream of potentially recyclable waste by offering customers a pathway to recycling clothing (and shoes), and even offering a financial incentive for doing so. Click here for the full article.
- 7/16/15 —Textile Recycling News - "Deakin University: Process Takes Textile Recycling to New Level"
Victoria, Australia - Researchers at Deakin University have found a way to separate blends of cotton-polyester material, providing a major breakthrough for recycling textile and other waste. Click here for the full article.
- 6/30/15 —Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Member Sets the Standard for Sorting Recycled Clothing
ABINGDON, Md. (June 30, 2015)-Textile Recycler, a member of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the international trade association of the for-profit used clothing reuse and recycling industry, diverts more than half a million pounds of clothing and 10,000 pounds of shoes each week from landfills with the use of automatic sorting systems. According to Jackie King, executive director for SMART, for more than 400 years, the used clothing and textile recycling industry has relied heavily on manual sorting and grading processes and has seen little to no technological advances since its inception. In 2009, Textile Recycler installed a patented auto grading system from Smart Innovations to eliminate the manual sorting of recycled clothing, increasing efficiency and productivity, and reducing labor costs. In 2014, Textile Recycler installed an automated shoe sorting system and is the only textile recycling company in the world to use one. Click here for the full press release.
- 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.
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