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Mohawk Renewal Recycled Cotton 回收棉系列

用棉纺织废料循环造纸已经有几百年历史了。今天,纺织废料比以往都要多得多。这些棉纤维柔软但有韧性,能做出非常漂亮的纸张。Mohawk Renewal回收棉系列来源于两种棉纤维:白T恤和蓝色的丹尼碎布。

在Ohio Franklin的纸浆和造纸公司(Cheney Pulp and Paper Company)重走美国造纸业的根基这个举措并非第一次实施。自1924年,当Howard Cheney收购并将一家磨坊转型为用纺织厂废料的棉碎布造浆开始,这个商业模式一直持续至今。第四代家族Cheney的长孙Mark Snyder掌管公司后,这家公司通过与Mohawk纸厂合作,业务范围又扩展了。

Cheney的回收棉浆用来制造Mohawk Renewal T-Shirt White和Denim系列,也给了棉纺织废料第二次生命。从每年送去填埋场的成千上万吨纺织废料中的t-shirt和牛仔碎布转化来的这些浆,在造纸的过程中没有再进行漂白和添加任何染料。





Cheney说“这整个过程展现了积极的社会效应”,“我们通过对纺织废料的循环利用并创造出新的东西来缓解森林和填埋场的压力。”为Mohawk Renewal全线系列提供可持续发展的浆也帮助了这个家族企业和其40位员工,鼓励美国工业。



For centuries, cotton textile waste was recycled to make paper. Today, there is more textile waste than ever. Strong, yet soft, these cotton fibers make beautiful paper. Mohawk Renewal Recycled Cotton uses two sources for its cotton fiber: white t-shirt trim and blue denim thread. 

At the Cheney Pulp and Paper Company in Franklin. Ohio, returning to the roots of American papermaking isn't new. It's been the business model since 1924, when Howard Cheney purchased and retrofitted a grain mill to make pulp out of cotton rag, a fabric industry waste product. Four generations later, with Cheney's great-grandson Mark Snyder at the helm, the company's work is newly relevant, thanks to a manufacturing partnership with Mohawk. 

Recycled Cotton pulp from Cheney is used to make Mohawk Renewal T-Shirt White and Denim papers, giving cotton textile waste a second life. Made from t-shirt and denim scrap diverted from the millions of textile waste sent to landfills every year, these pulps remain unbleached and require no dye in the paper­making process. 

"A lot of companies make generic, bland, commodity paper," says Cheney. "This Renewal paper will be unique, with a look and feel almost like cloth, with rich color, and a sense of permanence."

These new products also breathe new life into a process that was once a centerpiece of the nation's pulp and papermaking industry. Though it's niche now, cotton textile-based paper was widely prevalent; national governments around the world still use it for banknotes and currency, including U.S. dollars. The Mohawk and Cheney collaboration has found a different way to turn cotton textile waste into some­thing of great value. 

Creating paper from cotton starts with scraps, specifi­cally textile waste from large clothing manufacturers. Fashion trends often dictate what kind of scraps may be common, Cheney says, but finding bits of denim and T-Shirt isn't difficult. The material arrives in 1,000 pound bales of two-by-three inch clippings, which staffers sort by hand to weed out synthetics making sure everything used is 100 percent cotton. Then, using a combination of heat, water, and time, those scraps are transformed into pulp which becomes paper.

“We’re taking pressure off forests and landfills by reusing textile waste and making something new with it.”

"This whole process reinforces positive social behavior," says Cheney. "We're taking pressure off forests and landfills by reusing waste to make something new with it." Making this sustainable pulp for the new Mohawk Renewal range of papers has also helped the bottom line of this family business and its 40 employees, bolster­ing American industry.

With the rise in fast fashion, there's more cotton waste being generated than ever before. Between 1999 and 2009, the global volume of textile trash rose by 40 percent, discards which take 200 years or more to decompose and release methane as they sit in landfills. But turning scraps into fine paper with a purpose, and benefit for the planet, is a business model that won't go out of style.