Monday, July 23, 2012

Old Cloths and Money

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Cash-Clothes.co.uk, a site dedicated to collecting old clothes, uniforms, and books, has made it much easier for businesses and individuals in the U.K. to recycle their older uniforms for cash. Whether the uniform is simply out of style or has gradually been worn down to rags, the cash for clothes service collects the uniforms and either distributes them to impoverished communities or transforms them into recycled or re purposed products. The response from the business community has been overwhelming, with several small business owners finding the service to be especially useful.
“As a regional business, we have a high turnover of employees,” explains Nick Harold, the manager of a tourist boating company. “Each summer I order a new set of uniforms with personalized name tags, but frequently the uniforms get torn or lost during the course of an employee’s tenure. It’s great to be able to earn money back from uniforms that would otherwise be unusable.”
Fiber reclamation is a process whereby clothing is sorted by its color and type. The clothing is shredded and then "carded" so that individual fibers may be woven with fibers of a similar grade and color. Frequently, the process is used to produce new clothing. In some cases, the fibers are ultimately used for furniture padding, mattress production, or car insulation. The wide array of uses of reclaimed fibers means that virtually any dry and clean material can be transformed into a useful new product. In some cases, the uniforms will be transformed directly into cleaning rags.
Uniforms that are of a high enough quality will be redistributed for use as uniforms and clothing for impoverished communities. Many of these communities are located in the third world. The cash for clothing service was founded principally as a means of providing high quality, low-cost clothing for a variety of people around the globe who could not otherwise afford to purchase a uniform. This type of re purposing is beneficial not only for the impoverished nations in terms of cost, but also in terms of resources. In a world that will soon have a population of eight billion people, making the best use of every resource, including gently used clothing, is essential for keeping up a decent quality of life.
Business owners appreciate being able to free up space in their offices and factories, especially if that space is being occupied by otherwise unneeded or worn-out uniforms. Cash-clothes.co.uk has designed an efficient and effective means of both collecting the uniforms and transporting them to the re purposing facility. Business owners can either enter their details directly on the site, email for more information, or place a phone call to the charity to schedule a collection.
Bags are provided to those companies or individuals who wish to recycle their used clothing. Once the bags are full, the collection vans will drive to the office or other facility to collect them. Payment for the clothing occurs at pick-up either via a cheque or through Paypal. The rate per bag is determined on-site, but can range up to £20 per bag / 65p per Kilo.
“We know how difficult it is to keep a business running while managing the budget effectively,” founder John Sharpe explains. “This service enables business owners to recoup their investment on uniforms while helping out the larger global community.”
The charity also accepts other types of clothing from residential customers, including baby items, purses, belts, and shoes. All interested parties are encouraged to visit the site for further details on clothing types, pick-up areas, and scheduling times.

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