The Dee-Tex Project

Textile recycling service based in Wales

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GB United Kingdom
Web http://www.walescooperative.org/dee-tex-project
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About the project Edit

Established in 2006 by Brian McManus, the Dee-Tex Project provides the Flintshire county in Wales with a textile recycling service that collects unwanted clothes and textiles and redistributes or recycles them into fibres, thereby diverting more than 300 tonnes of textiles from landfill each year.

Textile products are collected from homes, schools, local clubs and clothing banks and taken to their recycling centre in Saltney where they are sorted by the team of staff and volunteers. Clothes that are still of good quality are kept and sold at their "Affordable Clothing Outlet". Items such as bedding, towels and curtains are re-used to furnish the homes of the more disadvantaged local residents. Items that cannot be recycled locally are purchased by the Textile Recycling Association and recycled back to their existing fibres so they can be used again.

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

it is creative

What is the social value of this project? Edit

As well as the environmental benefits that the project provides, a great emphasis is put on providing employment and training opportunities to the economically inactive in the local community. The Dee-Tex Project aims to employ ex-offenders, people with learning needs or people who were unemployed.

Since the Dee–Tex Project formed in 2006, over 600 volunteers have been recruited and 89 workers employed. While they work there, employees can benefit from the resources they use to update their résumés and apply for other jobs.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This project holds great potential. It was named the best UK social enterprise by RBS's Social Enterprise Index and index that measures economic and social impact of a hundred businesses in the UK.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The Dee –Tex Project has never received any core funding. Growth has been delivered on income generated though its operations.


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