It probably comes as no surprise that over my lifetime (and textile design career) I have collected a lot of fabric. When I was younger, before children and the other responsibilities that come with adulthood, I used to quilt and still hold onto some textile gems for the day I have a chance to return to that pastime.
While celebrating Weitzner’s new collection, TERRA, which is dedicated and inspired by the beauty and wonder of the natural world. It seemed only fitting that alongside an appreciation, we would highlight some of these innovative textile recycling companies.
I’ll introduce you to some of my favorite projects working to reduce unused textiles:
ReWeave L.A is a startup founded by Julie Benniardi and Debbie Quyang.
"ReWeave L.A. was founded on the belief that sustainable luxury is possible.”
The mission of ReWeave L.A. is to take discarded fabric scraps and samples and transform them into one-of-a-kind or small batch luxury home goods.
By celebrating the chance and beauty of unexpected combinations of materials, the resulting designs are truly soulful and unique.
To see more of ReWeave L.A and their work, click here.
Fabscrap is a NYC-based startup founded by Jessica Schreiber. New York City Department of Sanitation as a Senior Manager in the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, heading up their textile recycling pilot program.
Fabscrap collects unused textile samples, scraps and misweaves from design studios around the city - including Lori Weitzner Design! Their dedicated team and invaluable interns then sort the fabric, and offer the unused yardage for re-sale in their Sunset Park, Brooklyn location.
The textile waste that cannot be resold is further broken down and recycled into industrial products - think high density felt or insulation!
We have been working with Fabscrap in our studio for about five years and we really value the service they provide. They come to your studio or office to collect the textiles and it’s as easy as could be!
To learn more about Fabscrap, along with their resale shop hours, click here!
If you’re interested in household textile recycling in New York City, Wearable Collections; Clothing and Shoes Reuse offers a variety of options to sustainably minded residents. Wearable Collections was founded in 2004 by Adam Baruchowitz. After watching a single bag of unworn clothing left in his apartment hallway for weeks, he realized that something needed to change.
Wearable Collections has a number of booths throughout the city to donate household textiles and clothing - they look a bit like phone booths! What’s more, you can request a collection bin for your building or host a collection drive. They also have a partnership with GrowNYC, which means they are at 31 weekly Greenmarkets throughout the city!
There is not one easy answer to recycling and sustainability, and it is not always so straight forward as to what is actually better or worse for the environment. We must all do our part, and support these - and many other - exciting initiatives to create a more renewable and mindful future.