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Leigh Strikes Partnership To Up PCR Usage

May 5, 2011

Deal with Trans-America Textile Recycling will keep textiles out of landfills.

Leigh Fibers and Trans-America Textile Recycling are partnering to increase the volume of post-consumer textiles saved from landfills.

“This alliance will create the most comprehensive fiber and textile recycling process in North America,” said George Martin, executive vice president of marketing and sales for Leigh Fibers.“The combination of Leigh’s reprocessing capabilities and capacity and Trans-Americas’ recycling experience and logistical expertise gives customers access to a more complete closed-loop recycling system than ever before.”

Eric Stubin, president of Trans-Americas Textile Recycling, said Leigh’s history and capabilities are a perfect fit with his company’s zero-landfill philosophy.

“Together we can offer manufacturers of apparel, footwear and household textiles a more effective end-of-life program for their products,” he said.“We call it the Green Loop — an integrated approach that extends product usefulness to benefit the environment and enhance brand perceptions among consumers.”

Trans-Americas works with retailers, municipalities and charitable organizations to recycle used clothing/post-consumer textile waste (PCTW).PCTW comprises five percent of U.S. landfill volume, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and currently only about 25 percent is recycled.Trans-Americas currently processes nearly 17 million pounds a year and expects that to grow through its strategic partnership with Leigh Fibers, whose facility in Wellford, S.C. has the capacity to reprocess one million pounds per day.

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