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In-Stock Fibers

Every year, Leigh Fibers purchases approximately 300 million pounds of textile waste from a diverse and wide range of suppliers. Each waste stream adds to our massive inventory of raw materials. Once sorted the fiber is used to create both branded and customer specific fiber blends.

Our in-stock inventory includes over 150 products of reprocessed textile waste and by-products; each one provides a unique set of properties. These products are used in a wide variety of end use applications. Use the pull down menu to learn more.

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Natural Fibers
With over 150 grades of reprocessed textile waste and by-products, the chances are good Leigh already has one that’s right for your application. If not, we’ll be glad to develop a blend with the fiber content, fiber length, and color you need. All of the highest quality, of course.

Cotton Comber Short staple cotton fibers left over from the combing process during which the carded cotton fiber is prepared for spinning. The primary use for cotton comber noils is in the bleaching process.
Cotton Gin Motes Waste fibers left over from the ginning process, during which the fiber is separated from the seeds and other vegetative material. Key applications for gin motes are the bedding, automotive, and furniture industries.
Cotton Linters Cotton linters are fine, silky fibers which adhere to the seeds of the cotton plant after ginning. These curly fibers typically are less than 1⁄8 inch (3.2 mm) long. Linters are traditionally used in the manufacture of paper and as a raw material in the manufacture of cellulose.
Cotton Sweeps Floor sweepings from cotton mills, often used for mattresses among other applications.
Loose Cotton
Card Waste The left-over virgin cotton fibers that accumulate in and around the machinery used in the cotton carding process.
Lint-Cleaned Card Waste
Cleaned card waste with no trash.
Willowed Card Waste
Card waste with some trash removed.
Organic Cotton
Wool
Jute A long, soft, shiny plant fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads. Jute is one of the cheapest natural fibers, and is second only to cotton in amount produced and variety of uses. Jute fibers are composed primarily of the plant materials cellulose and lignin.
Cotton Regins Fibers left over when cotton, which has already gone through the ginning process, is ginned a second time. Re-ginning is done to further clean, blend, or otherwise process the lint.
Kapok Fiber The seed-hair fiber obtained from the fruit of the kapok tree or the kapok tree itself. Also called Java cotton, ceiba, or Java kapok, the fiber moisture-resistant, quick-drying, resilient, and buoyant. Individual fibers are 0.8 to 3.2 cm (0.3 to 1.25 inches) long, averaging 1.8 cm (0.7 inch), with diameters of 30 to 36 micrometres.

Synthetic & Artificial Fibers
Leigh processes a significant amount of synthetic and artificial fibers today as it does natural fibers, resulting in more blends to suit more applications. Some of the most common we offer are listed here; those with special properties (e.g., flame retardant) can be found under Reprocessed Technical Fibers.

Nylon The generic term for man-made fibers composed of polyamides derived from coal and petroleum. Nylons exhibit high strength, elasticity, low water absorption and are quick-drying.The two main types of Nylon are Nylon 6 and Nylon 6.6.
Acrylic A synthetic polymer fiber that contains at least 85% acrylonitrile. Strong and warm, acrylic fiber is often used for sweaters and tracksuits and as linings for boots and gloves, as well as in furnishing fabrics and carpets. It is manufactured as a filament, then cut into short staple lengths similar to wool hairs, and spun into yarn.
Polypropylene A manufactured olefin fiber made from polymers or copolymers of polypropylene. This is a very tough fiber with a tenacity of 8.0 to 8.5 grams/denier and a melting point of 165° C. It is so light in weight that it floats and is highly resistant to mechanical abuse and chemical attack.
Fiber Blends
Acetate Also known as cellulose acetate, it is a valuable manufactured fiber that is low in cost and has good draping qualities. Acetate is used in fabrics such as satins, brocades, and taffetas to accentuate luster, body, drape and beauty.
Rayon Viscose A transparent fiber made of processed cellulose. Cellulose fibers from wood or cotton are dissolved in alkali to make a solution called viscose, which is then extruded through a nozzle, or spinneret, into an acid bath to reconvert the viscose into cellulose. A similar process, using a slit instead of a hole, is used to make cellophane.
Polyester A manufactured fiber in which the fiber forming substance is any long chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of an ester of dihydric alcohol and terephthalic acid. They are high is strength and are resistant to shrinking and stretching.

Textile By-Products
While scrap and waste are primary elements in Leigh’s reprocessed products, we use many other sources. The following by-products of textile processing all have properties that add value in the right application.

Threadwaste The hard, thready waste left on bobbins or collected during mill operations such as spinning, twisting, and weaving. Un-sized thread waste is chopped and shredded into a fibrous condition and used for spinning, casket pillows and mattresses, non-woven products and more.
Producers Waste/Quench Waste
Tow Waste Tow waste is the short or broken fibers, created during the processing of flax, hemp, jute and synthetics, which are gathered and cut up to produce staple fiber for yarn spinning, twine and upholstery stuffing.
Filament Refers to a continuous fiber such as natural silk or synthetic, as opposed to cellulose, cotton or wool which is known as a fiber.
Cutting/Rags
Non-Wovens Non-woven textiles are those which are neither woven nor knit, for example felt. Non-wovens are typically not strong (unless reinforced by a backing), and do not stretch. They are cheap to manufacture.
Carpet Scraps/Sweeps
Cotton Sweeps Floor sweepings from cotton mills, often used for mattresses among other applications.
Yarn on Tubes, Damaged Yarn, Odd Lot Yarn

Technical Fibers
Leigh offers a range of technical and specialty fibers designed to be used in a variety of high-intensity applications. From providing components to meet fire retardancy standards to processing high strength fibers, Leigh can help you to meet the requirements of your industry.

Fire-Retardent Products A chemical compound that can be incorporated into a textile fiber during manufacture, or applied to a fiber, fabric, or other textile item during processing to reduce its flammability.
Aramid Aramids fibers are a class of strong, heat- and fire-resistant synthetic fibers used in aerospace and military applications, bicycle tires and more. The term is a contraction of aromatic and polyamide. This group of fibers consists of both meta- and para-aramids.
Pre-Blends, Shoddy and other components

Shoddy
At Leigh we’re proud to do a shoddy job! Shoddy is a term for a blend of opened fibers that can be designed to meet almost any specification. This blend could include virgin or waste material and synthetic or natural fibers.

Airlay Products The quality of fiber needed to produce airlaid fabrics which are very absorbent, yet lightweight. They’re made by converting soft, random-laid fibers made from wood pulp or synthetic fibers into a sturdy and absorbent web, using air instead of water to transfer the fibers.
Garnetting Products Any hard or soft textile waste that is suitable for the garnetting process (See garnet machine).
Blowing Products
Denim A rugged cotton twill textile.

Recycled Carpet
Discarded carpeting accounts for some 6% of all landfill content, and carpet reprocessing (post-consumer and post-industrial) is a growing focus for Leigh. Our process includes agglomeration and machining into fibers for garneting. This produces a substantial volume of Nylon 6 and Nylon 6.6 that can then be used in the manufacture of other products, as well as polypropylene and polyester.

Cleaned Carpet Fiber
Nylon 6 Also known as cast Nylon, Nylon 6 is a tough, elastic and lustrous synthetic fiber with high tensile strength. It is wrinkle-proof and highly resistant to abrasion and chemicals such as acids and alkalis.
Nylon 6.6 Nylon 6.6 (extrudable Nylon) is a moldable and extrude-able general-purpose Nylon. Similar to cast Nylon in strength, elasticty and absorption but with a much higher melting point.
Polypropylene (PP) A manufactured olefin fiber made from polymers or copolymers of polypropylene. This is a very tough fiber with a tenacity of 8.0 to 8.5 grams/denier and a melting point of 165° C. It is so light in weight that it floats and is highly resistant to mechanical abuse and chemical attack.

Plastics
Considering the high volume of plastic products and packaging — and the waste they generate — it should be no surprise that Leigh diverts significant volumes of plastics from landfills, as well as fibers. We reprocess both post-industrial and post-consumer plastic waste, in a variety of forms.

Polypropylene (PP) A manufactured olefin fiber made from polymers or copolymers of polypropylene. This is a very tough fiber with a tenacity of 8.0 to 8.5 grams/denier and a melting point of 165° C. It is so light in weight that it floats and is highly resistant to mechanical abuse and chemical attack.
Polyethelene (PE) A manufactured fiber made of polyethylene, often in monofilament form as well as in filament form. The fibers have low specific gravity, very low retention of moisture, the same tensile weight wet or dry, are resistant to mildew and insects.
Polyethelene Terephthelate (PET) A fluoride containing manufactured fiber characterized by high chemical stability, relative inertness and high melting point. The fiber has moderate tensile strength, resistance to chemicals and the effects of high temperature. It has very low frictional characteristics and has a slippery hand. It works well in filtration, packaging and in combination with other fibers in self lubricating bearings.
Nylon 6 Also known as cast Nylon, Nylon 6 is a tough, elastic and lustrous synthetic fiber with high tensile strength. It is wrinkle-proof and highly resistant to abrasion and chemicals such as acids and alkalis.
Nylon 6.6 Nylon 6.6 (extrudable Nylon) is a moldable and extrude-able general-purpose Nylon. Similar to cast Nylon in strength, elasticty and absorption but with a much higher melting point.

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