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Photo by Diane Bond (with help from Jesse Lee-Moorman).

EcoEquitable: Adding to the fabric of community one stitch at a time

By Apartment613 on April 1, 2013

Post by Kate Durie.

I am excited. E-X-C-I-T-E-D.

If you love local as much as I do, you want to know about and support EcoEquitable. On the surface, EcoEquitable is a local fabric boutique and Ottawa-based charity that sells recycled textiles and notions – both new and vintage – that have been donated by businesses and individuals in the community. They are moving to a new storefront location and are hosting a kick-ass event this Saturday to make that move just a little bit easier.

Bring cash, people. Cash, your favourite (reusable) shopping bag, and an appetite. Why? EcoEquitable is having a “Fill-a-bag” fabric sale. For $10 you can walk away with a shopping bag full of unique, recycled, high quality, and affordable fabric and notions. How often do you hear that in one sentence?

You can also pick up fabric from $2-5/meter, as well as coffee and baked goods.

I don’t need an excuse to get my craft on – that comes rather naturally, as my ever-overflowing studio space would contest to – but this event is not one to be missed. This isn’t just a fabric sale.

All proceeds from this event will go to EcoEquitable’s ever-growing sewing, employment, and training programs for immigrants, refugees, and marginalized women. You will not only be helping to divert textile waste from the landfill, but you will be supporting an organization that empowers low-income Ottawans to transition to financial independence.

I can’t think of a better way to spend my next $10.

EcoEquitable’s first ever “Fill-a-bag” fabric sale happens on Saturday, April 6 at Heartwood House (153 Chapel Street) from 10am-2pm.