The Sewist Society
Closing the loop on textile waste
At The Sewist Society,
we aim to find solutions to the systemic problem of
textile waste and overconsumption. We honor the life cycle of the fabric, from the seed, to the thread, to the cloth, to the garment, and all the hands that made it.
We believe that through awareness and education, we can redefine our relationship to textiles and
grow a future that sustains us all.
Education and Skill share
The Sewist Society will bring awareness and spotlight sewing as a skill/trade that we need to value again. We will uplift sewing and seamstresses and bring attention to the gender and class issue that has become embedded in the current sewing factory culture, as well.
“I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.”
― Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
Rather than landfilling our fabrics, The Sewist Society seeks to reduce textile waste by composting it instead, not only diverting reusable items from the waste stream, but also creating soil organic carbon, which pulls CO2 from the atmosphere and adds regenerative nutrients back to the Earth.
With our textile composting project, we are looking for an alternative scalable solution to address our abundant fiber rejects where compost is the bridge to reducing waste and restoring our topsoil.
In recent years, ⅓ of topsoil has eroded due to unsustainable practices leading to environmental degradation.
By composting more organic matter, we could reduce landfill input by 50%, pull Gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere, and create jobs in the process, all working to close the loop on textile waste.