NEW YORK - In the past three years, a New York-based nonprofit called FABSCRAP has helped prevent almost a half million pounds of leftover fabric from ending up in landfills.
FABSCRAP collects and recycles unwanted fabrics from designers such as Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Express, J. Crew and more.
"I just felt so passionate about wanting to make a change and do something that could also benefit student designers, entrepreneurs—people who were wanting to afford these fabrics and work with them," Tagle said. "I figured if there was a way to get those fabrics that were originally headed towards landfill into the hands of these creatives that could use it—that could be good for everyone."
Once FABSCRAP receives and sorts the fabrics, some materials get down-cycled for use as carpet padding or furniture lining, while the rest is available for purchase online or in store at thrift store prices.
In addition to a FABSCRAP storefront in Chelsea, a warehouse in the Brooklyn Army Terminal houses the scraps.
Between a small staff and volunteers, the company recycles 12,000 pounds of fabric and other material per month to help landfill waste, Tagle said.
Get breaking news alerts in the FOX5NY News app. It is FREE!