EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our Textile Reduce and Reuse event. We are grateful for the significant community interest in this event and to the partners who planned to participate. Tangletown will monitor recommendations and reschedule the event as soon as possible.
Unsure what to do with old textiles and clothes?
Access great reuse, repair, donation, and upcycling resources DATE TBD at Fuller Recreation Center (4802 Grand Ave S).
***This event is an educational event where attendees will learn how to (and be inspired to!) reduce, repair, and upcycle clothing and textiles. We are collecting a limited selection of textile items for upcycling, but we are not collecting textiles for recycling. Please see list below of textiles we will be accepting.***
If you’re feeling disappointed about Hennepin County’s tough decision to discontinue textile recycling collection (read why here), this event is for you! We will present, in a variety of ways, information about all of the ‘R’s’ that come before textile recycling—reduce, reuse, and repair. We will have organizations tabling, repair demos, and presenters. Our goal is to create mindfulness around clothing consumption, lifecycle, and its impact on the planet. Plus, we will have free food and door prizes including a $40 gift certificate to An Upcycled Closet and two $25 gift certificates to Repair Lair!
Please note: ALL are welcome to attend, we love our Twin Cities neighbors!
Participating organizations and presenters include:
- Lauren Callis Erickson with An UpCycled Closet
- Repair Lair
- Pick-A-Pair Mittens wool collection for upcycling into mittens
- Minneapolis Climate Action and Boomerang Bags
- Mobile Menders
- Donate Good Stuff
- Todd Tanner, Zero Waste Program Manager at the University of Minnesota
- Maps and Scraps
- Textile Center
Items we are collecting for donation:
- wool and wool blend sweaters with minor flaws or repair needs
- wool socks (like SmartWool socks), mismatched or with holes
- unused fabric (clean. 20″x20″ or larger)
- old towels and bedsheets, washed and dry
- old T-shirts (to be made into reusable bags and unpaper towels)
- Non-wearable (holes, stains, etc) jeans, jean jackets, and button-down shirts in men’s, women’s, and kids
Please note: all items should be washed and clean, no mold, mildew, or oil/grease.
Items that can be reused in their current state (clothing, home goods, etc) should be donated directly to a charitable organization. Donate Good Stuff is a great resource for finding organizations that accept these types of donations.
Volunteer to help!
Events like this are made possible by volunteers! Sign up for a short shift here.