Clothes fix-it workshop in Vancouver saves textiles from landfills

Clothing fix-it workshop in Vancouver saves textiles from landfills

When moths ate a gap by way of Sharon Kravitz’s favorite sweater, she thought it was a gonner.

Kravitz had discovered the pink wool cardigan with a black and white patterned stripe at Worth Village about three years in the past. It was made in Scotland — an unique, not an affordable knock-off. 

“I need it to final so long as it may,” she stated, sitting at a protracted desk with stitching provides in a busy room on the downtown department of the Vancouver Public Library.

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The Saturday occasion was billed as a clothes fix-it workshop. Volunteers offered the stitching machines, instruments and data without cost to assist individuals restore their clothes, with the aim of retaining broken garments out of landfills.

Over 12 million tons of previous textiles find yourself in landfills in North America every year.

The occasion was organized by Frameworq, which hosts clothes fix-its about twice a month throughout Vancouver — together with as soon as a month on the Mount Nice department. This was its first time downtown. 

Organizer Irina McKenzie says many individuals come to extend the lifetime of a cherished garment. 

“The garments which can be being mounted are, a whole lot of instances, of sentimental worth,” McKenzie stated. “It is garments that make individuals really feel comfy or protected or stunning or have some kind of reminiscence to it.”

Repeat clients

Greater than 130 individuals got here to the downtown department on Saturday carrying their cargo of treasured pants, tops and different garments.

McKenzie says about 40 individuals normally present up on the month-to-month occasions at Mount Nice — lots of them are repeat clients. 

“We wish to encourage restore actions, however we additionally wish to encourage individuals connecting to one another, speaking to one another, and studying to restore issues as a result of it is a misplaced artwork,” McKenzie stated. 

“We’ve got garments, we put on garments, and we wish garments to final, however some individuals simply haven’t got the talents or the tools to try this.”

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Usually, the holes and tears immediate dialogue among the many volunteers and individuals. Together with one of the crucial widespread ones — tears and holes within the crotch space of girls’s pants. 

“Our our bodies are designed in a method that there is extra put on and tear within the thighs,” she stated. 

Zippers are one other widespread problem, she says.

‘It is an important sweater’

McKenzie has been operating the clothes fix-it workshops for greater than three years, impressed by a course she took in social entrepreneurship. 

She thinks the recognition of Saturday’s occasion makes a robust case for a second, ongoing month-to-month drop-in fix-it — although McKenzie says the occasions, which she does not make any cash from, take up a whole lot of her time.

Final month, McKenzie registered Frameworq as a non-profit group and now hopes to draw funding to maintain the occasions going. 

Which might be excellent news to Kravitz and her pink cardigan. 

“It is mended, which is nice. I feel I’d perform a little bit extra to it,” she stated. “It is an important sweater.”

With recordsdata from Jon Hernandez

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