We recently got a question from a reader who manufactures upholstery and was looking for fabric recycling options for off cuts and other fabric scraps that they couldn't sell. It was a good question, and one that applies to crafters just as much as folks who work with fabric on a larger scale, so I thought I'd share a few resources here for fabric recycling and reuse.
When we talk about the 3 R's, there's usually a lot of focus on recycling, but reuse is actually a much better option, from a waste and energy standpoint. You can recycle fabric, but recycling should always be a last resort, which is why fabric recycling is at the end of this list.
Fabric Recycling and Reuse
- Donate to your local Creative Reuse Center.
- Donate to a school - kids can use these in all kinds of fun art projects!
- Sell on eBay or Etsy - artists and crafters can use these in recycled sewing projects. Bundle your scraps and sell them for a few dollars each.
- Donate to local Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value Village, etc - these stores sometimes sell fabric scrap bundles, and they can often recycle the fabric they're not able to sell.
- Fabric Recycling - getting the scraps to someone who will reuse them is best, but if you can't, there are companies that recycle fabric. SMART is a great resource for finding textile recyclers in your area.
Are you stumped on how to reuse or recycle something that you can't bear to send to the landfill? Send an email through our contact page with your question!
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