RAGS

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Rags are good for the environment.

“So what?!” you might say; “It’s an interesting story, but why should I care?” The reason is that it’s more than just a pretty story – there are solid environmental benefits when using wiping rags made from recycled textiles. For this part of the story, we have to differentiate between a few basic differences in wiping rags. The industry recognizes three fundamental types of wiping cloths.

Reclaimed wiping rags – the ones made from reclaimed textile materials and the story that we are talking about here.

Non-woven and paper wiping rags – purpose-made, either wholly or in part, from paper and non-textile materials such as polypropylene or other synthetic materials

Rental wiping rags – purpose-made towels that are rented to the end user and washed and reused until they must be discarded.

 

There have been a few studies done in the past, one commissioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency and one commissioned by SMART (Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association). The net results show a significant difference in the environmental impact of the three wiping products listed above.

The SMART study investigated the environmental impact in 3 areas: water use, energy use, and waste generated.


Reclaimed wiping rags have the least overall impact on the environment of all three wiping cloths. They use less energy and less water than the other two categories, and generate significantly less waste than laundered (rental) wiping rags.

Non-woven/paper wiping rags generate the least waste of the three categories, but have the highest energy usage of the other two categories and the 2nd highest water usage, using only slightly less than the rental wiping rags. Reusable wipers (rental wiping rags) have the greatest impact on the environment, in large part due to the large amount of ‘sludge’ containing hazardous chemicals and other compounds that are discarded with the wash water. They also have the highest water usage of the three categories. The Lockheed-Martin study also measured the environmental impact in terms of water use, energy use, and waste generated. It shows similar but slightly different results. This is graphically illustrated below, using the data from that study (Red indicates the greatest environmental impact and Green the least).

    Environmental Impact Comparison     
Woven (Laundered)
Wipers
 Non-Woven
Wipers
Paper Wipers
  Reclaimed Rags


1 - Water in pounds per 1000 towels
2 - Energy in BTU per 1000 towels
3 - Waste in pounds of solid waste per 1000 towels

Comparison based on data from the Lockheed-Martin study

Water1 17,060 3,160 13,770 ~0
Energy2 66,820 761,500 947,800 ~0
Waste3 88.4 67.8 74 110.5

 

COLOR-KNIT
COLOR KNIT
WHITE-KNIT
WHITE KNIT
WHITE-KNIT-W-COLOR-TRIM
WHITE KNIT W/COLOR TRIM
COLOR-FLANNEL
COLOR FLANNEL
COLOR-COURDUROY
COLOR COURDUROY
WHITE-COTTON
WHITE COTTON
WHITE-SHEETING
WHITE SHEETING
WHITE-FLANNEL
WHITE FLANNEL
COLOR-SWEATS
COLOR SWEATS
WHITE-SWEATS
WHITE SWEATS
COLOR-TERRY
COLOR TERRY
WHITE-TERRY
WHITE TERRY
GRAY-KNIT
GRAY KNIT


Pound for Pound cloth wipers are the best value all-aroundoriginal-industry-rags

  • Reclaimed 100% post consumer waste textiles: Specific grades like T-shirts, terry towels, sweatshirts, flannel, corduroy, denim and various mixed grades
  • Reclaimed Commercial textiles: towels, table linens, napkins, diapers, surgical towels, sheets, blankets and more
  • Reclaimed 100% Post-Industrial waste textiles: mill ends and cutting scrap (towels, knits, T-shirts, etc.)

 

recycled

Compressed Packaging

Easier Handling

  • Less cumbersome
  • Less strain on lower back
  • Can drop, throw or drag bale without damage
  • To dispense, slit open on top or side, then grab a rag! Package retains shap

Saves Space

  • 45% reduction in package size
  • Doubles the quantity per pallet (can put up to 40 bales per pallet)
  • No more crushed cartons

 

Rags have many different applications


With regard to the reclaimed textile wiping rags, it is useful to understand that they are applicable to a wide range of activities since they are based on different textile materials with different characteristics. If you want a soft, lint-free wiping rag for polishing, or a super-absorbent wiping rag for cleanup, these and many other characteristics are available.

You can find reclaimed textile wiping rags with a wide array of characteristics, such as: softness; absorbency; lint-free; colorfastness; durability. Just think of all the different kinds of textile materials and you can see how each of those can be just the right material for almost any kind of wiping application. 

 Compressed Packaging

Easier Handling

  • Less cumbersome
  • Less strain on lower back
  • Can drop, throw or drag bale without damage
  • To dispense, slit open on top or side, then grab a rag! Package retains shap

Saves Space

  • 45% reduction in package size
  • Doubles the quantity per pallet (can put up to 40 bales per pallet)
  • No more crushed cartons

 

Rags have many different applications


With regard to the reclaimed textile wiping rags, it is useful to understand that they are applicable to a wide range of activities since they are based on different textile materials with different characteristics. If you want a soft, lint-free wiping rag for polishing, or a super-absorbent wiping rag for cleanup, these and many other characteristics are available.

You can find reclaimed textile wiping rags with a wide array of characteristics, such as: softness; absorbency; lint-free; colorfastness; durability. Just think of all the different kinds of textile materials and you can see how each of those can be just the right material for almost any kind of wiping application.

 

 NEW RAGS

PART NUMBERBALE SIZEBALE/
CASE
CASE/
PALLET
PACKAGE
NEW COLOR KNIT
 05A-025NCS-B 25 lbs.  1  48 Box  
NEW WHITE KNIT
 05A-010NWB-B 10 lbs.  1  64 Box
 05A-025NWB-B 25 lbs.  1  48 Box
 05A-050NWB-B 50 lbs.  1 30  Box
NEW GRAY KNIT
 05A-025NGK-B 25 lbs.   1 48  Box
NEW WHITE COTTON
 05A-025NWP-B 25 lbs.   1  48 Box
 05A-050NWP-B 50 lbs. 1 30 Box
NEW WHITE SHEETING
 05A-050NWS-B 50 lbs. 30  Box

  

RECLAIMED RAGS

PART NUMBERBALE SIZEBALE/
CASE
CASE/
PALLET
PACKAGE
RECLAIMED COLOR KNIT
05A-005CS-PB  5 lbs. 10 18 Bag
05A-010CS-PB 10 lbs.  10  18 Bag
05A-025CS-B 25 lbs.  48  Box 
05A-025CS-PB 25 lbs.  66  Bag 
05A-025CSXL-B 25 lbs.  48  Box 
05A-050CS-CB 50 lbs.  30  Box
05A-050CS-PB 50 lbs. 1 40 Bag
RECLAIMED WHITE KNIT
 05A-005WP-B 5 lbs.  64  Box 
 05A-025WP-B 25 lbs.  1 66 Bag
 05A-025WP-PB 25 lbs. 1 48  Box 
 05A-050WP-B 50 lbs.  1 30 Box
 05A-050WP-PB 50 lbs. 1 40  Bag
RECLAIMED WHITE KNIT W/COLOR TRIM
 05A-025WS-B 25 lbs.  48   Box
 05A-025WS-PB 25 lbs. 1 66  Bag
 05A-050WS-B 50 lbs. 1 30 Box
 05A-050WS-PB 50 lbs. 1 40 Bag
RECLAIMED COLOR FLANNEL
 05A-025CP-B 25 lbs.  1 48  Box
 05A-025CP-PB 25 lbs. 1 66  Bag
 05A-050CP-B 50 lbs.  1 30  Box
 05A-050CP-PB 50 lbs. 1 40  Bag
RECLAIMED WHITE FLANNEL
 05A-020WF-B 20 lbs.  1 48  Box 
RECLAIMED COLOR SWEATS
 05A-025CSW-B  25 lbs. 1  48 Box 
 05A-050CSW-B 50 lbs.  1 30 Box
RECLAIMED WHITE SWEATS
 05A-025WSP-B 25 lbs.  1 48   Box
 05A-050WSP-B  50 lbs. 1 30 Box 
RECLAIMED COLOR TERRY
 05A-020CTT-B 20 lbs.  1  48  Box
 05A-045CTT-B 45 lbs.  1  30 Box
RECLAIMED WHITE TERRY
 05A-020WTT-B 20 lbs.  1  48 Box
RECLAIMED COLOR COURDUROY
 05A-025CC-B  25 lbs.  1 48 Box 
RECLAIMED WHITE COTTON
 05A-020WPG-B  20 lbs.  1 48 Box