Was just on the internet doing some research and happened to come across this company in Portland, Oregon (US) which was founded in 2009.
This company repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products from pre-consumer excess… with the aim of ridding the world of waste while and inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet.
The issue of textile waste at the pre-consumer end of things was not something I had considered when I started out on this challenge… my focus was squarely with the consumer patterns and waste at the end of a garments life.
Their website reports “Every week, one factory can dispose of about 60,000 pounds of textile waste that goes into landfills. That’s roughly equivalent to 113 Baby Grand Pianos!”. It had not ever occurred to me that factories could be discarding so much, when although the fabric may not be what was requested, it is perfectly good quality textile which could be used in another way (Upcycled).
Discovering this site has made me realise exactly how little I know and how inspirational and innovative people can be when motivated. If you have some time, check out this short video.
You will also find a link to their website on my links page.