we are committed to finding a use for each scrap of our custom yarn-dye woven textiles: from community initiatives, to recycling or repurposing!

statistically, in the normal 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 thousands of 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 through partnerships, collaborations, community initiatives, and more.

ace&jig 2021 commitment

this year we are committed to making things more thoughtfully and sustainably while remaining true to our vision. as part of this commitment, we will be making less clothing. instead of creating new textiles, we will be using our existing resources. any new styles we design in 2021 will be thoughtfully made from our leftover archival textiles. we are excited to creatively reinterpret these beloved fabrics into a new and heartfelt collection!

flowering cotton bud
ace & jig napkins made of leftover textile scraps.

waste not items

since our brand beginnings, we have made use of our leftover textiles and scrap fabric by creating new ace&jig pieces like patched quilts, textile flags, patch kits, masks, and much more!

patch kits 

we sell our textile scraps for good! a few times a year, we release kits of our leftover textile scrap to raise money for different organizations and nonprofits that share our values. use these scraps to patch a hole or tear in a garment, reinforce a well-loved and well-worn piece, beautify a style to give it a second life, or create something new.

ace & jig scrap bundles
ace & jig artist collaborations

artist collabs

we collaborate with artists and peers who share our commitment to reducing textile waste. they make use of our leftover textiles in order to create new and beautiful pieces. we love to see our designs reinterpreted in their creations!

ace&jig X The Renewal Workshop 

we are now sending our damaged ace&jig pieces to The Renewal Workshop to be renewed. renewing items restores value to these used, unwanted, or damaged items, and diverts more textile waste from landfills. you can send back items too! learn more about our circle back program here.

ace & jig model image
women sewing with ace & jig scraps

artisan collabs

we partner with Projecthrive, a non-profit organization that employs women artisans living at-risk in the industrial areas surrounding Delhi, to create limited-run pieces from our scrap fabric. 

scrap upcycling

instead of using new materials, we now repurpose our scraps to create small button bags for our garments that feature buttons!

these little pouches can be reused to store jewelry, as a small coin purse, or however you see fit.

button bags made of ace & jig scraps
photos of customers from a ace & jig swapping event

ace&jig swaps

we love to encourage the community-led practice of swapping. in the past, we’ve hosted events where ace&jig fans can swap styles they no longer wear with each other, giving the pieces a new life.

visible mending 

in 2019, we released our first visibly mended capsule collection. we took an assortment of one-of-a-kind damaged vintage & ace&jig pieces, and with the help of a few artist friends, brought each piece back to life by mending it beautifully with our textile scraps. stay tuned for more adventures in visible mending coming soon!  

green cargo pants mended with ace & jig scraps.
customer laying out ace & jig scraps for community quilt square

community projects

we encourage the creative reuse of ace&jig scraps by hosting craft stations at events, and engaging our fans in scrap projects like our Community Quilt.

scrap fellowships

we donate our scraps to schools and non-profits for educational purposes. learn more and apply for our next Scrap Fellowship here.

customer cutting ace & jig scraps
ace & jig textile scraps

garment end of life 

with the help of FabScrap and The Renewal Workshop, we shred or recycle any ace&jig pieces that are unable to be revived. thanks to all of our waste not initiatives, this pile is usually very small!