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A New Quilt Finds A Happy New Use

By Textiles

The quilt is just about finished! It will be donated to Project Linus which distributes homemade blankets to children in need of comfort. It’s hard to imagine the reassurance and happiness this colorful quilt will bring to a child this Christmas.

Since ‘reduce-reuse-recycle’ was introduced in 1976, recycle has been most ingrained in our thoughts and actions about waste. It may surprise you that of the three r’s, recycling is the most harmful to our environment. Precious resources such as water and electricity are used in abundance during the actual recycling process. Transporting discarded items from curbside bin to recycle plant to production site of new materials to point of sale requires trucks and trains sending emissions into the atmosphere. The recycling process of even one plastic bottle greatly impacts the earth and its resources.

At ScrapsKC we encourage our community to ‘reduce-reuse-refuse’. Purchase less. Use what you have. And, don’t accept it if you don’t need it.

By simply reusing the colorful, unwanted fabric for this quilt, our volunteer produced three wins — reduced landfill waste, created an invaluable treasure, and transformed the life of a child in-need. 

We greatly appreciate your interest in our mission at ScrapsKC.

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Textile’s Unfashionable Side

By Textiles

How can you not be delighted by these colors and the quirky M&Ms!!? The colorful textiles unwanted by one seamstress are now being creatively transformed into a child’s quilt by another seamstress. 

Reusing material helps alleviate the environmental impacts hovering over each step of textiles’ lifecycle.  Cotton is grown with heavy pesticides and synthetic fabrics are created using crude oil. Washing synthetic clothing releases microplastics into our waterways. Discarded textiles in landfills create greenhouse gasses and toxins that seep into our soil and water.  Textiles have become the second largest waste stream into landfills as a result of fast fashion, irresponsible purchasing habits, and over-consumption.  In 2018 alone, 17,000 million tons of textiles were generated and more than 11,000 million tons wound up in landfills! 

This year, ScrapsKC has diverted close to 15 tons of textile waste from community members, businesses and manufacturers. These textiles find a new home through our customers to curb the amount of new waste into our community or are diverted to a recycler who creates a new and necessary product from the textiles.

On Friday, find out where this adorable quilt will be headed and whose life it will impact.

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Finding Creative Second-Life for 200 Tons of KC’s Material Waste

By Textiles

A seamstress purchased this adorable fabric with good intentions. But, it sat on her shelf until she no longer had use for it and brought it to ScrapsKC.  

Over this week we’re going to follow how this fabric both found a creative, heart-warming new use and offers one approach to the environmental concern of 11,000 million tons of discarded textiles choking landfills.

ScrapsKC started in 2016 with the belief that ‘reduce-reuse-refuse’ of material offered our community a winning formula with environmental and social benefits. Before the doors opened, founders Brenda and Jeff Mott spent many months reaching out to businesses and manufacturers for by-products otherwise headed to the landfill. Brenda and Jeff ended up stockpiling 12 tons of creative reuse materials in their house for the beginning of ScrapsKC.

From that original 12 tons four years ago, the Kansas City community, businesses and manufacturers have helped us divert over 200 tons of materials from the landfill! These items have been resold to support our mission, redirected to other organizations in need, or responsibly disposed of. Designers, teachers, families, makers and other community members visit Scraps to find unique items to creatively reuse. Our joy comes from seeing unwanted items transformed into something of value by our talented customers.

Check back Wednesday to see how a ScrapsKC volunteer is creatively reusing these colorful textile pieces.

To find out more about our environmental work, here.