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About Us

i + g cohen Limited have been at the forefront of textile recycling since 1959. Founded by Gerald Cohen and his father Israel, the company started in the Chorlton area of Manchester with one employee by sorting, baling and delivering rags. As business grew twelve months later, we moved to Salford where we have remained ever since.

The company continued to grow throughout the 1960s and 70s. Gerald’s son Elliot Cohen joined in 1975 which was a great source of pride for the family with three generations working together. We experienced some tough times during the recession in the 1980s, but a move to our current location of Bazaar Street in Salford and exporting goods for the first time to Togo in West Africa allowed the business to survive.

The 1990s saw new export markets established in African countries and we also started to export to Eastern Europe. In 1993, i + g cohen’s first textile bank was placed in the newly opened Meadow hall shopping centre in Sheffield.

The new millennium saw the beginning of a long period of innovation and diversification including the introduction of "Giant Bales" and pioneering new methods of collecting clothes, namely kerbside collections. We developed our professional fundraising arm in 2005 raising money for numerous charities including Macmillan Cancer Relief, Blind Children Uk (formerly NBCS), Action for Children, WCRF and The Christie Charitable Fund. We now operate a number of diverse textile recycling schemes including textile bank services and charity shop collections as well.

i + g cohen received the much coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in 2008 which coincided with our 50th birthday celebrations. Now employing over fifty people, we are now exporting to new markets including Pakistan and India and working with local authorities, waste management companies and charities on exploring innovative ways to divert hundreds of tonnes of used clothing and textiles from landfill every week.