Textile Recycling Partnerships: Weaving Together or Wearing Each Other Out?.
Abstract: This thesis investigates the potential of textile recycling
partnerships by examining how initiatives fulfill the goals of creating quality jobs for
low- skilled workers, decreasing municipal solid waste costs, increasing environmental
benefits, and encouraging residential participation. It examines how the composition of the
partnerships and ways partners work together influence the... read moresustainability of their
partnerships and the how they pursue their goals. Findings suggest that more integrated
partnerships are harder to pursue and maintain than those with less interdependence among
actors. Less integrated partnerships between local governments and rag- graders can create
environmental benefits and reduce costs to local government. Partnerships including
nonprofits increase residential participation and create quality jobs for low-skilled
workers while maintaining the environmental and cost savings benefits. However, nonprofits
seem to make the partnerships less sustainable. The more actors involved, the more goals
are fulfilled, but the initiative is likely to be less sustainable in the
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Laurie Goldman.
Committee: Ann Rappaport.
Keywords: Textile research, and Environmental studies.read less