We are proud to work with our donors to keep usable fabric out of the landfill and together we support Canada’s fibre arts community in making these otherwise waste materials available to the general public.
In 2020 our donors helped us to divert 29 tons of fabric and sewing-related materials from landfills.
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.
It is vision is to eradicate textile waste from Canadian landfills. We work towards this vision by selling donated deadstock online and in-person, keeping ‘waste’ fabric out of landfill and getting it into the hands of creatives.
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, patterns, sewing books
- functioning sewing machines
- knitting and embroidery supplies
Unfortunately we cannot accept used clothing, sheets, draperies or towels.
To donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.