Every year Goodwill nationally accumulates 400 million pounds of clothing donations they cannot resell.
THE CORE TEAM
From left to right: Cat McCarthy, industrial designer; Corey King, mechanical engineer; Valeria Villa, industrial engineering; Erin Podhaisky, industrial engineer; Pauline Dziama, industrial designer.
What can be done with fabric from clothing donations? Synthetic and natural fibers alike were broken down and manipulated with heat shredding, compression and adhesives. The most cost-effective and environmentally friendly options: melting synthetics into hard plastic and shredding naturals to be combined with biodegradable adhesives to form composites.
Easily, sustainability replace patches of carpet that get worn out under rolling chairs and high traffic areas. Composed of 100% recycled molded synthetic fiber for a stable base and felted mixed fibers for a comfortable, durable surface.
In open concept work spaces, noise levels can become a distraction. Mist is a modular room divider system made with naturally sound dampening cotton fiber.
ShredUp's manufacturing process is a closed loop system that reduces waste and ensures all material is utilized to the very fullest. Spectrometer sorting separates clothing by fabric type which informs which product it is used for and color eliminating the need for dyes.