We aim to make sewing affordable and approachable, and ultimately, to eradicate textile waste from Canadian landfills.
Working in partnership with our donors, we kept an astonishing 20 tons of textiles and sewing related materials out of landfill in 2021. Over the past five years we diverted a staggering 85.5 tons. That’s the equivalent of nearly seven school buses!
Textiles are one the most common household items and represent a staggering proportion of the solid waste stream: approximately 16kg per person, or a total of 33,600 tonnes in Metro Vancouver in 2006.
Interested in donating?
We are pleased to accept donations of:
- unused fabric of 1/2 meter length or more (full width please)
- quilting cottons
- sewing related items such as trims, sewing tools, notions and patterns
- functioning sewing machines
- knitting and embroidery supplies
Our library is currently full so we cannot accept sewing books at this time.
We do not accept used clothing, sheets, draperies or towels.
To donate, please email email@example.com and our Donations Coordinator will contact you to arrange a time for drop-off.
What happens next?
Textiles are sorted by staff and volunteers, priced and set out for sale in our store or our website.
Prices are very affordable and proceeds from sales help to pay for rent and business expenses. Any surplus is reinvested in our operations or used to nourish and support Canada’s fibre arts community and slow-fashion movement.
More than fabric sales
Your donation not only gives new life to otherwise waste fabric it also helps to support our organisation and our wider community. Our Social Fabric currently provides employment to five people. Our business strategy is shaped so that we might give financial and in-kind support for fibre arts related organisations, educational institutions and other non-profits working in our region.
In the last year this support has included:
- a financial donation to the Red Cross BC Floods and Extreme Weather Appeal
- an in-kind donation to Lillooet artisan Nadine Baker for an appeal to recreate sacred items lost by the Nlakapamux Nation in Lytton wildfire
- a financial donation to Reconciliation Canada to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
We are passionate about nurturing future talent and vision in sustainability. As such we are currently in our third year of sponsorship for the "Wilson School of Design and Our Social Fabric Zero Waste Design Competition" at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Our Social Fabric has been awarded the Reel Green Approved Vendor certification by Creative BC and BC's Motion Picture Industry. Reel Green Approved Vendors demonstrate a standard level of sustainability in their organizations. OSF is committed to helping BC's Motion Picture Industry with it's goal to be more sustainable!
Our Social Fabric is also a Certified Social Enterprise Supplier with Buy Social Canada whose mission is to promote social procurement by bringing socially driven purchasers and social enterprise suppliers together and to build business relationships that generate social benefits to communities across Canada.
Photo courtesy of Ripple of Change magazine.