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It may be that the apparel industry lays
the path and proves out the economics
before the harder-to-tackle industrial
textiles industry follows suit.
Marisa Adler
Resource Recycling Systems

ABOVE: The Renaissance yarn
program creates new products
from Sunbrella® textile waste.
RIGHT: Sunbrella's new
ReTweed Collection is woven
with up to 93 percent recycled
content. Photos: Sunbrella.

RECYCLING INDUSTRIAL
TEXTILE WASTE
Although fingers are generally pointed at
apparel brands and retailers, the industrial
and specialty fabrics sectors are responsible for a share of textile waste. While
industrial and specialty fabricators recycle
many types of manufacturing waste, textile
takeback or recycling programs are few and
far between.
Headquartered in Tukwila, Wash.,
Rainier Industries Ltd., a custom fabricator
of tents, awnings, displays and other
textile products, separates and recycles 10
classifications of waste. "We make a lot of
garbage," admits CEO Scott Campbell. The
company separated and recycled 669 tons
of waste last year, including cardboard,
wood, aluminum, compost and clear
plastic. "Most of it we get paid for," he says.
But there is little demand for Rainier's
industrial textile waste. A "micropercentage" was donated for making
bags, but chemicals in their canvas scrap
consigned most of it to the landfill. Rainier
does participate in Recycle My Sunbrella®
program. This takeback program recycles
Sunbrella brand fabrics from customers
and consumers as an alternative to disposal
for fabric scraps, awning covers, boat
covers and upholstery fabric. Sunbrella
recycles and delivers the waste to partners
that convert the materials into industrial
products such as felt, automotive
insulation or filtration material.
"The Recycle My Sunbrella program is a
key tenet of our sustainability initiatives,"
says John Gant, director of sustainability
at Glen Raven® Custom Fabrics, maker
of Sunbrella. "This program allows us
to empower our customers and partners
to be proactive about disposing of their
Sunbrella products."
Separately, the company's Renaissance
yarn program combines up to 93 percent
postindustrial recycled fiber with virgin Sunbrella fiber, creating fabrics with a unique
look and Sunbrella performance standards.

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