Did you ever wonder what happens to all those colorful and gorgeous fabric, wallpaper, tiles and carpet samples you see at furniture and other design stores? Well, when it goes out of style to make room for new styles, it goes straight to the landfill. At least most of it does. FabMo rescues some of these materials by diverting them from the landfill to its small warehouse where people can creatively reuse the materials to make something fabulous.
FabMo is a non-profit, volunteer organization in Mountain View, California. FabMo collects most of its materials from weekly runs to the San Francisco Design Center. However, some materials come from donations from the general public and other stores.
FabMo saves about 40 tons of material from the landfill each year! The manufacturers don’t allow the materials to be sold directly, but items made from these materials can be. Artists and other creative types make all sorts of items from dolls to wall hangings; from flower pins to quilts; and from pillows to purses. Materials are free to the public, but donations to support the FabMo operations are encouraged by those who can afford it.
Wearable Darkness makes some items from the designer textiles found at FabMo. In the future, you’ll see a few blog posts that describe what is involved in re-purposing these materials. It isn’t as fast and easy as one thinks.