Got Fabric Scraps? Here’s What To Do!

shutterstock_190994900One of the questions we are asked most commonly is “what can I do with my fabric scraps?” It turns out that Ontarians are amazing crafters and sewing is a very popular hobby, likely thanks to those long winter months we are stuck indoors!

Although we are a long way away from indoor weather, we have been receiving quite a few inquiries of late so we thought we would give you some ideas.

In a pinch, feel free to throw your odds and ends in with the things you contribute to our 50 million pound pilot project . Believe it or not, these little bits are given to cat toy manufacturers or are sometimes included in upholstery applications.

Score extra environmental points by finding applications in which to reuse your fabric scraps! There are dozens of ways that you can use even tiny bits of fabric for different practical crafts as well as creating fabulous art.

This link offers 100 ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

100 Brilliant Projects to Upcycle Leftover Fabric Scraps

This video shows you what you can do with the really tiny bits! 

Remember, even if you can’t use the wonderful crafts that you create from this material, when you add this to your recycling contribution, it actually adds more value to the collection than if you were just to add the scraps on their own, and you know that someone somewhere in the world will actually love, use and enjoy your handiwork!

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Use Our Bins!

Use a clothing donation bin to recycle your clean, dry, odourless clothing and textiles!

Make Textile Recycling Work For You

If you are fundraising for your school, church, workplace, sports club or organizations such as Girl Guides, or Scouts, we can help arrange a textile collection to help you to raise money for your cause.

Downsize Your Wardrobe!

1 in 4 North American women own 7 pairs of jeans, but only wear 4 of them. Something to think about before your next clothing purchase.

Fix Your Own Clothes

Learn to sew! You don’t have to say goodbye to a favourite shirt just because of a little rip.

Donate! Even if it's Unwearable

Nothing goes to waste in the textile recycling industry. What cannot be reused is shredded, sanitized, and recycled into rags and upholstery.

Look for Quality

Shop at stores that use sustainable materials, organic cotton, and practice fair trade!

Think Long-Term

Buy classic clothes made to last and avoid purchasing too many pieces that follow trends and are low quality.  

Swap Don't Shop!

Swap with a friend! Organize your own clothing swap, or attend an organized one.
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