We’ve launched a movement in Michigan to fight waste and support living wage jobs.
Did you know that textiles are the third biggest polluter in Kent County landfills?
While textiles do decompose over time, they emit 72 times more methane than glass, metal, and paper combined—and methane is a major contributor to accelerating global climate change. So, instead of throwing these materials away, we’re creating new products that support jobs and landfill diversion right here in West Michigan.
Here’s how we’re making a difference:
- Since 2016, we have maintained that at least 50% of our staff must be diverse and representative of our community.
- We have created more than 20 jobs.
- As our company grows into a worker-owned business, we will intentionally continue to seek out and hire diverse creatives as staff, contractors, vendors, and suppliers.
- We have collected more than 80,000 lbs of textile scrap and salvaged materials since 2016.
- In 2019 alone we diverted 4.2 tons of textiles from our landfills.
- We have upcycled thousands of pounds of textiles into products so far!
- We work with suppliers and manufacturers across the community to help them meet their circular economy goals and to re-purpose scrap and salvaged materials into quality upcycled products.
- Over the next few years, our goal is to divert more than 68 tons of textiles from our landfills per year.
- We are working with area corporations on circular economy approaches to upcycling textiles at scale.
- We aim to work with more local designers and entrepreneurs to grow the creative economy in Grand Rapids.
- We intentionally support designers and entrepreneurs of color, along with any who hope to use upcycled materials to grow their product lines in Michigan.