Over the last three years of building up and running my business, I have become much more aware of textile waste, trying hard not to fall into the trap of casually creating rubbish. As a sewer, creator, artist, up-cycler of mostly fabrics I create scraps, most of which I keep and find other uses for but there are some bits, tiny cuttings and threads that I struggled to find purpose for, and yet I keep always hoping that I will find use for them.
It a timeless world I would start making toys and use all the scraps as stuffing, but that’s another business, and not quite what I’m aiming for or where my passions lie – but it got me thinking… there must be someone who would appreciate my waste! After all, charity shops, garage sales and car boots are packed to the brim with people finding treasures from others rubbish.
I have always been conscience of waste, an avid recycler and hoarder of all those things that I “might use one day” or “will be perfect for something
I started asking around in some sewing groups on social media and within only a few minutes had two willing participants, one after smaller scraps of fabric and one who wanted threads and stuffing materials… “I was overly excited about this!”
Here I am trying to promote the circular economy and reduce landfill and waste and I had found two other people who would assist me in that commitment.
I’m still not completely free of waste, there is only so much scrap people are willing or able to use and I create a fair amount as I’m at my sewing machine most days. For now I’m content, I’m happy! I’m happy to have found an outlet, I know there will be others that will want the scraps I have to offer and each little step is in the right direction towards a Circular Economy