The products we handle are almost entirely repurposed. Why does that matter? Well, by using cotton wiping cloths generated from either textile production or recycled clothing, we are keeping them out of landfills. We are a proud member of SMART which is an association that heightens awareness of textile recycling. Below are some resources to help you understand more about sustainability in our industry. 

Learn more about what happens to clothing you donate and textile recycling in general by reading these books:

  • Travels of a T-shirt by Pietra Rivoli, professor at Georgetown University Salaula. 
  • The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia by Karen Tranberg Hansen, professor at Northwestern University.

See how kids set a recycling "record." Kids from all over the country participated, sending in one pair of jeans or truck loads of jeans collected in community projects. The clothing will be recycled by COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.®, and made into home insulation for houses damaged in natural disasters.

A short video on Dr. Hawley and her research on textile recycling.

Dr. Hawley’s article on the Economic Impact of Textile and Clothing Recycling.

A sample from the book Sustainable Textiles: Life Cycle and the Environmental Impact.

Dr. Hawley’s article: Digging for Diamonds. A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Reclaimed Textile Products. 

Dr. Hawley’s article: Textile Recycling: A System Perspective. 

 

HOW WE BUY-BACK AND REPURPOSE DISCARDED CLOTHING AND LINENS

Every year companies in the hospitality and healthcare industries generate millions of tons  of textile waste. When terry towels and linens no longer meet quality standards, they must be  disposed of, or recycled by the generators. Until now there has been no industry standard to recycle these materials- some use discards for cleaning rags, others simply treat them as waste.  When terry towels, washcloths, and linens are recycled back into the same institutions they were  generated from, the risk for cross contamination increases. Textiles that are now polluted with  cleaning chemicals can accidentally be mixed with guest laundry and put back into  circulation. Also, the discards are not uniform in their efficiency, cleaning ability, or appearance.  ABW’s Buy-back program allows generators to take the guess work out of textile waste.

  1. Collect
    Save linen discards as the are generated in a heavy-duty tote provided by ABW
  2. Ship
    Call ABW for a pick-up at your location
  3. Weigh
    We will sort your shipment to evaluate the quality and weight of the discards
  4. Save
    We’ll issue you a credit towards your next microfiber purchase, or simply buy the linen discards outright

 

THE BENEFITS OF BUY-BACK

Save Money
Lower the cost of microfiber purchases

Go Green
Enhance your green initiatives with the  new recycling channel

Generate Income
We will purchase your linen discards

Go Pro
When guests notice that professional  cleaning towels are being used, you  project a premium image

 

 

 

 

 

WHY US

ABW has developed deep relationships with mills across the globe, and traveled the world to bring you global savings on the textiles your business uses every day.  ABW is committed to providing superior value to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. We combine our quality products, affordable prices, and unmatched customer service to ensure you get exactly what you need, when you need it.

OUR FOCUS

ABW supplies the healthcare and hospitality industries with:First Quality Textiles

  • Microfiber cloths & mops
  • Contract first towels
  • Janitorial hardware
  • Healthcare patient-wear & linens

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