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General News · 8th May 2019
Helene Racine
The Cast Offs Project aims at reducing the volume of clothing the Free Store sends to the landfill by:

- Repairing
- Repurposing
- Upcycling
- and Re-using it.

We meet at the Women's Centre Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:30 and Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 9:00 where we share creative ideas and resources in a supportive and fun environment.

Did you know Canada produces the most garbage per capita on the planet?

Let's change that!

This project is open to all, please join us!

Just show up or you can contact us for more information:
Helene at -0253
Marnie at -0212
sewing machines, fabric
Comment by heather smith on 3rd May 2019
It's a great idea, repair workshops are popping up all over. I admittedly have bins of scrap fabrics, damaged clothes and worn out pants that I have grand intentions for. Repairing and recreating new clothes and such. However my sewing machines need servicing, or some help figuring out the tension or to be thrown into a volcano. I always give up after futile attempts of trying to work on a sewing project. I used to love sewing. Sewing machine help would be golden!

Other alternatives for unwanted clothing and materials is to use them as rags, diapers, make cotton shopping bags, garbage bags that will break down, cutting fabric up and putting in the compost, garden beds or the earth, or even burn in a bonfire, or the wood stove. I will cut out all the zippers, buttons, notions etc and recycle them or add to my sewing notions stash.
It's better to buy quality clothing. I have clothes that are decades old. I have so many clothes, even though I gave away so much before I moved a few months ago. I always think I will need them in the future because one cannot get high quality clothing anymore. Standard new clothing is very poorly made and that reflects in the second hand stores and free stores. It has become harder to find quality clothing and fabrics which I used to rely on being on tight budgets aka poor.
another idea
Comment by Patricia L. on 3rd May 2019
This is a great idea and will be a fun get together. The real problem is that we all have WAY too many clothes. The clothes that do get discarded at the free store are those that are torn, cut up, have broken zippers etc. In other words clothes that are not in fact re-usable. Old pillow cases make a good garbage bag rather than using plastic. Look on line for a DIY to convert pillow cases to store shopping bag. I think that I will make some to donate to the island stores.