Who We Are

Clothing Recycling for MA & CT


According to the Waste composition study published by MassDEP, “more than 230,000 tons of usable textiles – including clothing, footwear, towels, bedding and other fabric-based products – were sent to landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts in 2010.”

Bay State Textiles offers a solution to deal with the problem of unwanted textiles. We partner with schools and communities to create a process for diverting clothing donations along with  shoes, and fabrics away from the solid waste stream. Instead of being thrown away, textiles create a new source of revenue for your community. Give us a call today to learn more about our clothing recycling programs!
Partner With Us for Clothing Recycling & More
  • Bay State Textiles provides capital equipment and handles all logistics.
  • Bay State Textiles shares all collection data with municipalities.
  • Bay State Textiles pays a rebate, generating revenue for your community.
  • Bay State Textiles assists with program promotion.
  • Experience: Massachusetts-based corporation with years of textile recycling experience.
  • Reputation: Strong track record of working with municipalities all across Massachusetts and Connecticut.
  • Flexibility: Bay State Textiles will tailor a program to meet your town’s needs.
What We Do

Bay State Textile exports half of its clothing donations and collections to developing countries. There is a healthy demand for used clothing and shoes from the United States all over the world. These textiles are primarily reused as clothing and shoes, providing thousands of jobs for small entrepreneurs, their families, and employees.

Our management team has over 40 years of combined experience exporting reclaimed clothing donations to over 15 countries worldwide. From Japan, Europe, Africa, South, to Central America, we understand the markets that import secondhand clothing from the United States.

Please email Paul Curry at baystatetextiles@gmail.com or call at 508-415-3855.

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How It Works

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.

To learn more about the after life of unwanted textiles, check out Ross Lohr at TEDxSomerville in No more new: The t-shirt road to Africa