A few days ago, my good friend Alicia sent me a link she'd found on Facebook for an organization called ZeroLandfill. Here's how they describe themselves:
"ZeroLandfill™ is an award winning upcycling program held seasonally that supports the supply needs of local artists and arts educators while reducing pressure on local landfill capacity."
The link Alicia sent me was about a collection drive put on by the Chicago branch, coming up in April. We've both been working on de-cluttering, so she thought I'd be interested.
And was I ever! Although I'm getting ready to leave town, I wanted to make sure I had things ready to take to the drive when I get back. So I spent all of yesterday morning going through my two huge fabric scrap tubs and pulling out everything acceptable in the drive - pieces as small as 2" x 2" are taken, of all kinds of non-hazardous materials. I filled four large shopping bags with fabric scraps and managed to totally free up one of my tubs!
|With my shoes for scale! These are the BIG bags!|
The reason this is so exciting for me is that fabric scraps make up a large part of my fabric "stash." That's because I only throw away the smallest, unusable pieces. And that's because I don't want to clutter up landfills with this stuff. I tried to find some recycling options for fabric scraps about a year ago, but came up empty-handed. So I've just been holding on to this stuff, hoping that some day I'd figure out a way to use it, pass it on to someone who would or find an eco-friendly way of disposing of it.
I know that there are a lot of scrap fabric project ideas out there, but honestly, I don't find it fun to make those things for the most part. So this organization is a perfect solution for me - and so much the better that the materials are used by artists and in education. When I was a teacher (back in the day) I used to take all my leftovers to my classroom for the kids to use. But since moving here, I don't really have a relationship with any school so I haven't pursued that.
I spent a fair amount of time looking around on the website. It looks like there are branches in many cities across the US, and even in Toronto! This link has a map of chapters in existence already, and a contact for starting new chapters. The link for the Chicago chapter I gave above goes to their Facebook page rather than to a website, so if you want to find the post about the upcoming drive, scroll down to the Feb. 26 post.
Have any of you ever heard of this organization? Do you have other resources for disposing of fabric or yarn scraps in a responsible way? I was really excited to share this with all of you, because I think I may not be the only one with this problem!