Textile expert advice

We learnt the rag trade from the ground up.

This experience grounds us as we humbly teach fashion and textiles students the importance of designing with the end of life solutions in mind. But it doesn’t stop there. We think education about textile recycling is essential in the younger years. To help educate the next generation on how we embrace sustainable fashion and a circular economy. Providing schools with the education and actions to help tackle textile waste.

Primary & secondary school talks

TRA works with teachers and schools to facilitate education around the importance of textile recycling rather than throwing uniforms or clothing away.

Supporting Bee Healthy Stories delivering resources for teachers by teachers.

Textile Recyclers Australia-Education and Action

University and tertiary programs

TRA supports facilitators of university and tertiary programs of sustainability, social and waste stream services. In Sydney and Melbourne TRA offers site visits for students.

Panel and expert round tables

With over thirty years experience in both fashion technology and industry knowledge TRA can provide holistic and commercial information to support the circular economy in textiles.

Textile recycling FAQs

The main question we get asked, is what’s the difference between traditional waste streams and textile recycling? Well a lot actually!

Traditional waste is disposed of in a skip bin, when full it is picked up and dumped into landfill. Recycling is quite different to this.

Textiles need to be identified by composition, contaminated garments are removed, then textiles are sorted into fibres and colour assortment. This is before they are cleaned, baled, shredded and spun back into yarn.

Recycling is a process. Outcomes include;

  • Recycled yarn for new textile products
  • Less stress on the environment, and virgin materials
  • Support of the circular economy
  • Waste becomes a resource

Our partners

Working with educators to support textile sustainability

The TRA mission is to keep apparel and other textiles out of landfill, whilst investing in circular solutions for the textile industry.

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