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2018

Giving Thanks to You & Our SMART Members

Giving Thanks to You & Our SMART Members

November 19, 2018

November is a time of giving thanks and being grateful for everything we’ve been afforded in life. When I think about this quote from Mr. Stone, I think about the work of our members, for-profit companies who collect and reuse, recycle or repurpose textiles (any materials made out of interlacing fibers), and the work of everyday people who are committed to reducing our globe’s textile waste consumption habits.

Save Money (& the environment!) with Second-hand Costumes this Halloween

Save Money (& the environment!) with Second-hand Costumes this Halloween

October 22, 2018

Boo! It’s the time of year where we can step out of our comfort zones and transform ourselves into something we’re not or have always wanted to be – at least for a day. From dressing up as our favorite pop-culture icons to ghoulish ghosts and characters from our favorite novels and movies, Halloween is a fabulous time to celebrate our creativity but, perhaps more importantly, how we choose to think about our textile consumption habits.

Think SMART on World Clean Up Day!

Think SMART on World Clean Up Day!

September 17, 2018

Did you know that September 15 is recognized as World Clean Up Day? While this global day of action is largely focused on ridding our planet of trash by cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests and streets, SMART also encourages you and your family to be mindful of your household textiles – any goods made of interlacing fibers

Make your School SMARTer

Make your School SMARTer

August 27, 2018

Over the past few months we’ve been discussing how consumers can make textile-friendly decisions to make a difference for our environment. But, with the 2018-2019 school year right around the corner, there’s an opportunity for schools to make a difference, too! While many school systems already teach their students about the importance of recycling aluminum, glass and paper goods, it’s also imperative to teach them about the importance of recycling textiles.

Back to school the THRIFTY way!

Back to school the THRIFTY way!

July 23, 2018

Right now, everyone’s mind is set on summer fun – from family vacations and barbecues in the backyard, to boating and laying out by the pool, I hope you have had the opportunity to take a step back from work and enjoy all the season has to offer! While it’s a time of well-deserved bliss for many, it’s also a time to start preparing for the upcoming school year and all that is necessary to set your child or grandchild up for success.

Beach Towels: Recycle the old before bringing in the new!

Beach Towels: Recycle the old before bringing in the new!

June 19, 2018

It’s that time of year again! The weather is warming up, and it’s time for summer fun. At the beach, that is! One of my favorite things to do over the summer months is to wake up early, pack the cooler and head out for a day of boating on the river and then over to our favorite beach  for a relaxing, fun-filled day  with my  family and friends.

Congrats, Grads!

Congrats, Grads!

May 31, 2018

There are many wonderful colleges and universities in close locale to SMART’s headquarters here in Maryland. And, with many colleges and universities, come many dorm rooms and apartments. As the 2018 graduates prepare for their next steps – moving back home with mom and dad or forging a path of their own – I think about all the textiles (any material made of interlacing fibers) – that are left behind or improperly disposed of.

How to Recycle Textiles

How to Recycle Textiles

April 19, 2018

Did you know the average U.S. citizen throws away 81 pounds of clothing each year? Out of this waste, 95 percent could have been recycled, yet only 15 percent actually gets donated or recycled. 

 

For the Love of Texitles

For the Love of Texitles

February 14, 2018

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I am reflecting on the passion for our planet I witness on a daily basis from SMART’s members and Board of Directors. When it comes to textile reuse and recycling, it takes more than a village – it necessitates a collective international effort, and I am proud to witness the positive impact being made by SMART members on the textile reuse and recycling industry.

 

2017

Recycling is Comin' to Town

Recycling is Comin' to Town

December 11, 2017

 

‘Tis the season for fun with family and friends, but also for STUFF. As I witness (and participate!) in the holiday shopping hustle, I am reminded of wise words from Henry David Thoreau. He said, “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
Thoreau’s insight rings particularly true as we often replace items at home this time of year. From kids wanting the next trend in toys to creating a warm and welcoming ambience for holiday guests, there are so many opportunities to recycle our old textiles!

 

Thankful for Textile Recycling

Thankful for Textile Recycling

November 20, 2017

SMART is thankful for all of the hard work members contribute to the textile recycling industry! SMART members keep approximately 1 billion pounds of textiles out of landfills each year through their collaborative efforts.

Our Members Operate SMARTer

Our Members Operate SMARTer

August 28, 2017

You may have heard of SMART’s work to promote textile recycling, but did you know we are an international trade association? Your company can join our diverse membership – our companies are located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries who are involved in every phase of our industry.

Drab to Fab with Drapes!

Drab to Fab with Drapes!

June 23, 2017

It’s been more than 40 years since The Carol Burnett Show parodied the classic film, Gone with the Wind, but for me, it’s always been one of my favorite textile recycling reminders.

 

2016

There's a New Recyclable in Town this Earth Day

There's a New Recyclable in Town this Earth Day

April 22, 2016

In the 46 years since the first Earth Day, Americans have accepted paper, plastic, aluminum and glass as every day recyclables—yet, the second largest recyclable is still underutilized: textiles.

Made with Love: Upcycled Valentine's Gifts

Made with Love: Upcycled Valentine's Gifts

February 14, 2016

For hundreds of years, people have celebrated February 14th in the name of love by sending cards, chocolates, flowers and more. Each year, Americans spend more and more on elaborate gifts, which hurts not only our wallets, but our environment too.