Reasons to Recycle Textiles

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Many households and businesses recycle their food containers, such as aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles, and cardboard. In fact, many people have been doing this for so long that it’s ingrained in them, and they don’t even have to think about it. However, other items that we use either on a daily basis or a semi-regular basis, can be recycled as well. One of these items is textile products. Textiles, simply put, are cloth materials, such as what your clothes are made out of, or any other artificial fabrics, such as vinyl. While we don’t recycle clothes per se, we do recondition and repurpose other textile products that businesses use such as work gloves, personal protective equipment, aramid fabrics, and shop towels. Rather than throw these fabrics away when worn out or used, you can recycle them here with us.

Brent Industries offers reconditioning services, as well as green waste recycling services, including recycling textile fabrics. From recycling aramid that is used in ballistics and heavy-duty work gloves to reconditioning gloves and shop towels, we do our part to help ensure a safe and healthy planet. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the reasons to recycle textiles, and contact us to learn more!


Decreases the Use of Source Materials

If you think about what you own and use, it has to come from somewhere. While humans make a good deal of the items we use day-in and day-out, like our shoes and our clothing for example, all of this has to come from materials as well. These materials (known as raw materials or source materials) are taken from the earth in some capacity, whether it’s trees for paper or cotton from cotton plants. When you recycle your textiles, you are saving these source materials for future generations.

Decreases the Use of Fossil Fuels

Most of us know that fossil fuels are materials made deep in the earth from the decomposition of living things, such as dead animals and plants. These take millions of years to form, and thus, are considered non-renewable. The most used fossil fuels are oil, coal, and natural gas. In the manufacturing process, it takes a lot of energy to produce textiles to power all of the machinery in the process. When we’re talking about plants, it also takes a lot of water to ensure they grow and produce as well. By recycling textiles, you will be saving fossil fuels for the next generation.

Saves You Money

As you can imagine, when you are constantly sourcing new materials and manufacturing them from scratch, this is a long process that takes time and money, both of which, as a business, are costly. When you use recycled textiles in your new textile products, you will be cutting many steps in the manufacturing process, thereby saving you money from the cost of the raw materials and the time it takes to produce the goods. Also, when you recondition textiles completely with Brent Industries in our waste cloth recycling plant, you’ll save even more money since there are no new materials involved.

Saves Landfill Space

Most of us put our trash out once a week, and the trash company comes by, collects it, and whisks it away, never to be seen again. With our “out of sight, out of mind” mindset we often don’t think about what happens to the items we throw out. Almost everything we put in the trash for the trash company ends up in landfills. Landfills are huge holes in the earth where trash is buried and repeatedly added onto. When these fill up, new holes have to be dug and the process repeated. Eventually, land becomes a premium, and it can be hard to find the space needed for a new landfill. When you recycle your textiles, you are saving those items from being added on to the pile.

Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By recycling textiles, you reduce greenhouse gases in two main ways. The first is by using less fossil fuels to make new textiles. Fossil fuels are made from carbon, and when burned, they release this as carbon dioxide, which can trap heat in our atmosphere. They also release sulfur and nitrogen, which can harm the environment. Textiles made from natural fibers, such as cotton, normally are biodegradable. However, in a landfill environment, the fabrics cannot get the oxygen they need to degrade. This means that instead microorganisms break down the organic compounds in anaerobic digestion, which produces an abundance of methane gas. Too much methane gas can harm the environment and our air quality. Luckily, many landfills collect this gas and convert it to renewable energy.


Brent Industries truly offers an amazing service that can help your business save money and reduce its carbon footprint on the environment. We use a three-phase fabric recycling process. First, you’ll ship your textiles to us. Depending on where you are located, we may offer pick up services in your area, or we can help arrange for a carrier. Then your textiles enter our reconditioning facility. Here, we’ll begin the textile recycling process itself.

Solvents are the liquid substances we use to clean and recondition your textiles, which vary depending on your product. Some may include benzene, acetone, water, and alcohol. During the cleaning process, we recapture the unused solvents from our dry-cleaning system and reuse them. This saves us time and money, which we then can pass on to you.

When your textiles arrive, we sort through them carefully, ensuring we only clean the ones our processes will clean with our solvent cleaning products. This closed-loop process ensures nothing foul escapes our factory and enters the environment.

Since 1977, we’ve been reconditioning gloves, textiles, shop towels, wiping materials, filter media, and more in order to do our part to save the planet. We can recondition polypropylene absorbents, such as pads, booms, socks, and pillows, as well as oil mats, oil soakers, and oil socks. A big part of our business is reconditioning gloves, but we also can recondition other safety wear and personal protective equipment, including Kevlar products. In fact, many of our customers tell us that their reconditioned safety gear is even more comfortable to wear than before.

If you’ve been thinking about trying fabric recycling, give us a call. We can explain our waste cloth recycling process as well as answer any questions you may have. We firmly believe that when we all do our part, the environment will thank us, and so will you when you see how easy it is to save the planet and money. Call us today to get started!

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