About Our Social Fabric

Our Social Fabric is a non-profit Vancouver group that helps recycle excess fabric from manufacturers, the movie industry, and more. Through monthly sales, we put the fabric into the hands of creators in our community.

We recently re-opened and had our first sale at our new location.

Our store space at #340—1275 Venables Street is full of fabulous fabrics rescued from the landfill. Most are high quality sample fabrics donated directly to us from the film industry, factories, and production facilities. Much of the fabric is still on the bolt and unused. We have a wide variety of wools, cottons, linens, polyester blends, and technical fabrics from a wide range of places like Westport Manufacturing and Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Fabric sales are staffed by volunteers, and proceeds go to maintaining the space and helping us to build awareness around issues related to the textile industry.

We want to be a part of a larger community of people that use textiles for creative means. In the future, we hope to move into textile shredding and remanufacturing.

Why Textiles?

Textiles are one the most common household items and represent a staggering proportion of the solid wastestream: approximately 16kg per person, or a total of 33,600 tonnes in Metro Vancouver in 2006, to give you an idea.

Despite the volume of this waste, few options exist to reuse or recycle salvageable textile items – and next to none for those items that cannot be resold. As a result, these textiles end their still-functional lives in the landfill or waste-to-energy incinerator.

Our Social Fabric believes that this unnecessary waste can not only be avoided, but channeled to create positive change in Vancouver. Aside from the obvious benefits of reducing waste diverted to landfills and waste-to-energy facilities, textile recycling provides local creatives with the raw materials to produce clothing, crafts, and more.

Get Involved

We invite Metro Vancouver residents to get involved by attending our monthly fabric sales, donating high-quality fabric to our inventory, or volunteering with us. You can help the environment and help support creativity in our community!

For more info contact us at oursocialfabric@gmail.com!

You can also like us on Facebook, join our mailing list, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram @oursocialfabric!