old clothes can be renewed into something useful - water absorbent materials
A company provides a lifeline for old clothes by transforming them into new products.
Old clothes and home textiles are widely collected, but usually only good clothes are taken away and resold.
The old, torn, tattered ones are often buried in the landfill area.
However, these unwanted textiles can be recycled into clean cloth needed by the industry.
The textile recycling company, a Malaysian lifestyle clothing company, did so.
"Some textile recyclers can only collect and sell anything they can collect, and the rest are landfill.
We take it to a new level . "
"We turn things that can't be sold, are worthless, are discarded into landfill sites or burned into things that have commercial value.
"Turning old clothes into pieces is not just cutting them.
Because clothes are not only made of different fabrics, but also parts that reduce the quality of clean cloth, the process becomes cumbersome;
If used to wipe at a car factory, metal bolts can scratch the car.
At the Living factory in Port Klang, workers operating industrial cutting machines skillfully trimmed unwanted parts with zippers, elastic bands, buttons, beads, sequins and even sewn signs.
Then the clothes are cut into quite large, strangeshaped pieces.
These pieces are then thrown onto the conveyor belt and any remaining pins or bolts are removed via a metal detector.
They are separated according to the type of textile (such as the "cashmere cloth series" and "mixed cotton"), packed into 10 kg bundles of packaging marked with "clean cloth" and exported.
"Clean cloth is needed in almost every industry.
Proper separation is important because these industries need products with consistency and certain specific needs.
For example, the printer needs lint-
Free cloth so they mainly use linen.
"The mining industry is looking for absorbent materials for cleaning machinery," explains Warren . ".
Some people only want white people.
Warren bought about 20 tons of old hospital blankets and after mixing them with other white materials, he eventually recycled them into a clean cloth.
He hopes to cooperate with large linen waste generators such as hospitals or hotels.
He said that as hospitals regularly replenish new blankets and linen products, a large amount of textile waste is often laid in warehouses and even eventually dumped.
"The contractor should be asked to recycle to avoid these things being finally landfill," he said . ".
The company, which began operations in last March, now produces 12 to 15 tons of clean cloth per week.
Since the goal of the factory is "zero waste", nothing will be thrown away.
Unwanted textile waste that cannot be turned into a clean cloth, such as "silky" material (
Polyester, elastic, Leica)
Those with zippers, sequins or plastic beads were sent to the resort eco Asia.
Ipoh's company recycles textile waste materials by mixing them with other materials to produce engineering fuel for cement kilns.
"So we don't have to make a bunch of garbage," Warren said . "
As a product recycling work, life has always put 200 textile waste recycling bins in the Valley of Basheng and winter (Pahang)
And Teluk Intan (Perak).
The co-author of the program, Brackwell Malaysia, is responsible for separating the collected waste.
A certain amount for each kilogram collected (undisclosed)
It is given to three charities-the Malaysia Association for the blind, Selangor and the Federal Association for Children with regional cramps and the National Cancer Council.
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