Caring For Mother Earth While Empowering Refugee Women April 22 2016, 0 Comments

Happy Earth Day!

At Re:new, we believe in the value of caring for women, families, our neighbors and the environment. We recognize that because we live in an interconnected world, neglecting one aspect of our shared humanity inevitably impacts all the others. We choose to build partnerships that foster hope, respect and empowerment for refugees and for the community at large. And this includes our fabric partners.

Inspired by collaboration and resourcefulness, we are grateful for the businesses (and countless individuals!) that support our mission by donating fabric samples, remnants and bolts to us every week.

We receive thousands of yards of fabric throughout the year, which sustains our work in so many ways and saves many pounds of textiles from ending up in a landfill. Most of the beautiful, high-quality fabrics donated to Re:new are placed in our Design Center where they are transformed by our Artisans into one-of-a-kind handbags, wallets and accessories. Some of the fabric is directed to the New Student Sewing Class to assist the refugee women learning to sew to earn a place on the Artisan team. And some is passed along to the women on the Artisan team for personal use in home.

In honor of Earth Day, we’d like to thank the following businesses that partner with Re:new to empower refugees and show care for the environment. We are truly grateful for your generous support!

  •  Arhaus
  • Chase Upholstery
  • Chicago Design Team
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Design d’Vision
  • Drapery Connection
  • Ethan Allen
  • Isaac’s Upholstering
  • King’s Mill
  • Tom’s-Price
  • Walter E. Smithe