Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scrap Fabric Society: What to do with fabric scraps?

Selene Gibbous

Do you have a tote, box, or even a closet over flowing with scrap fabrics? Over the years one of the most frequent questions I'm asked is where/how to get rid of fabric scraps!I have always taken them in, despite the fact that our textile recycling programs do not accept fabric less than 24'' x 24''. This isn't an issue that only plagues crafters, quilters, or seamstress alike- this is an issue that has to also be dealt with in large scale manufacturing.


A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit with eco-designers, the NYC Department of Sanitation, and representatives of the NYC Garment District in efforts to create a solution to this scrap problem. There are mandates in place for production waste that frequently go ignored due to various factors- no one following up, building codes, logistics, etc etc. It's frustrating to see so many people who truly want to the right thing but don't have the resources at hand to make it happen easily. I recommended that we connect the fabric waste (mind you this sizable waste is much more then comes out of our home studios) with women's shelters in the area- provide on site training- and pass on not only a viable life skill but allow the organizations to sell/profit to help fund their programs. Not only was this solution great for the designers who can now say 100% of their materials are used and or repurposed, we're cultivating and strengthening our own communities, and keeping usable materials from our waste streams. 



This all brings me back to you- and your fabric scraps. What do you do with them? Of course there are so many fun scrapbusting projects, you can sneak scrap bits in with plush filling, create your own altered journal, or supersize them into a sweater seat! I always suggest you check with local schools (especially art teachers!), quilting guilds, and mixed media artists. Check out this list to find a Creative Reuse Center Near you. I can't believe I almost forgot to mention this- did you know that you can compost organic cotton, hemp, wool, silk, linen, bamboo viscose!? Just snip or shred those scraps into your compost bin, just remember to remove any tags, buttons, and zippers first!

Your time is valuable and so are your scraps! I hear your request and decided to take a first step at creating a wide scale solution. It's a modest effort but with your help we can develop it into something that really works. I started an account on Instagram: ScrapFabricSociety. I'll be using it to connect scrap fabrics with anyone and everyone who would like to use them and/or get rid of them. My posts will include any materials that have been collected through TrashN2Tees programs and offered to followers for FREE (just pay the shipping) I encourage everyone to use the #scrapfabricsociety and post scrap bundles you're wanting to get rid of too! I'll repost and make sure everyone gets to see it.

Like I mentioned it's a small effort but scrap lovers are out there and I want to help you find them. I would love your help creating a list of organizations or programs that might take in scrap materials- post any you know of in the comments below!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Creative Reuse Centers: Find a Location Near You


A creative reuse center, if you've never been to one- is like the motherload honey hole for anyone who loves to craft, repurpose, or upcycle. The materials aren't limited to just 'trash' though. Each location has it's own flavor but you'll find something you want to bring home at each one- or drop off! These locations also collect craft supplies, signage, textiles, industrial and architectural pieces, educational materials, toys, and more. You'll save on disposal costs, contribute to the community, and help divert  tons of materials “too good to throw away” from landfill each year! What are you waiting for?! Here's a growing list of Creative Reuse Centers in the United States and around the World!


ALABAMA           Mobile                        GRCMA-The Resource Place 

ARIZONA            Tempe                         Treasures for Teachers     

CALIFORNIA        Arcata                         SCRAP Humboldt
                          Long Beach                  Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse          
                          Los Angeles                  reDiscover at Smart Space     
                          Los Angeles                 Trash for Teaching, Inc                          
                          Mountain View             FabMo                          
                          Oakland                       
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse   
                          Palo Alto                     
The ReARt Store at Whole House Building Supply           
                          Redwood City             
RAFT--Main 2
                          Riverside                      Riverside Arts & ReUse Exchange                           
                          Roseville                      
ReCREATE                
                          Sacramento                
RAFT--Sacramento
                          San Diego                    Art FORM                         

                          San Francisco              SCRAP (Scrounger's Center for Reusable Art Parts)
                          San Jose                     Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT)--Main 1 
                          San Luis Obispo           Sm(ART) Studio
                          Santa Barbara             Art From Scrap
                          Vacaville                     Center for Imaginative Reuse  

CONNECTICUT     New Haven                 Ecoworks, Inc


COLORADO           Boulder                      ArtParts Creative Reuse Center
                            Colorado Springs        SCRAP UP
                            Denver                       RAFT--Colorado         
                            Denver                        SPACECRAFT Reuse Store and Space-to-Craft
                            Fort Collins                 In Process
                            Lakewood                   ReFrame Creative Reuse Center         


D.C                       Washington, DC           SCRAP-DC   

FLORIDA             Bradenton                  Teacher's Wishing Well                         
                          Ft. Lauderdale            
Kids in Need Resource Center   
                          Ft. Lauderdale            
Trash to Treasure
                          Gainsville                   
Tools for Schools, Alachua County Waste Management Division           
                          Gainsville                    The Repurpose Project    
                          Interlocken                 Treasure Trove Depot
                          Jacksonville               
Teachers Supply Depot, Duval County Public Schools
                          Kissimmee                  A Gift for Teaching of Osceola County        
                          Land O' Lakes             Creation Station
                          Melbourne Beach       
Reusable Resources Adventure Center
                          Melbourne Beach        Reusable Resources Association               (Network of Centers)
                          Miami                           Rethink and Reuse Center
                          Miami                           Children's Resource Center
                          North Miami               
Ocean Bank Center for Eduational Materials                         
                          North Miami                
Teacher's Universe
                          Orlando                       A Gift for Teaching
                          Punta Gorda                Teacher's Supply Depot
                          Riveria Beach             
Resource Depot
                          Sanford                        A Gift for Teaching--Seminole
                          Sanford                        Teacher's Supply Depot
                          Sarasota                      Choose to Reuse
                          Sebastian                     Reusable Resources Repository   
                          St. Petersburg             A Gift for Teaching, Pinellas County Free Store

                          St. Petersburg             The Upcycle Trading Company
                          Tallahassee                 The Sharing Tree
                          Vero Beach                 Reusable Resources Recovery Center

GEORGIA             Atlanta                     
WonderRoot Creative Reuse 
                          Carrollton                 
The Scrap Bin
                         
IDAHO                
Boise                         The ReUse Market

IOWA                  LeClaire                    Reusable Usables Creative Arts Center 

ILLINOIS              Champaign                The I.D.E.A. Store     
                           Chicago                   The WasteShed
    

INDIANA              Bloomington           
Materials for the Arts Program, Monroe County Solid Waste
                           Franklin                    Creative ReSources     
                            
   
KANSAS               Bonner Springs          Create Re-Use Center   

                           Kansas City               Recycled Materials Center, Children's Museum of Kansas  

KENTUCKY          Louisville                  
Good Garbage

LOUISIANA         
New Orleans              SCRAP NOLA 

MASSACHUSETTS  Lynn                          Extras for Creative Reuse            
                           Hampshire County     
knack: the art of creative reuse

MAINE                 Auburn                      SHAREcenter
                          Farmington               
Everyone's Resource Depot    
                          Scarborough             
Ruth's Reusable Resources     

MICHIGAN           Ann Arbor                 
The Scrap Box            
                           Detroit MI                  
Arts & Scraps  
                           Grand Rapids            
Learning from Scratch           
                           Grand Rapids             Wisemaker Creative Reuse Store & Studio
                          
 Traverse City             SCRAP--Traverse City        

MINNESOTA        
St. Paul                     Artscrap Resource Center (Art Start)

MISSOURI           
Crestwood, Chesterfield  St. Louis Teachers Recycle Center    
                         
St. Charles                 Leftovers, Etc.
                          St. Louis                    
The Upcycle Exchange {Materials Market}    
  
NEW JERSEY        Lambertville              Don't Toss It
NORTH
CAROLINA  
Asheville                 Trash , Inc. 
                           Cary                         
Cary Creative Center
                           Durham                     The Scrap Exchange
                           Hickory                    
Resource Warehouse & Gallery
NEVADA              
Las Vegas                  Reclaimed Art Suppliez


NEW MEXICO       
Albuquerque             
Wemagination 

NEW YORK           New Windsor            
New Paltz Reuse Center (formerly the Hudson Valley Materials Exchange)  
                           
Queens, Long Island City     Materials for the Arts
                           Rochester, Lakeville and Newark   Recycle Shops, at Child Care Resources Council Locations 
                           

NORTH DAKOTA  Dikenson             CURE: Creative Reuse of Recycled Elements

OHIO                  Cincinnati                 Open Ended
                         
Cleveland                 Upcycle Parts Shop                          Toledo                     Scrap4Art      
OREGON             Eugene                      MECCA          
                          Portland                   
SCRAP: The School and Community Reuse Action Project   
                          Salem                        DIYstudio

PENNSYLVANIA   Lancaster                  Lancaster Creative Reuse        That's us!
                                Lebanon              Re:Create Arts Initiative

                                Lehigh Valley       The Tinker Factory                               
                                Philadelphia         The Resource Exchange                         
                                Pittsburgh            Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
                                  York                    The Bee: gathering with purpose


RHODE ISLAND      Providence              Resources for RI Education  

SOUTH CAROLINA  Mount Pleasant        Creative Flow Reuse

SOUTH DAKOTA     Sioux Falls               JAM Art & Supplies

TEXAS               
Austin                       
Austin Creative Reuse            
                          Denton                  
   SCRAP Denton
                          Houston                    Texas Art Asylum

                          Houston                    The Center for Recycled Art
                          Richardson                CHARTREUSE Studio                             
                          San Antonio               Spare Parts Studio 


TENNESSEE          Nashville                  Turnip Green Creative Reuse 
                           Nashville                  smART!
                           Knoxville                  Knoxville Creative Reuse

VIRGINIA              Christiansburg         The New River Creative Reuse Center

                           Richmond                Stuff Redux: Richmond Creative Reuse Center
                           Alexandria               UpCycle Creative Reuse Center    

WASHINGTON        Burien                    ReTreasure Creative Reuse Studio
                            Lynnwood             
Creation Station 
                            Tacoma                  Tinkertopia
                            Seattle                    Seattle ReCreative

WISCONSIN            Sheboygan           Waste Knot Sheboygan        

 


INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE REUSE CENTERS
AUSTRALIA          Marrickville                  Reverse Garbage Co-Op  
                           West Perth                    
Remida Creative Reuse Center

BELGIUM              Brussels                        
RECircle

CANADA              Vancouver, BC              
Urban Source  
                          
Winnipeg, MB                 ArtsJunktion 

GERMANY            Berlin                             Kunst-Stoffe
                          
Hamburg                        ReMida

INDONESIA           Ubud, Bali                      Bali Creative Reuse Center

ITALY                  Reggio Emilia                 Remida 

NEW ZEALAND     Masterson                       Wairarapa Resource Center

UNITED KINGDOM                           
                           Bristol                           
Children's Scrapstore and Artrageous
                           Leeds                             Scrap Creative Reuse
                           Exeter                           
Exeter Scrapstore                   
                           Rotherham                    
Shrodoba Scrapstore                                         
                           Swindon                        
Swindon Childrens Scrapstore
    



Have you ever shopped at a creative reuse center? What did you find there? I'd love to hear about your experience tell us in the comments below.

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