UNITED STATES – July 30, 2020 – Founded in post-war America (by Albert & Ben Kanefsky – 1947), A&B Wiper Supply found a niche processing used clothing into wholesale wiping rags.
Doing our part
America’s potential awoke during WWII. Known as the ‘Golden Age of Capitalism’, industrial automation previously developed for the war effort could be unleashed in the public sector. Factories that produced tanks switched gears to build cars, munitions factories targeted toasters, and previously out-of-reach durable goods became accessible to all.
With 20 million military personnel arriving back on our shores, the industrial machine could not afford to falter. Albert & Ben sold used rags in used boxes for a fair price. It was their small way of contributing to the growth of the nascent superpower and pursuing the American Dream.
Three generations later
A&B Wiper Supply has transformed into Monarch Brands; a leading wholesale textile company. We import and process an unparalleled breadth of products to meet the requirements of hospitality, healthcare, retail, industrial, automotive, textile rental, janitorial and restaurant industries. Our lines include wholesale towels, wholesale microfiber cloths and mops, and wholesale irregular towels.
America has advanced beyond anything that our founders would recognize in 1947. Fittingly, our original reclaimed wiping rags are perhaps more necessary today than ever before. Resources will become scarce as the global population continues to rise. More industries must learn to harness their own waste product if we’re to keep the planet green.
Last year we processed five million pounds of reclaimed clothing into wholesale wiper rags. By using cotton wiping cloths generated from either textile production or recycled clothing, we continue to provide a second use for perfectly good albeit worn textiles. Last year we kept five millions of pounds of textiles out of landfills… that’s about the size of two and a half Goodyear Blimps!!! Alongside our own Best Rags brand, we private label for national industrial supply companies that you would instantly recognize.
Not our grandfather’s rag packing operation
Our process has evolved. In the past, employees manually construct, fill, lift, and stack boxes by hand to satisfy our customers need. We have quadrupled output while lifting the burden from our workers onto a new automated rag packing machine. Now, bales of rags are forklift(ed) into one end where through a system of teeth and conveyor belts the material is broken up. We scan 100% of our rags through a pneumatic metal detector to remove all metal and hard detritus. Once passed inspection rags are dropped into predetermined box sizes, digitally weighed, then sealed and placed on a pallet. Another machine then weigh wraps the pallet for shipping. Employees oversee the production, and are freed to work on other more ergonomic tasks.
Recycling anything is not just a win-win
It’s a must-must for our children. We have some resources below if you would like to learn more about textile recycling. We are a proud member of SMART which is an association that heightens awareness of textile recycling. Below are some resources to help you understand more about sustainability in our industry.
SMART has developed infographic banners that can be used to educate the public and your staff about Textile Reuse and Recycling:
The Lifecycle of Rags
“Donate, Recycle, Don’t Throw Away” Infographic
“The Secret Life of Textiles” Infographic
“Textile Recycling and Greenhouse Gasses” Infographic
SMART by the Numbers
We also recommend these books
Learn more about what happens to clothing you donate and textile recycling in general:
Travels of a T-shirt by Pietra Rivoli, professor at Georgetown University Salaula.
The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia by Karen Tranberg Hansen, professor at Northwestern University.