Since our start-up in 2009, Our Social Fabric (OSF) has been diverting textiles destined for the landfill. In 2016, OSF diverted SEVEN TONS (that’s 14,000 lbs) of textiles! Half of this came from industry and half came from the many recycling-dedicated private individuals in our community.
In 2017, OSF diverted almost 10 TONS! (19,523 lbs) of textiles from the landfill (this is an increase of 37.5% from 2016!)
In 2018 we diverted 30,262 lbs (that’s 15+ TONS!) of textiles and in 2019: 26,019 lbs (11.5 TONS!). Our Social Fabric is making a difference!
We accept donations of clean unsewn fabric, related materials (such as upholsteries), trimmings and notions from designers, manufacturers, the film industry and individuals. Textiles are sorted by volunteers, priced and set out for sale in our Shop or in our Online Store. Our customers include home sewers, small business owners, sustainable fashion designers, costumers, artists and members of our creative community. Prices are very affordable and currently proceeds from sales help to pay for rent and business expenses. In 2017 we launched a number of community initiatives including scholarships for design students interested in recycling and upcycling. We also offer discounts to elementary school teachers by providing teaching aids for their recycling and craft projects together with discounts for other non-profit organizations.
– we accept fabric donations of 1 meter length and more
– we accept small pieces of quilting cottons (half meter) and leather (min 30 cm squares)
– we accept sewing related items such as trims, sewing tools, notions, patterns, sewing books and the occasion functioning sewing machine.
Sorry, we cannot accept used clothing, sheets or towels. Please drop these items at your local charity or animal shelter. To donate, please send an e-mail to: email@example.com and our Donations Coordinator will contact you to arrange a time for drop-off.