Reclaiming Fabric

One of the biggest negative environmental impacts comes from fabrics. FRP has recently started reclaiming fabric as part of our mission is to protect the environment and divert surplus material away from landfill and use it to inspire social change.

Why we reclaim fabric

Reduce Landfill and CO2 Emissions

It is estimated that of 400 billion m2 of fabric made every year, 60 billion m2 ends up on the cutting room floor. When disposed in landfill, dyes and chemicals in fabric can leach into the soil, contaminating both surface and groundwater. FRP offers an intervention in the chain of fabric production to reduce an impact on landfill and CO2 emissions.

Alternative end-of-life

Fabric waste normally goes to landfill. FRP offer an alternative end-of-life system by using reclaimed fabric to encourage social change. FRP offers volunteering opportunities where community members come together to learn about sustainability and gain new skills in working with fabric. Fabrics are also being made available for creative projects in schools and community organisations.

click here for more information on how to reuse fabrics.Click here to watch the video made in partnership with North London Waste Authority to help find inspiration on how and why to revamp household items.

Environmental Impact / Stats


Kg of textiles reclaimed


Kg of CO2 diverted away from landfill


Kg of textiles diverted to education

*Stats correct as of 17th of May, 2019



The great news is that we have recently received lots of amazing donations but the downside to this is that our limited storage area is currently full. As a result, we may not be able to take your donation in the short term until we have space.

However, please do send us the following details and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

  1. Fabric types, sizes, composition, intended usage, colour, and quantity and attach pictures. 
  2. Descriptions of any other items – craft items, wool, or haberdashery.
  3. Provide your address or postal code area and whether you can deliver the donation. If you are local, we may be able to collect your donation.

Note – that we do not take clothing, curtains or other already made items.

The more information you can provide, the more you help us to respond to you quickly. 

Our aim is to reduce the impact of fabric wastage and fabrics going to landfill or incineration. Donated fabrics are used by the charity to teach volunteers from the community new skills in sewing and craft, or they are sold in our shop, giving the fabric a second life, and generating funds for the charity. For more information on the Forest Recycling Project, please visit our website

How We Reclaim Fabric


Step One - Donate and Recycle with FRP

If you are a London-based maker or company (e.g. upholsterer, exhibition company, film production company, home-ware, interior designer, fashion designer, theatre, architecture or design company) that produces surplus or fabric waste, such as unwanted bolts, end-of-line pieces and samples you can donate and recycle us with us.

Step Two - Volunteering and Skill Sharing Opportunities

We work with local communities and residents, offering meaningful volunteering opportunities and skills sharing sessions to gain experience in the sustainability sector. We also provide corporate volunteer sessions tailored for companies interested in corporate responsibility

Step Three - Fabric Resource Memberships

FRP wants to support creative learning in early education and school settings. Using reclaimed fabric is a cost effective way for schools to access materials – and a great way to showcase to children how waste can be a resource.

Sign up for our new schools membership scheme for Early Years, Primary and Secondary and FE school settings, where you can access fabric as a resource for creative projects, for performance, plays and PTA seasonal events or creating safe zones in nursery settings.
By purchasing our membership you are supporting us to engage in meaningful skills-sharing opportunities with our volunteers.

Reclaimed Fabric Project Gallery