FABSCRAP recycles fabric from design and fashion companies in NYC
New York City residents dispose over 200,000 tons of clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens every year. Textiles alone comprise 6% of the city’s total post-consumer waste stream. Additionally, industrial fabric collectors require minimum volumes of fabric scraps (approx. 20,000 boxes) to be collected, which forces smaller textile groups to throw away excess materials. Jessica Schreiber, Founder of FABSCRAP, started her business in 2016 to reduce the amount of discarded materials ending up in landfills. FABSCRAP, also referred to as FAB, is a textile waste recycling non-profit located in Jamaica, Queens. Jessica previously worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation as Senior Manager of Recycling and Sustainability. During her time, she launched New York’s first-ever curbside clothing pickup program. Soon after she began her venture to serve all business sizes with the ultimate goal of eliminating waste.
FAB’s business model is eco-friendly, sustainable, and easy. The company schedules pickups with connected suppliers, sorts the materials by fiber content, and then recycles or reuses the materials. FAB recycles 100% Cotton, 100% Polyester, and 100% Wool materials. These are often too small for reuse and are shredded to create insulation, carpet padding, furniture lining, moving blankets, etc. The charitable non-profit is looking for alternative ways to recycle e-polyester, lycra, and elastane. After all materials are collected and consolidated at their warehouse in Queens, visitors can shop for fabric scraps via an appointment.
“FABSCRAP is your one-stop textile reuse and recycling resource”
FAB offers a unique ‘volunteer program’ that rewards participants with free fabric scarps. Volunteers who help sort fabric scrap are compensated with 5lbs of any materials. Not only do you get free materials but you get to learn about the latest materials with a hands-on approach. Sometimes fabric scraps are even collected from Fashion Week events. Fashion brands working with FAB include J. Crew, Marc Jacobs, Express, Nautica, and 46 others.