What is Smart? Who is SMART?

July 22, 2014 (excerpt from Ruidoso-News, By Tonya Huber)
In 2012, the most recent report on MSW, the USA trashed 20.44 billion pounds of clothing and footwear. The EPA report indicates only 14.4 percent of clothing and footwear products were recovered (recycled). Of the clothing, footwear, towels, sheets, and pillowcases that were thrown away, SMART estimates 95 percent of those items could have been reused or recycled.

Who is SMART, and how smart is it to fill the land and water with items we can recycle?

In June 2014, three leading international recycling organizations gathered for the first-ever International Textile Recycling Summit on the used clothing recycling industry. Those at the summit included members of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the Bureau of International Recycling’s Textiles Division (BIR), and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR).

At the summit, the first Leadership in Sustainable Apparel Recycling Innovator Award went to Cotton Incorporated for its Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program. Since the program began in 2006, the Blue Jeans Go Green program has diverted more than 600 tons of denim from landfills and generated more than 2 million square feet of UltraTouch Denim Insulation, which is distributed to communities in need and affected by natural disasters.

Earlier this year, SMART announced the launch of its Recycling Rangers program including free lesson plans for elementary school teachers. The goal of this year’s educational program is to heighten student, teacher and family awareness of clothing and textile recycling. Teachers are also encouraged to promote recycling by organizing textile-recycling drives at their schools. The EPA website also features the Planet Protectors Club for Kids.

ACED Award

May 2014
Adams County Economic Development recently honored Cycla LLC for business retention, at its 2014 annual awards luncheon. The event highlighted seven awardees for their exceptional contribution to the retention, growth and investment in the county.

“We are thrilled by this acknowledgment from ACED, especially coming off the heels of our 2013 Colorado Companies to Watch Award,” said Patricia McCully, Cycla President.

The event, hosted by Greg Moss, 9NEWS anchor and business reporter, also featured keynote speaker Huntington Lambert, Dean of the Division of Continuing Education at Harvard University. Click on the video to the right to watch.

Cycla is a Colorado Company To Watch


Federal Heights, CO – June 4, 2013 – Federal Heights based Cycla LLC has joined a select group of Colorado companies recognized as one of Colorado Companies to Watch. This selection acknowledges Cycla’s hard work, dedication and contribution as a growing company in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors companies that develop valuable products or services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado.

“Colorado Companies to Watch is pleased to recognize Cycla as a 2013 Winner. Cycla has redefined recycling and identified new opportunities within the thrift store market. In addition, they have made investments in non-profit organizations through their work with Recycle That LLC. Cycla’s growth and commitment to the community make it an outstanding company in Colorado. Congrats to Cycla on their continued success!” – Sam Bailey, Program Director, Colorado Companies to Watch.

“We are thrilled. Winning an award like this puts Cycla in a category of companies identified for their leadership, innovation and impact,” said Patricia McCully, President, Cycla LLC. “However, this prestige would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of our business partners and employees.”

Colorado Companies to Watch is different from other awards programs, because it focuses on our entire state, and not specific industries. Since applicants are evaluated on more than growth, it widens the playing field to companies not often recognized for the critical differences they make in their industry, their community, region and our state.

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Today is Cycla Day!

November 20, 2013

At last night’s city council meeting, the Federal Heights, Coloroado Mayor, Joyce Thomas, issued a proclamation making today “Cycla LLC Day” in the the City of Federal Heights. This act was to honor the company’s impact on the city, community and state as a 2013Colorado Company to Watch.

We are honored and grateful!