Tuesday 14th September

Industry Visit: The Smith Family
On one of the wettest days in September, students braved the rains to visit The Smith Family head office and factory facility in Sydney. The Smith Family is a national, independent children's charity that helps disadvantaged Australian children by unlocking opportunities through education and learning. One of their primary means of fundraising for these activities is through recycling clothing and textiles by reselling through their high street shops, or reusing them in nonwovens for applications that range from automotive to horticulture. The charity gave very generously of their time and expertise to show us around their facility and explain their process. Thank you all at The Smith Family for an inspirational day!

http://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/site/page.cfm


dsc06685.jpgDonated clothing waiting to be sorted and re-sold
dsc06687.jpgSolting of the donated clothing
dsc06692.jpgClothing bails waiting to be exported
dsc06694.jpgRagteared fibres waiting to be made into non-woven fabric
dsc06680.jpgNon-woven kitchen wipes, made by the Smith Family
dsc06681.jpgNon-woven ceiling batts, made by the Smith Family

These pictures from http://caitlinrmurray.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/week-seven-site-visit-to-the-smith-family/#comment-4
My group (Newtown) member Caitlin's blog.