With beginnings in the late 1940's, Ohio Mills Supply Co. has been in the textile recycling business for over half a century. Our name tells the story of our beginnings. Our early history was centered around supplying Cleveland’s Heavy Industry with cloth and wiping rags made from second-hand textiles.
Ohio Mills Corp has grown with today's globalized world, now reclaiming millions of pounds of discarded textiles from our waste stream for re-use and re-purposing both domestically and abroad. We supply local, family owned community thrift stores across three continents.
Based in Cleveland and with recycling programs in nearly every county in Ohio and now growing in Kentucky, Indiana and Virginia, Ohio Mills is still a family owned and operated company.
Non- Profit Partnerships
Ohio Mills is proud to have been recycling second hand textiles in an exclusive Partnership with Special Olympics state organizations for nearly 20 years. Every year we purchase and recycle millions of pounds of used clothing that have been donated to Special Olympics in 4 states.
We belong to one of the first ‘Green’ Industries. With roots dating back to the Industrial Revolution, the industry has only grown in size and efficiency. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling textiles can be as much as 95% efficient when all means of reuse and recycling are utilized.
- Why Recycle?
The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.
While the EPA estimates that the textile recycling industry recycles approximately 3.8 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) each year, this only accounts for approximately 15% of all PCTW, leaving 85% in our landfills.
The average US citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually.