The majority of our items that have been lovingly handcrafted using Upcycled Material. When fabric is used that is not Upcycled, it will be specifically stated. This collection is found exclusively at Green Distributors.
What is an Upcycled Material?
When a waste or damaged item/material is repurposed to create something that is often better than the original. This is not the same as Recycled Materials.
Through the recycling process, unusable textile is sorted by color to avoid the need for re-dying. Once separated, the fabric is pulled into fibers or shredded, and then either used for stuffing mattresses or re-spun into yarn. From yarn, it can be woven or knitted into Recycled Fabric.
For Upcycled Material, the recycling process is bypassed. For example, the vast majority of our Upcycled Material at Green Distributors comes from damaged tablecloths from a local linen rental company. While these tablecloths may have a stain, burn, or run in the fabric, the remainder of these large tablecloths are still perfectly usable for making new, smaller, items.
With the recycling process not being needed for upcycling these materials, we can reduce the extra transportation, energy, and water resources needed for reprocessing the fabric. Plus, we also help keep these materials usable by repurposing them and avoid them being sent to landfill.