SPARTANBURG, S.C. — May 5, 2011 — Leigh Fibers, Inc. and Trans-Americas Textile Recycling Inc., two
industry leaders with a combined 168 years of textile and fiber recycling experience, have formed a
strategic partnership 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.
Posted on May 6, 2011
Source: Leigh Fibers Inc.