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.

Environmental Impact / Stats

1481

Kg of textiles reclaimed

3080

Kg of CO2 diverted away from landfill

16

Kg of textiles diverted to education

*Stats correct as of 17th of May, 2019

How We Reclaim Fabric

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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.
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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
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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