|Fabric donations loaded up to bike to Our Social Fabric|
Our Social Fabric is a fabric recycling initiative based in the Downtown Eastside. Textiles are one of the most common household items, making up a huge proportion of our garbage. Unfortunately, despite the volume of this waste, few options exist to reuse or recycle salvageable textile items – next to none for those items that can't be resold. As a result, these textiles end their still-functional lives in the landfill or waste-to-energy incinerator.
Our Social Fabric believes that this unnecessary waste can not only be avoided, but channeled to create positive change in Vancouver. Aside from the obvious benefits of reducing waste diverted to landfills & waste-to-energy facilities, textile recycling provides local creatives with the raw materials to produce clothing, crafts, & more.
Our Social Fabric accepts donations of fabric from the movie industry, upholsterers, window covering businesses & people like me with overly large fabric stashes. After organizing the fabric bolts, 1+ metre long pieces & notions like zippers & patterns, they have regular sales on the weekends.
|Some of the buy-by-the-bag bins & by-the-metre bolts at OSF|
Another way you can help Our Social Fabric in their recycling efforts is to volunteer. They need people to help out with the sales every couple of weeks, cutting, giving out bags, carrying bolts around. Shifts are only two & a half hours long, plus you'll get to take home a bag of fabric for free!
Our Social Fabric is located at 871 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC. They're open during biweekly sales on Sundays or by appointment. To stay up-to-date on sales & other happenings with OSF, join their mailing list here, follow them on Twitter or like their Facebook page. For more information, please visit OurSocialFabric.org
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