Written by Denise Deby.

Poster courtesy of EcoEquitable

Poster courtesy of EcoEquitable

EcoEquitable is an example of a small organization that accomplishes big things: it turns unwanted textiles into creative and useful products, sells recycled fabrics through its boutique, and provides employment and skills development to people who need temporary support.

EcoEquitable’s “Eco Fashion bags” are made from recycled, donated fabrics, vinyl, even flags. It also makes promotional bags to order, for example for conferences. EcoEquitable’s “Sowing for Jobs” program provides sewing training, financial literacy and work experience to unemployed and immigrant workers as a bridge to other employment. EcoEquitable also takes on contract sewing, does repairs and alterations (a good way to prolong the life of your clothes), and offers sewing training to groups and the public.

This Saturday, April 6, 2013, EcoEquitable is holding its first-ever Fill-A-Bag Fabric Sale. For $10 you can fill a bag with fabric that would normally be priced from $2-5 a metre. You’ll also find buttons, zippers and other notions. Bring your own shopping bag (and cash—the sale is cash-only), and stay for some Bridgehead coffee and baked treats. It’s at Heartwood House, 153 Chapel St. (use the side entrance at Chapel and Rideau), from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The sale will help EcoEquitable get ready to move to a new store-front location this spring.

For more information, check EcoEquitable’s website. EcoEquitable is supported by the United Way, the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the City of Ottawa.

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