The clothing manufacturing process generates about 15 million tons of waste per year, according to the EPA, and 85 percent of apparel we buy ends up in landfill. What can we do about this?


Meet a creative entrepreneur who saw a marketplace gap and formed a non-profit to fill it, helping the environment, budding designers and others, and apparel companies at the same time.


Listen to Jessica Schreiber, founder and CEO of Fabscrap, tell Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson how she saw the huge amount of textile waste going in the trash in her job at the New York City Sanitation Department and started Fabscrap to address the problem.

You’ll hear:

  • Her journey from the NYC Sanitation Department to founding Fabscrap.
  • Why she made Fabscrap a non-profit, as opposed to a for-profit business.
  • How design students, other designers, and even individual seamstresses are using fabric scraps.
  • Which brands you see in the store are recycling their waste.
  • How Fabscrap is transforming the apparel industry, one bag, one training at a time.
  • What this waste becomes when it’s recycled – you might be surprised!

And, more…like how an obscure state law incentivizes this recycling!

What resonated with YOU about what Jessica said? Tweet us @joanmichelson or post it on our Facebook Page(and ask to join our new private Facebook group)

You’ll probably also want to listen to Joan’s interviews with:

  • Amina Razvi of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, on what manufacturers and designers are doing to reduce their environmental impact – and which ones are taking it seriously.
  • Tricia Carey of Lenzing Fabrics on how they make fabric from wood – and it’s sooo soft!
  • Karla Macgruder, CEO of Fabrikology, on how recycled and sustainable fabrics are made in the first place.
  • Annie Gullingsrud of Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute on innovations transforming fashion.

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