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Around the summer of 2012, I was organizing the wardrobe trailer on the 2nd season of GIRLS and was listening to NPR.

There was an interview with Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.
And as I sifted through and organized, I knew after hearing this interview that fabric re-use and textile repurposing was going to play a big role in the life of ricRACK.
I heard things like...

"There is enough fabric produced every year to wrap around the Earth 3 times." 
"The dyes and chemicals that are in clothing and fabrics release methane when they are decomposing…methane is a harmful greenhouse gas and contributor to global warming." 
So clothing that claims “ wrinkle free” or “stain resistant” means it has been chemically treated.

Americans, just Americans throw away approximately 11 MILLION tons of textiles every year.

And, according to Cline “The process of making textiles has never been green. The technology and regulations to make textile manufacturing less environmentally harmful have improved dramatically in the United States, but the textile industry has largely moved overseas in recent decades to countries that are ill-equipped or simply too poor to reduce the impact of the fiber-making process.”

We started a campaign to reach out to theatres, costumers, production companies, and designers and tell them we were starting to collect donations of unwanted costumes, notions, and fabrics. To date, we have received over 5,000 lbs of fabric, bins of notions, tools, and supplies.

Please support Elizabeth and her campaign to inform consumers:

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