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1. What is textile re-use and textile recycling?

Textile re-use and textile recycling is the process of recovering clothing and other textiles for reuse or material recovery. It reduces landfill waste and environmental impact.

2. How does ELT contribute to textile re-use and textile recycling?

ELT collects, sorts, and distributes donated clothing and other textiles from charity shops, textile banks  and Fashion Retail Companies ,. This promotes recycling and reduces landfill waste.

3. Which regions does ELT serve?

ELT serves various global markets including Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and Middle East

4. How do you ensure the quality of the collected textiles?

ELT operates professional sorting centers in the UK and Europe, ensuring textiles are categorised appropriately for their intended destinations.

5. Do you wash the clothing before exporting?

No, all clothing is sent as is without any washing or use of chemicals.

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6. Who are ELT's primary partners?

ELT partners with major charities, local councils, and fashion retailers companies the UK.

7. How do charity shops benefit from partnering with ELT?

Charities receive a secure income stream by selling unsold or excess clothing and shoes to ELT.

8. How does ELT support sustainability?

ELT promotes clothing reuse, significantly reducing environmental impact and landfill waste. Plus, we’re constantly looking at initiatives to further enhance sustainability by optimizing reuse textile chains

9. Can other businesses collaborate with ELT?

Absolutely! ELT welcomes collaborations with any business which has textiles to be recycled or reused , councils, and other entities that align with our mission.

10. What's the story behind ELT's foundation?

ELT was founded by Mark Lewonowski over 25 years ago. He identified a more efficient way for charities to monetize clothing, enhancing their revenue streams.

11. How does the textile re-use and textile recycling process benefit developing nations?

Recycled clothing provides affordable options for individuals in developing nations. It also stimulates economic growth through international microentrepreneur networks.

12. What happens to textiles that are not suitable for reuse?

ELT ensures all textiles are used in some form, such as repurposing to wiper rags for lining and paddings , ensuring minimal waste.

13. How can I partner with ELT?

Contact us through our “Become a Partner” section on our website to discuss potential collaborations.

14. Does ELT have any educational outreach programs?

Yes, one of our main educational initiatives involves establishing a network of microentrepreneurs in developing nations. We’re also exploring other educational opportunities.

15. How does textile re-use and textile recycling impact the environment?

Textile re-use and textile recycling significantly reduces the strain on landfills, minimizes water and air pollution, and conserves energy and resources.

16. Are there any products ELT doesn't accept?

While we aim to recycle as much as possible, certain items may not meet the standards for export. Contact us for specific guidelines.

17. How often does ELT collect from charity shops?

ELT currently services over 345 charities with over 1525 collection points on a weekly basis.

18. What differentiates ELT from other textile recyclers?

Our global outreach, commitment to quality, partnerships with major entities, and focus on both environmental and socio-economic benefits set us apart.

19. How can I find our more about recycling clothing?

Contact us and one of dedicated experts will be happy to talk to you.

20. Are there any job opportunities at ELT?

Contact us and we will be in touch with you

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