the fashion industry is the second largest polluter on the planet. waste is a huge part of the problem. statistically, in the cut and sew process anywhere from 10%-30% of each meter of fabric is wasted. if we threw out fabric at this rate, we would waste about 20,000 meters of our custom fabrics each year!
instead, we've committed to finding a use for each scrap of our custom yarn-dye woven textiles from community initiatives, to recycling or repurposing.
- #nowaste pieces - we use our scrap fabric to make ace&jig pieces - via patched quilts, fabric flags, kids styles, and more.
- artist collabs - we collaborate with many thoughtful and talented artists and designers who take our fabric scraps and reinterpret them in their own designs. Past collaborations include pauline boyd of counterpane, milena silvano, thompson streets studio, lisa dorr, b sides, clarkie kabler, janelle pietrzak of all roads, and many more.
- artisan collabs - we work with Nest, a non-profit organization that employs fair trade artisans to create limited-run pieces from our scrap fabric with partial proceeds going to support their important mission.
- community engagement- we bring scrap fabrics to our community events, and give them to people who participate in our swaps to patch and repurpose in fun and inventive ways.
- scrap donations - we donate scraps to schools or other non-profits for educational purposes
- recycle - we shred or recycle any pieces that are unable to be revived. thanks to all of our no waste initiatives, this pile is usually very small!