Friday, October 31, 2008

Our ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices...

One thing I've realized about being a designer is that no matter how cautious a person is when cutting, sewing, designing, there is bound to be a staggering amount of waste fabric. Being the pack rat that I am, I have saved nearly all of my scraps over the past year, and this week I realized that I had 7 (!!) trash bags of fabric in my basement that I really needed to do something with. I decided to post an ad on craigslist to find a home for the fabric. I received 38 emails in less than 12 hours, so I had to come up with some criteria for the lucky recipient. I decided that they had to be using the fabric for a good cause, and they could not be making money from the scraps.

Most of what I had leftover was fleece, and I found the perfect match! Kathy Sayles, a volunteer for the Cat Adoption Team Shelter in Sherwood, OR ( about 20 minutes outside of Portland) contacted me about a possible donation. She makes beds for the kitties at the shelter, and is always in search of scrap fabric, especially fleece, to make the kitties feel comfortable. Kathy was very grateful for the donation, and it made me feel great as well! It's nice to know that I have a home for future leftover fabric!

Here is a photo of one of the beds Kathy made...

2 comments:

clqone1 said...

Your footprint is lighter and you are making a special difference on this planet...thank you! Catherine (daughter gina is co-owner RadishUnderground)

mthobisi said...

WE ALL KNOW THAT THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF BUSINSSES IS TO MAXIMISE PROFITS;HOWEVER A BUSINESS NEEDS TO CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF BUSINESS PROCESSES.CONSUMERS ARE NOW AWARE OF THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF THIER CONSUMTION PATTERNS AS A RESULT CONSUMERS SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTALLY EFFICIENT BUSINESSES ,AND THERFORE BUSINESSESS NEED TO RECONSIDER.