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Why do we need to invent new fabrics, if we have so much waste?

Having more than 20 years of experience in the bag-making industry, I've found myself thinking the following: Why do we need to invent new fabrics, if we have so much waste? 

After thinking it through, I realised we are not creating another product. We won’t science or hack our way out of climate change by making new things, [but by] using something that already exists.

That's the main reason exactly why I've fallen in love with FabScraps initiative and source most of the fabric for our upcycled bags there. I have spread my love towards them in the article Why FabScrap is totally Fab.

Why I love designing with materials from FabScrap is because most of the materials they cannot buy from retailers because they pass directly from mills to designers. These materials are rare and special and literally the only piece of fabric in the world like it.

Crystalyn Kae studio filled with fabrics to upcycle

How to give life to discarded fabrics?

Today I'm so pleased to share that FabScrap is also keeping Crystalyn Kae bags in mind! Namely Driving Change is a website sharing compelling stories about people engaging effectively in public service, and identifying and campaigning for the changes needed in how public service is done to make it attractive to people who are currently disengaged from it. 

Their platform is featuring FabScraps founder Jessica Schreiber's story, who gives new life to discarded fabrics.

On the first hand, it’s a great explanation of how FabScrap works. For example, did you know:

"Last year, some 44,000 pounds of fabric were redistributed across 49 states (45% of this was sold online) with 76% of the usable fabric they received sold. About half that (22,000 pounds) was recycled."


Image of fabrics waiting to be upcycled


What about leather scraps? 

Yes they have leather scraps as well. And many details for Crystalyn Kae bags have come true thanks to findings on FabScrap! Here's a good overview about why should one use leather scraps and upcycled leather in the first place. And how can one make bags out of leather scraps?

Leather scraps

How is Crystalyn Kae using FabScrap?

As mentioned in the article, and explained longer on our also sustainability mission page, we love absorbing our supplies from FabScrap. Upcycling fabric leftovers and creating new purses out of them is part of Crystalyn Kae's story.

Take a look, how our design process can look like:


Take a look of different upcycled bags from our shelves:

Small Troubadour tote from recycled materials
Crossbody bags from recycled fabrics
Laptop tote from recycled materials
Flowery pouch from upcycled fabrics


Write in the comments below if you've ever created anything from scrap fabric!

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