Specialty Fabrics Review July 2022 - 12

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A mountain of
discarded clothing at
the Park Ave. Armory
in New York. Photo:
Carolina A. Miranda
Company will pay towns for
the pickup of used textiles
T
he town of Bow, N.H., will soon join 17 other communities in the Northeast, in
a program that pays the town to let a company pick up used clothing, textiles
and shoes at people's homes so they can be reused rather than trashed.
" It almost sounds too good to be true, but it's great, " said Denise Cummings,
crew chief at Hooksett Recycling and Transfer Center, which started the program
with Woburn, Mass.-based Helpsy this spring.
Helpsy pays communities $40 a ton for clothing collected by its employees in
curbside pickup as well as in drop-off boxes. The income for communities isn't
big but every bit helps.
The company will accept a wide variety of goods, from shirts and shoes to
handbags and belts, sheets and towels, and pet clothing. Items can be in any
condition but must be clean and dry.
The company says 95% of what it collects is reused, upcycled or recycled. Items
are sorted and divided into grades. The higher grades are resold to thrift stores
in North America and other second-hand markets around the world. The lower
grades get turned into rags for industrial use or things like stuffing and insulation.
Helpsy is a privately funded, for-profit company started in 2017. It is a registered B
Corporation, a type of structure that carries environmental and social goals along
with financial ones, and has about 280 employees.
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