To create greater appreciation and awareness for reusable textiles.
ARTA serves its members in several ways. The association:
Promotes the value of and need for reusable textiles through education conferences, seminars, marketing and sales resources, research, and by creating a library of data on the benefits of reusable textiles.
Provides a forum for the exchange of information among all interested parties, focusing on key economic and environmental issues that offer opportunities for membership involvement.
Promotes ARTA’s concerns to legislative and regulatory decision-makers.
ARTA is committed to position reusables as the first choice among consumers.
ARTA supports the three R's of sustainability — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle — and promotes the three C’s of reusable textiles — Comfort, Cost, and Conservation.
For example, in the healthcare industry, reusable textiles offer benefits of:
COMFORT: The softness of washable textiles is unsurpassed in garments for patients and surgical staff and in bed linen, toweling, and other flatgoods.
COST: When the price of single-use, disposable goods - acquisition, storage, and removal - is compared to reusable textiles, serviceable for hundreds of washings, the ratio is 2 to 1.
CONSERVATION: Carefully engineered medical devices made of cloth for use again and again under professional laundering conditions provide a solution to the worsening problems of waste disposal and polluted air from disposables’ incineration.