“Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.”
- ABVI and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes are partnered organizations that strive to have a positive impact on Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.
- A portion of the profit made from Goodwill goes directly towards benefiting the Blind and Visually impaired through ABVI.
- Goodwill currently generates their income from selling second-hand apparel and items to the general public and other organizations at a discount price.
- As per Goodwill’s mission statement, their main goals are to create jobs and fund innovative community based programs.
- Once clothes are donated to Goodwill, they are sorted based on item category and quality.
- Items are not sorted based on material type.
- Clothing with rips or stains are baled and sold for around 10 cents a pound to recycling companies.
- Wearable but lower quality clothes are sent to clearance centers to be sold by the pound to the public at discount. If these clothes are not sold in a certain amount of time then they are baled with the rejected clothes.
- The clothes donated come in all different fabric types.
- Currently the only sorting done is to separate by quality and category of clothing.
- Material sorting based on fabric properties will be a key step in the process.
- Fabrics range from 100% natural fibers to synthetic fibers like polyester.
- Mixes of natural and synthetic fibers may be problematic when sorting.
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- Goodwill is not utilizing incoming rejected clothes to their fullest extent
- All rejected clothes are upcycled within Goodwill into a profitable product
- To develop a profitable product or products that are made from Goodwill’s rejected clothes that will create and sustain jobs in the greater Rochester area
- Our base materials will consist of rejected apparel of different fabric composition
- Product should be easily manufacturable
Objectives and Key Deliverables
- Gain a greater understanding of the textile recycling industry as it pertains to Goodwill
- Explore all possibilities for a viable profitable products, from soft goods to composites
- Research ways to utilize both cotton and synthetic fibers together in one solution
- Product prototype(s)
- Work optimization production plan
- Process flow diagram
- Finished factory layout
- Marketing/business plan
- Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
- Environmental Protection Agency
Customer Requirements (Needs)
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
- The products should ideally include both recycled cotton and synthetic fabric
- Our base materials will consist of materials being wholesaled.
- The product should be easily manufacturable
- Be competitive products in their markets
- Our budget is $1500
Draft Project Plan
Next Steps - Possible Production RoutesDecomposition and Re-Spinning of Fibers
- Breaking down the rejected clothes into their base fibers then spinning them into new yard for many purposes
Creating Hard Goods from Synthetic Fabrics
- Sort out the synthetic fiber clothing and then process it into a state that can be melted down and poured into moles
Stuffing for Blankets and Pillows
- Much like the Insulation Senior Design Team
- Run all types of fabrics through a series of cutting machines until soft enough for padding
- Using fibers broken down from clothing to enhance resin or plastic based hard goods
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