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We give your old clothing a second life!
Worn doesn’t necessarily mean worn out
Specialised sorting operations like the Joan Smaal Textielrecycling ensure that this clothing is marketed worldwide. Contemporary and high-quality clothing, as well as winter items, are a large sales market in Eastern Europe. More dated clothing goes to markets in Africa and Asia. Articles of clothing that can no longer be worn are either made into rags for industrial use or serve as raw materials, for example insulation materials in the automobile industry. Remaining clothing can also serve as a valuable fuel for the cement industry.
Sorting by hand
Quickly and effectively recognise and sort out fashion trends
To make sorting easier for our sorters, Joan Smaal Textielrecycling uses special conveyor belts that automatically deliver goods to the sorting racks and to the presses, in which clothing is packaged. The majority of the sorted clothing is pressed into textile bales weighing between 25 and 40 kg. The bale form allows for effective loading into overseas shipping containers, in which sorted clothing is shipped around the world.
Ten million kilograms of clothing annually
Joan Smaal Textiel Recycling BV produces over 250 different sorts when sorting clothing: men’s trousers, women’s trousers, children’s clothing, shoes, men’s shirts, women’s blouses, bed linens, hand towels etc.. Additionally we provide almost every sort in different quality levels. The specific quality of the sorted items is always negotiated with the certain buyer.
Office and organisation work
Clothing sorting is a question of efficiency and astute market observation, in order to react to changes in fashion trends and other permanent changing influences worldwide. Therefore, we have formed trust-based relationships with our customers in order to guarantee the various item qualities and to ensure the smooth sale of sorted clothing. Clothing no longer of use in Europe can still find buyers in other parts of the world and the quality is sometimes still better than cheaply and poorly manufactured new items.