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Meet Madeline Miller

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madeline Miller. Them and their team share their story with us below:

NexTiles is a Detroit-based textile recycling and secondary use company specializing in manufacturing eco-friendly building insulation that can re-enter the circular economy at the end of its life. 

The NexTiles vision uses textile waste from Detroit’s automotive and apparel manufacturing industries as feedstock for a circular building insulation material. 

NexTiles will change lives for Detroiters by locally manufacturing building insulation to create clean jobs, decreasing the utility burden on families, increasing diversity in the energy industry, diverting textile waste from landfills, and contributing to the growth of the circular economy. 

NexTiles is led by a scientist and researcher who happens to be an African American woman. She has strong relationships in Detroit’s sustainability and entrepreneurial ecosystems and truly cares about the well-being of Detroiters. 

Madeline Miller is an Environmental Scientist working to alleviate the burden of textile waste on the natural environment. Madeline believes that every human should feel accountable for protecting our Earth and its valuable resources. 

The idea for NexTiles was born when Madeline combined her interest in the inner workings of the fashion industry with her passion for the environment. 

A Detroit native, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Spelman College and a Master of Professional Science degree in Coastal Zone Management from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Madeline is elated to share her circular textile waste vision with her hometown and the world. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
NexTiles’ journey hasn’t been smooth. Madeline Miller started this business at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and faced many challenges identifying potential recycling clients and insulation customers during a period of widespread quarantine. 

While many manufacturers are transitioning to more sustainable waste discard methods, there are, of course, companies that do not see value in repurposing textile waste and will continue to use landfill as their primary method for discarding waste. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
NexTiles creates innovative products from fashion and automotive waste. Madeline began exploring textile waste during her time at the University of Miami, where she studied coastal zone management and ocean contaminants like plastic. After learning of the fashion industry’s contribution to this environmental issue, Madeline pursued an internship in textile waste management and spent a summer in Brooklyn, New York, working hands-on with a textile recycler. 

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Developing a product or service usually involves lots of pivoting and takes time, which can be discouraging. Perseverance has been really important to my success. I’m blessed to have a team of people that, much like myself, do not give up easily. 

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