Build a Textile Recycling Facility

Environment , Fashion , Social Business , Education
Edmonton

C$5,577

C$5.6K
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Funded Of C$25,000 Goal
22% Raised
Environment,Fashion,Social Business,Education Category
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Pledge: C$25.00
You have our deepest gratitude for helping to move textile recycling forward in Edmonton.
You have our deepest gratitude for helping to move textile recycling forward in Edmonton.
Pledge: C$25.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-06
4 of 100 Boosted
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Reclaimed Textile Tote Bag

Reclaimed Textile Tote Bag

Pledge: C$35.00
This tote bag can replace all the plastic bags sewn from post-consumer textiles!. Locally made with love and enthusiasm <3 You will be ahead of the game when the plastic ban hits <3 we got you! **Fabric types and styles will vary Thank you for upcycling! Shipping included
This tote bag can replace all the plastic bags sewn from post-consumer textiles!. Locally made with love and enthusiasm <3 You will be ahead of the game when the plastic ban hits <3 we got you! **Fabric types and styles will vary Thank you for upcycling! Shipping included
Pledge: C$35.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-01-10
14 of 50 Boosted
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$60 Gift Card for $50

$60 Gift Card for $50

Pledge: C$50.00
Woo! Good deal. Pay by the pound is great value to begin with. This card basically gives you $10 off! Thrifty times to you.
Woo! Good deal. Pay by the pound is great value to begin with. This card basically gives you $10 off! Thrifty times to you.
Pledge: C$50.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-04-13
5 of 50 Boosted
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Clothing Sponsor Box for a family of 4

Clothing Sponsor Box for a family of 4

Pledge: C$60.00
This reward will provide up to 4 boxes for the program, one sponsor box is usually $20, but like you, we want to help our community at Christmas. The Sponsor Box program supplies clothing to families, hospitals, shelters, and any social organization in need. Clothing delivery boxes contain a mix of items in standard garment sizes and genders, e.g., men's large, ladies Large. Boxes usually include winter jackets, hoodies, sweaters, teeshirts, pants, and shorts. Skirts and dresses are in the gender-specific box. Boxes do not contain shoes, underwear or socks, but usually include mittens, hats, scarves.
This reward will provide up to 4 boxes for the program, one sponsor box is usually $20, but like you, we want to help our community at Christmas. The Sponsor Box program supplies clothing to families, hospitals, shelters, and any social organization in need. Clothing delivery boxes contain a mix of items in standard garment sizes and genders, e.g., men's large, ladies Large. Boxes usually include winter jackets, hoodies, sweaters, teeshirts, pants, and shorts. Skirts and dresses are in the gender-specific box. Boxes do not contain shoes, underwear or socks, but usually include mittens, hats, scarves.
Pledge: C$60.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-08
26 of 100 Boosted
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$40 Christmas Sponsorship Certificate

$40 Christmas Sponsorship Certificate

Pledge: C$40.00
You can give a customized Blenderz sponsorship certificate as a gift to someone who cares about textile waste. Help them feel wonderful this Christmas by knowing they have helped solve a massive problem. Customized certificate available in PDF format.
You can give a customized Blenderz sponsorship certificate as a gift to someone who cares about textile waste. Help them feel wonderful this Christmas by knowing they have helped solve a massive problem. Customized certificate available in PDF format.
Pledge: C$40.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-06
5 of 70 Boosted
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$100 gift card for $80

$100 gift card for $80

Pledge: C$80.00
Pay by the pound shopping is incredible value for clothing and textile items. This gift card is like shopping for 20% off every time (up to $100). how could this get any better? Not to mention shopping at Blenderz is a super fun time.
Pay by the pound shopping is incredible value for clothing and textile items. This gift card is like shopping for 20% off every time (up to $100). how could this get any better? Not to mention shopping at Blenderz is a super fun time.
Pledge: C$80.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-03-16
8 of 50 Boosted
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Clothing Box a Month Club

Clothing Box a Month Club

Pledge: C$150.00
Mystery boxes are such fun to open. With this exclusive offer, we will deliver and exchange a box of clothing for you once a month. This Boostr reward is a sweet deal! Everyone waits for boxes to be half price, now they can be, every month!
Mystery boxes are such fun to open. With this exclusive offer, we will deliver and exchange a box of clothing for you once a month. This Boostr reward is a sweet deal! Everyone waits for boxes to be half price, now they can be, every month!
Pledge: C$150.00
Estimated Delivery: 2021-12-15
7 of 40 Boosted
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Shopping Spree for 1

Shopping Spree for 1

Pledge: C$250.00
Spend a couple of hours all for you, shop everything from the pay by the pound selection; it's all for you. You choose the tunes, and we help you find what you need <3 These rewards are limited in number and are a super great value.
Spend a couple of hours all for you, shop everything from the pay by the pound selection; it's all for you. You choose the tunes, and we help you find what you need <3 These rewards are limited in number and are a super great value.
Pledge: C$250.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-04-13
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Campaign Description

Be a part of Alberta's first-of-its-kind textile recycling facility. We are asking for a boost from you for some more recycling machinery. Blenderz was only open to the public two days a week in the first year of operations. The retail area would switch to the processing and manufacturing area every Monday. Blenderz is moving to a larger space to serve the community and customers better. By adding more sanitizing equipment and textile recycling equipment, the processing capacity for our recycled products can increase to meet demand.

Blenderz is Special

Blenderz is the first zero-waste, zero export textile recycling facility in Edmonton. We take items that don't sell from thrift stores and reclaim the materials to stay local in the supply chain. Blenderz offers pay by the pound shopping, delivery of clothing boxes. Recycled textiles by type for makers and businesses, and upcycling workshops in our warehouse. 

Every textile item that comes to Blenderz gets reclaimed in some way. Buttons, zippers, fabrics, yarn, blankets, pillows, and the big one, clothing. Blenderz won the 2021 Zero Waste award from the Recycling Council of Alberta for its recycling program. 
 

Community

Community inclusion and collaboration are core to the values of Blenderz. These aren't just words to Blenderz. People of all abilities and interests volunteer with Blenderz. They come together as a community in the warehouse and online to make the venture a positive experience for everyone. Blenderz continually collaborates with diversity groups, environmental groups, educational institutions, government social agencies, small businesses, and cottage industries in Edmonton.  Blenderz believes that these textiles are a resource for Edmonton that can benefit our communities and citizens. 

Blenderz offers low to no-barrier work experience, employment, awareness events, and virtual talks and tours. Low-cost and free clothing is available to partner organizations and people who need assistance.  

See the attached list of partner organizations. If you would like to be a partner organization, send us an email. 

Achievements

In 9 months, Blenderz reclaimed 83.1 tons of textile waste from two small thrift stores.  We did this in a 2000 square foot warehouse with one full-time and two part-time staff.  That isn't many resources for handling 83 tons of textiles in 9 months, but we did it. 

We won the zero waste award from the Recycling Council of Alberta, 2021. We gave a talk in the Innovation series for the annual conference. 

In August, we held an upcycle gown gala called Frack the Frock. 15 wedding dresses transformed into new articles of function or art by community members, artists, and non-artists alike. 

Blenderz values the small achievements as much as the small ones, but for the sake of brevity, I will keep it short here. If you would like to know more, please feel free to reach out via email 

Meet the Team

Sarah Janzen

Sarah Janzen

Owner

Sarah Janzen is the founder of the Canadian textile recycling start-up Blenderz Garment Recyclers. Sarah has worked in all of the supply chain areas of global manufacturing, distribution, construction, and customs compliance. As a supply chain professional, her BSc background, passion for textiles and environmental sustainability she is tearing things up in the marketplace with unconventional strategies for change.

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