Fabscrap, a New York-based non-profit organisation, has entirely committed itself to reusing the waste from textile sector — especially textiles that cannot be given or donated.
Each day, around 3,000 pounds of textile waste arrives at Fabscrap’s huge warehouse. It is worth noting that in 2018, Fabscrap collected a total of 1,50,000 pounds of fabrics.
While substantiating on the same, Jessica Schreiber, Founder, Fabscrap, averred that there is a huge scope to do more as that number accounts for only one-third of the textile waste that comes out of New York’s fashion industry.
Schreiber added that her organisation gets busy after fashion shows. “The brands will do a big clean out after a season,” said the young founder.
Notably, 54 per cent of the fabric collected is recycled, another 41 per cent is resold and 5 per cent ends up in the landfill.
Schreiber, having a Master’s degree in climate and society from Columbia University, used to personally collect textile waste for the initial year-and-a-half and then bring the waste to her small apartment in taxis or rental trucks. She then used to sort the scraps, and either resold them or took them to a shredder.