USED TEXTILES – RAW MATERIALS FOR NEW USES

Textiles are raw materials that should be kept in the recycling loop for as long as possible in order to conserve natural resources and reduce environmental pollution.

With around 80,000 tonnes of old clothes, shoes and home textiles collected every year and a re-use and recycling quota of up to 95 percent, TEXAID makes a significant contribution towards protecting the environment and conserving resources.

Thanks to state-of-the-art fine sorting, the company achieves a second-hand clothing quota of 65 per cent. This puts TEXAID well above the European industry average (around 45 to 50 per cent). 

The remaining 35 per cent of textiles are also precisely analyzed. Heavily damaged cotton or cotton mixed fabric items can be made into cleaning cloths. Our facilities in Hungary and Bulgaria specialize in cutting the cleaning cloths to size, with the TEXAID companies in Switzerland and Germany taking care of sales. Around 15 per cent of the textiles that are no longer wearable can be re-used in this way.

Another 15 per cent are re-used as recycling wool in new clothing or in covers. Or they are mechanically shredded to be processed as a raw material for such things as insulation materials and roofing felt.

Only 5 per cent of the used textiles are incinerated, being used to generate heat and power.