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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFabric cuttings and textile leftovers are a difficult class of waste to recycle, but in a fashion industry first—a door-to-door New York City recycling service meant exclusively for textile waste is helping the uglier side of fashion get a green makeover.Fabscrap runs an internet store and a physical location that’s part second-hand shop, part recycling facility based around fashion industry waste collected from top brands like J. Crew, Nautica, and Macy’s.Jessica Schreiber, the founder of Fabscrap, discovered while working at New York City’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability that many of the city’s iconic fashion industry names were ringing her office asking what to do with textile waste. Being that NYC law requires the recycling of any material if it amounts to more than 10% commercial waste, she realized the problem represented an unfulfilled niche that would make a great business model.RELATED: These Comfy T-Shirts Made From Wood and Algae Can Be Composted Once You’re Done With ItShe pitched her idea to “Project Runway: Fashion Startup” and was awarded seed money for her vision of a company that would pick up textile waste from fashion houses and find ways to reuse or recycle it.Accumulating 20 clients in her first year, Schreiber now manages the waste of 434 different brands, and her work has seen 600,000 pounds of textiles and fabric spared from entering New York City’s landfill network, with each pound saved representing around 2.06 pounds of CO2.A volunteer effortThe cutting room floor of a fashion brand’s studios is a messy place, and the bags of waste Fabscrap collects weekly must be sorted by hand. In the past year alone, 2,017 volunteers have helped out at the warehouse. Separating the textiles by fiber—from cotton to wool and more, the people at Fabscrap will weigh and document each bag. The organization sells the fabric by the pound on their website and out of their retail headquarters in Brooklyn, and ships the unsellable waste to be recycled and turned into stuffing for furniture, or insulation for things like moving blankets.According to the Environmental Protection Agency, textile and fabric represents 5% of total landfill space, while a life-cycle analysis found that fabrics for all purposes account for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions— most of which is methane, a GHG that is 28 times more powerful than CO2.center_img Furthermore, the dyes and other chemicals used to treat clothing can contaminate groundwater sources.New York City has very progressive recycling laws on the books for fabric and textiles. However, these laws are difficult to track or enforce since private companies haul away trash, and the waste of buildings tends to get mixed together.MORE: Fashion Designers Replace Plastic-Based Vegan ‘Leather’ With Fabric Made Out of Apple PeelsFor fashion brands that value sustainability over other corporate goals, Fabscrap represents the ultimate partner, and Schreiber has made several close connections with brands focused on reducing waste.Schreiber hopes to expand to other cities and countries, notably Los Angeles, the center of the country’s largest cut-and-sew manufacturing facilities.“I think opening in LA gives us a really good blueprint for how we might be able to franchise this to other major cities,” Schreiber said in an interview with the Sierra Club.CHECK OUT: Fashion Industry Eyes Alternative Leather Made Out of Cactus–And it’s Sustainable and Eco-FriendlyThat’s an exciting move for the fashion industry, and for the planet.Don’t Let The Good News Go To Waste: Share This Story On Social Media… (File photo: Joel Muniz)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_img Corey Cott Corey Cott(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Star Files View Comments Beloved Broadway star Corey Cott (Bandstand) has signed on to repeat his acclaimed turn as Tony for a production of West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago from May 3 through June 2. Cott first played the role at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center under the direction of Francesca Zambello, who will also helm this staging, with Julo Monge re-creating the original choreography of Jerome Robbins.Joining Cott as Tony will be Mikaela Bennett (BBC Proms’ West Side Story) as Maria, Amanda Castro (Glimmerglass’ West Side Story) as Anita, Manuel Stark Santos (On the Town) as Bernardo and Brett Thiele (Clueless, The Musical) as Riff. Additional casting is forthcoming.The production will feature scenic design by Peter J. Davison, costume design by Jessica Jahn and lighting design by Mark McCullough.The Chicago production launches just ahead of a new Broadway staging of West Side Story from director Ivo van Hove and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, set to begin previews on December 10, and an upcoming film remake penned by Tony Kushner, directed by Steven Spielberg and choreographed by Justin Peck.last_img read more

first_imgBenton senior basketball standout Megan Fream doesn’t know where the Lord will lead her life but lately it increasingly has been to the basket.“She is more of a scorer this year,” said Coach Mary Ward. “There’s been a huge improvement in her scoring as a senior.”Fream, a 5-foot-7 point guard, runs the Lady Tigers offense on the floor. A point guard often dishes the ball off to other teammates who score most of the points, but as a scoring threat Fream has learned over her career to take charge and take shots if that appears to be the best option.Russell Hedges/Press-TribuneBenton senior guard Megan Fream’s will to win is her strongest asset, says Benton coach Mary Ward.During one game this season when star Madi Sessions was out sick, Fream took charge and scored 25 points, leading the Lady Tigers to the victory.“Megan’s strength is her will to win,” said Ward, whose Lady Tigers were 7-6 going into Tuesday’s game against Parkway. “She doesn’t care who gets the credit, she just wants to get the win.”Fream moved to Bossier Parish from the Tulsa, Okla., area her seventh- grade year and has taken root in her new community with her parents, John and Darla, and younger brother. Her father is senior pastor at Cypress Baptist Church and enjoys sports.“My parents love sports and the outdoors,” Fream said. “I’ve always wanted to play. When I was four my parents got me involved in basketball and I loved it right off the bat.”Her ability to interact with a wide variety of people has served her well in transitioning to a new community, missions and with the basketball team.“She was chosen Homecoming Queen,” Ward said. “No matter who you are, she treats you the same. She gets along well with every type of person.”Fream played in a few games as a freshman but has been a regular starter beginning with her sophomore year. Along the way, she has been named to the All-District second team and was a freshman honorable mention.“I love the competition,” Fream said. “I am driven and I try to make my team look good.”This year, Fream says she is playing more aggressively, driving to the basket more often where in years past she would pass the ball off instead of taking an open shot herself.“This year, I see the game better on the floor,” Fream said.That has translated to a better team and has given the Lady Tigers more scoring options.“Probably her strength is her ability to go one-on-one,” Ward said. “But she’s not selfish, she’s always looking for a teammate to pass the ball.”As much as she loves basketball, Fream loves doing mission work for her church and time with family even more. With a church-oriented family that also loves sports, the most important aspects of her life are in sync.“She’s a wonderful person overall,” Ward said. “She’s a great student-athlete, great classmate and a captain and has a good level of leadership that is one of the best things that she brings to the team.”Fream’s goal is for the team to go deep into the playoffs. After graduation, she plans to attend college possibly at Tulane, Mississippi College or LSU.But, her college choice and career are life details that don’t pre-occupy her.“Whatever the Lord wants me to do, I’m willing,” Fream said. Hal [email protected] Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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