I + G Cohen presents bespoke textile recycling services at RWM 2012
Published by Kathy Wilkinson for I & G Cohen in Environment and also in Central Government, Communities, Local Government
Left to right: Michelle Hooson, Fashion Business Development Manager for Ever So Bazaar and Ewelina Braciak, Sorting & Grading Assistant in vintage fashion.
Salford-based textile recycler I & G Cohen returns to RWM 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham as co-sponsors of the Eco-Fashion catwalk show. It is also to showcase its comprehensive range of textile collection and recycling services for the waste management sector, local authorities and charities.
At its stand 17B48 from September 11th to 13th, I & G Cohen will be presenting its bespoke nationwide services for waste management companies.
These partnerships have brought useful environmental benefits, as well as economic success, in diverting thousands of tonnes of textiles from landfill. The company also acts as an end market for used clothing and discarded household textiles.
At the forefront of textile recycling since 1959, I & G Cohen also works with local authorities and charities on partnership recycling schemes, including kerbside collections and textile bank collections, which can generate valuable new income streams.
To date, the company’s kerbside collection and textile bank schemes have raised more than £2 million for its partner organisations nationwide. They are superb examples of the extra services that can raise funds for both local authorities and aid organisations through textile recycling.
Managing Director Elliot Cohen comments: “Local authorities are now beginning to recognise that textiles – used clothing, handbags and shoes – are a genuine resource and not just a way of reducing cost. These discarded materials provide revenue; adding a benefit that can be ploughed back into services while diverting clothing and household textiles from landfill, reducing both their environmental impact and associated disposal costs.
“According to latest Government figures, some 350,000 tonnes of clothing ends up in landfill each year. We are trying to prevent that happening and to save these textiles so they can be re-used and given new second lives.”
This sustainable recycling concept will be promoted on the Eco-Fashion catwalk. On show will be stunning 1950s cocktail dresses, plus 1960s and 1970s examples, supplied by I & G Cohen’s catwalk partner, vintage wholesale brand Ever So Bazaar.
Taking inspiration from a ‘Make Do and Mend’ theme, models will be using contemporary accessories to show how vintage fashion can be updated for modern times, creating value for garments that would otherwise be thrown away.