Our employees grade, repair, wholesale, and retail this product in local marketplaces. Used clothing and shoes are a vital commodity for economies all over the world in terms of economic development and an inexpensive alternative from new clothing for many people that live off of $1 per day.
Bay State Textile also has a customer base in the United States. Our customers are called “graders.” These graders sort the clothing, shoes, and household linens into 50-plus categories or grades. Approximately 50% of the material is packed for export as used clothing. The second grade, the wiper grade, consists of material that is absorbent, such as heavy content, flannel, t-shirts, towels, and denim. Items of this grade are all cut into wiping rags and resold to companies through the United States that need wipers to keep their plant and equipment clean. Items of the last grade, fiber material, are shipped to fiber mills and ground down and made into new material. Consumers see this material in items such as carpet padding, insulation, and high tech building material like Trex.