Company Finds Profit in Making Clothes
from Scrap Plastics, Cotton
They operate a corporation located in Palm Coast, Florida called Clothes Made From Scrap, Inc. They manufacture clothing, hats, and totes made from recycled plastic bottles and re-claimed cotton. Reclaimed cotton is scrap gathered from the manufacturing floor and re-polymerized as recycled cotton fiber.
Ten years ago, the idea of recycling plastic for clothing was just emerging. Graham Jarrett was exposed to some of the initial T-shirts manufactured by Hoecht, Inc., a German chemical company. He decided to leave his career in finance as a chartered accountant (the British equivalent of a CPA).
According to Mr. Jarrett, he started his new business and showed no profit his first year. A modest income was achieved every year thereafter. Clothes Made From Scrap, Inc. buys their recycled polyfiber from Wellman, Inc., a mill located in North Carolina. Wellman introduced the first polyester textile fiber made from post-consumer PET packaging in 1993.
The organization reclaims more than 2.5 billion PET bottles and containers annually. The material purchased from Wellman by Clothes Made From Scrap, Inc. is marketed under the name of Fortrel® EcoSpun®. This fiber is used to make products such as blankets, T-shirts, soft luggage and socks.
Many organizations are environmentally conscientious and purchase recycled products. Disney is one major customer of Clothes Made From Scrap, Inc. Other customers proving ecological accountability include local and federal government offices, as well as other organizations all around the country. The main objective of Clothes Made From Scrap, Inc. is to act in a responsible manner toward our environment for now and for future generations.
Mr. Jarrett's mantra is "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and complete the circle by purchasing recycled products."