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Disrupting The Cycle Of Waste In Fashion- Waste As A Resource
Magpies & Peacocks 501(c)3 non-profit design house rallies fashion + arts & culture community behind arts and sustainability, we have created numerous programs designed to reach out to the young designers, artists, industry professionals and marginalized communities.
We are able to accomplish this largely by maintaining a facility in Houston's thriving Greater East End Cultural District to accommodate our programs like our MAKR Collective and Artists In Nesting residency, workshops, classes, a textile resource library and design studios – a collaborative workspace for arts, culture and sustainability.
Our programs and charitable give back are only possible through the generous donations of our supporters and those who believe in the future and sustainability of arts education and fashion.
As the global consensus on climate change rises so does the urgency and scale of action required to keep our planet safe. Immediate action is demanded of the fashion & textile sector as major contributors to the problem, calling for fashion stakeholders – from raw material producers, textile & apparel manufacturers and fashion brands – to identify areas for action, to develop a coherent and unified position on climate change mitigation and to scale up their initiatives in support of a more robust sustainable and ethical industry.
Magpies & Peacocks is actively part of this movement because a concerted effort across this sector can; significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing mass production and transportation; reduce resource depletion and landfill volume by creative circular reuse of existing materials; reduce land and waterway pollution from pesticides, micro fibers and factory run off by rigid supply chain transparency; and reduce human/animal rights abuses by enforcing a living wage and ethical oversight.
We now buy 400% more clothing than we did a decade ago, keep it for a third of the time and send 85% of it to landfill. Almost all of that material can be reused. It is essential that it be separated from the waste stream and be re-manufactured in to new products. Waste as a resource – just as it is with glass, plastic and cardboard, so it can be with textiles. Help us lead the way in circular textile design – to facilitate environmentally friendly manufacturing locally and stand with us as an advocate for your planet!
Your donation is greatly appreciated and will:
- Help fund our workforce development program the MAKR Collective an economic empowerment Initiative brought to you by Magpies & Peacocks non-profit design house and the Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence (MOHTDV) where survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence learn upskilling on how to be an independent maker entrepreneur and gain in-person and on-line earning potential with creative tools and skill building.
- Pay for the cost of one participant in the MAKR Collective program which includes sewing machine, sewing station + tool kit and needed consumables
- Pay for three months of salary for a maker or retail graduate of the MAKR Collective program.
- Help set up and fit out a sewing station for our MAKR Collective participants, community members and emerging designers
- Partially fund the cost to run our post consumer textile library – collecting, curating and sorting textiles for reuse, presenting a major resource to designers, artists and MAKR Collective participants + graduates in our creative community
- Fund one week of community sewing classes to underserved and marginalized communities
- Partially fund our internship program which employs students from local universities who want to have a career in sustainable fashion and art
- Partially fund the creation of a new sustainable clothing or accessory collection
- Help pay for all supplies needed for one MAKR Collective participant and one emerging artist | designer in our Artist In Nesting residency program
- Help partially fund salaries for our program coordinators and instructors (we couldn't do this with our awesome tribe!) plus general operating expenses of our non-profit and its program.