Since 1932, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) has served as the premiere source of networking, education and advocacy for promoting the interdependence of the for-profile textile reuse and recycling industry. While COVID-19 has affected the way we interact and share information with our members, that did not stop us from having an extremely successful Annual Convention (virtually) in 2021!
Over the next few weeks, we look forward to sharing with you the “lessons learned” from our Convention’s speakers – all of whom are experts in their field. First up, we were delighted to hear from Adam Minter, a Bloomberg Opinion Columnist and author of Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade as well as Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale – both critically-acclaimed works that offer readers an inside look at the world of reuse and recycling.
With passion, a little bit of humor, and a number of enlightening Star Wars references, Adam’s presentation, “Secondhand Travels: A Journey into a New World of Re-Use and Repair” was incredibly informative for our Convention participants and left them wanting more – which Adam was happy to give them through a 20 minute Q&A session following his presentation!
Looking back on the session, here are our lessons learned from Mr. Minter as we journeyed into the concept of reuse and repair:
While there is plenty more to share regarding Adam’s presentation, consider this blog a teaser of the wealth of knowledge he has to share. We encourage you to follow him on Twitter, or order a copy of one of his books. In the meantime, remember: when it comes to used textiles, DONATE, RECYCLE, DON’T THROW AWAY! Not sure why? Review SMART’s frequently asked questions page.