How are we practicing sustainability in the shop?

The team at Blackbird Fabrics is continually learning and integrating new sustainable alternatives for our fabrics and waste.

We have made it an ongoing priority to source GOTS and OEKO-TEX certified fabrics through our suppliers, and to ensure a consistent level of natural fibre and eco-friendly fabrics in the shop year round. As we learn more about more sustainably sourced goods, we hope to carry a wide variety of new and beautiful sustainable textiles.
You can shop all of our earth friendly fabrics right here!

Fabric wholesale has a surprising amount of waste. We recycle our cardboard boxes and fabric bolts as well as soft plastics and packing material through a wonderful company in Vancouver called EcoAction Recyling.

For all of our off-cuts and unsaleable fabric cuts, we have partnered with Fabcycle to recycle our scrap fabric. Their main goal is to divert fabric waste from the landfill by finding the best use for it, whether that be through reuse in fashion and commercial use or in industrial recycling. 

Fabrics that can still be used but cannot be sold through the store are donated to Our Social Fabric, which is an amazing textile recycling initiative in the Vancouver area. 

Ecommerce sales mean a lot of shipping materials and one-time-use plastics waste (yikes!). At Blackbird Fabrics, we are continually searching for the best and most sustainable ways to get your fabrics to you efficiently with less impact on our environment.


How can you be more sustainable?

There are many ways to make your home sewing a more sustainable practice. A great start is with the well-loved 3 R’s of conservation: Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle. Using these tips will not only reduce waste, costs, and consumption, but will also make you feel like an eco-star!


Plan out your makes.
Using resources like Seamwork Magazine Design Your Wardrobe or Capsule Wardrobe Challenges can focus your resources into garments that you will make and wear for seasons to come. Try to remember ‘quality over quantity’ when you are thinking about your me-made wardrobe

Shop the labels. 
If you have the opportunity to buy GOTS or OEKO-TEX STeP certified products, you will have purchased items that are already making a difference!

Establish an eco-care routine.
Hand-washing and air drying your garments may help to reduce your water and electricity consumption as well as extending the life of your garment. It’s a win/win! Also, check your local dry goods store for washing detergent that has a less harmful environmental impact.


Shop second hand or participate in a clothing/fabric swap.
These are great ways to update your wardrobe without purchasing more. If you cannot find a good swap online, host your own! It is a great way to make like-minded friends and update your wardrobe.

Refashion an old me-made into something brand new.
Instead of throwing away old garments that you no longer wear, use skills you have honed in your home sewing studio to refresh and add new life into an older item. If you no longer like the colour, dye it! This is a fun and easy way to create a new colourful wardrobe.

Use off-cuts for small products
Pattern layouts can sometimes leave you with large swatches of otherwise unusable yardage. Try your hand at smaller projects, such as pet clothes or tote bags, or use the scraps to make an interesting quilted piece.


Unload your scraps sustainably.
Many new companies are popping up to deal with the waste that is derived from the textile industry. Search for textile recycling in your community and keep your scraps out of the landfill.


Still looking for more? The Love to Sew Podcast has great tips on sustainability for sewers! Click here to listen