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Fabscrap repurposes textile scraps to counter fashion's waste problem

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

New York-based nonprofit Fabscrap collects, organizes and repurposes textile scraps from the city's design offices, to divert as much unused material as possible from being landfilled or incinerated.

New York-based nonprofit Fabscrap collects, organizes and repurposes textile scraps from the city's design offices, to divert as much unused material as possible from being landfilled or incinerated.

Founded in 2016 by its CEO Jessica Schreiber, Fabscrap was created to meet the city's commercial textile recycling needs.

Before founding Fabscrap, Schreiber worked at the New York City Department of Sanitation and was running the city's clothing recycling program.

While there, Schreiber says many brands reached out about how to deal with their textile scraps, but "there wasn't a place that could handle the sheer volume of what was being thrown away. "

For over the past few years, the nonprofit has helped address the problem -- working with some 500 brands around New York who are attempting to reduce their textile waste.

Some designers can feel "a little guilty of how much fabric they're throwing away," says Schreiber, who added that Fabscrap receives 8,000 pounds of waste a week.

The vice president of sustainability, product and business strategy at the brand, Dana Davis, says Fabscrap helped Mara Hoffman become more sustainable.

we were just really overwhelmed with the textile waste. "

When a company is interested in Fabscrap's service, they can sign up online and fill bags with their unwanted textiles.

While Fabscrap does help reduce the amount of textile waste at the design process level, there is still more work to be done.

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