Is your life taken over by scraps? Mine has been for the last four months, and I know that eventually I'm going to say ENOUGH!
Only two changes have occurred to the to those scrap bags - they're now sorted by color, and the purple scraps are pretty much gone. I'm really trying my best to use these up, but do find it can be a bit of a drag.
While in search of matching fabric (for a scrap project no less!), the clerk at the quilt shop flat out said, "fabric is compost-able". Say what??? When I thought about it, it makes sense for 100% cotton fabrics. But would the city/composting center really like that in the compost bin?
So I called up the local recycling center to get the scoop.
The lady was extremely nice, and said, "no, can't put fabric, no matter how small the piece, in the compost bin for pickup." The reason is because the compost is a commodity for the city, and is used by the farmers in their fields. Though it's 100% cotton, it's been treated with chemicals, which they don't want.
Ah, makes perfect sense.
Well, what to do with all those cotton pieces? She went on to tell me to place all 100% cotton fabric items (we're talking clothing too) in a bag and mark "Fiber" on it. Then donate it to Goodwill. Really???
Turns out that Goodwill has connections to 'fiber recyclers' who take all of the unusable cotton scraps and clothing and turn them into items such as shop rags. Awesome!!!!
So, for everyone who's tired of their scraps, and doesn't want to throw more into the landfill, bag up those cotton scraps, mark as 'fiber' and head to the nearest Goodwill donation center. Win-win!!
Makes for more happy quilting!