Since 1991, Ecosmith Recyclers in New Hampshire have kept over 45 million pounds of shoes, clothing and household textiles out of landfills, and in circulation, while giving back almost half a million dollars to local non-profit groups.
Materials collected from Ecosmith’s bins are brought back to our shop where they are processed into their appropriate categories.
Shoes, toys, books and bric brac are placed in gaylords boxes and clothing, household linens, and cloth are baled into 1000lb bales where they are then loaded on to containers, brought to port and loaded on a ship that delivers these items to underdeveloped nations.
Once these materials have met their destination overseas, they are sold in open markets or bazaars.
The best possible use for your unwanted clothing or shoes is re-use. Lots of energy and resources are needed in manufacturing clothing. In fact the Natural Resource Defense Council states that:
“The choice of fabric at the design table strongly influences the environmental impacts of a garment over its lifetime. Fibers made from plants, such as cotton and bamboo, can require huge quantities of water and pesticides to produce, while animal-based fibers such as cashmere can have severe impacts on the environment where the animals are raised.
Synthetic fibers are often made from petro-chemicals that require a lot of energy to produce, but sometimes can be recycled. Fabric choice also drives consumer care requirements, which themselves have large water, energy, and toxic chemical impacts.”
The collected materials that are no longer considerable for re-use are repaired and if no longer repairable they are recycled into wiping cloths and insulation, shoes can be ground up into a material used to create athletic and playground surfaces and more.