Think recycled textiles are a recent thing? Think again.
Martex Fiber, based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has been innovating in the field since its founding in 1970 as a textile waste trading company, and it recently celebrated Earth Day by announcing the expansion of its facility in Brownsville, Texas, to include a new fiber reclamation line.
It’s all part of its Zero Landfill campaign and “No Fiber Left Behind” promise, which states that all of the textile waste the company purchases (more than 160 million pounds per year, on average) will be recycled into new sustainable products.
An expanded facility means more recycled goods entering both the consumer and industrial markets.
“We continue to see strong demand and opportunities for our recycled textile products,” Steve Lister, CEO of Martex, stated. “The products we are delivering today support sustainability and cost efficiency efforts across our supply chain and a multitude of markets, which is critical in today’s business climate. We have some great new innovations in the pipeline and look forward to their rollout in the near future.”
Martex Fiber products are certified by SCS Global Services for recycled content and made in the USA. The company’s recycled textiles are all from post-industrial waste and include waste yarn, rags, cuttings, wipers and remnants. It specializes in 100 percent cotton and cotton-polyester knits in colors and bleaches. Meanwhile, its reclaimed fiber blends are created from textile waste that’s been sorted by fiber type, refiberized and blended, and specialty fibers or treatments are often added for specific performance characteristics.
Martex also takes cotton apparel waste full circle, creating Eco2Cotton yarns which are spun domestically in its Jimtex Yarns facility in Lincolnton, Georgia, for use in apparel and home furnishings.