Textile Reduce & Reuse Event Series

The equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes is burned or dumped in a landfill every second.*

We’ve got a problem. As clothes became cheaper, Americans bought more. But the cost of those clothes and textiles is far greater than the price we pay. On the one end, there are the environmental and human costs of producing clothing and textiles including harmful chemicals and dies used and terrible labor conditions in many factories. At the other end of the far-too-short textiles lifecycle is the significant impact on our planet of all that clothing and textiles ending up in landfills or incinerators. 

But, we’ve got solutions, too! Tangletown was awarded a $10,000 grant to help give you the tools you need to reduce your textile waste. Over the next year, we’ll be offering a series of events that will help you extend the life of the items you own, change how and where you shop, offer ways to reuse, repurpose, and donate items no longer needed, and more.  Scroll to the bottom to view the recording and resources from October’s event covering The True Cost documentary and panel discussion.

Join us in this journey for two or more events and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card.  We’ll also have incentives along the way like free food, gift cards, sewing supplies, and more. You’re not going to want to miss it!

Upcoming events in 2021 include:

Clothing Repair: Diagnosing a Mend: January 23 10:00am-12:00pm

Photo of woman in front of clothing

Lauren Callis from An Upcycled Closet will help you diagnose your repair needs for your damaged clothing items. Whether it’s a snagged sweater, a hole in your jeans, or a broken zipper, most of us don’t know where to start with how to fix these problems. What type of material is it? How significant is the damage? Do I have what I need to repair it? The goal of this event is to empower you with the knowledge and resources to begin repairing your damaged clothing.

To help you get started with these skills, 20 attendees will have their choice of receiving a mending or darning kit or $20 off one of Lauren’s classes which include Visible Mending and Darning 101. Winners will be randomly selected from those who attend the event.

Register here to receive the virtual meeting link. FREE!

Textile Care and Laundering: Extend the Life of Your Clothes: February 24 6:30pm

Become a laundry expert saving stained items and extending the life of your clothing. Join the Laundry Evangelist, Patric Richardson as he shares his expertise through live demos. Learn to wash the unwashable and how to best care for your clothes and textiles at home. Try to stump the expert with your most challenging stains and laundry questions during our live Q&A.

Once you’ve gained the knowledge, we’ll equip 40 attendees with a Laundry Evangelist strain brush to help you get to work. Winners will be randomly selected from those who attend the event.

Register here to receive the virtual meeting link. FREE!

A Deep Dive into Secondhand Shopping: March 20 10:00am

After the popularity of our Buying and Donating Clothing with a Conscience event (see details below), we knew we needed to take a deeper dive and bring back Courtney and Nancy! Shopping secondhand can be intimidating, but it’s much easier than most think. Nancy Dilts of Nancy Dilts Wardrobe Consulting and Courtney Istre, Tangletown resident and hardcore thrifter, will share how to be successful shopping secondhand. This session is for you whether you’re a newbie or a more experienced shopper looking to up your game.

Shopping secondhand is a win win, it helps you save money, supports local businesses and nonprofits, while also protecting our planet by keeping textiles out of the landfill and reducing consumption of new textiles. We hope you’ll join us!

Register here to receive the virtual meeting link. FREE!

Textile Reduce and Reuse Fair (date TBD)

We will have a variety of organizations tabling, repair demos, and presentations providing you with the tools and resources you need to change your textile use.  Register here to get more information about the Reduce and Reuse Fair as it becomes available.

Please note, we welcome anyone to attend our events, but deliveries of giveaways are limited to Tangletown residents.

Buying and Donating Clothing with a Conscience Recording and Resources

On Saturday November 21, we joined a great group of panelists who discussed how to donate clothing mindfully and tips and tricks for shopping secondhand. Panelists included Greg Rue with The Arc Minnesota, Heather Grovum Mental Health Practitioner working primarily with the unsheltered community, Courtney Istre thrifting expert, and Nancy Dilts with Nancy Dilts Wardrobe Consulting. You can view a recording of the presentation on our Facebook page linked here.

View Courtney’s presentation on consignment shopping here.

View Greg’s presentation on Arc’s Value Village donation and shopping here.

The True Cost Recording and Resources

On Thursday October 22, we gathered with panelists Dr Anupama Pasricha and Artist Rachel Breen to discuss The True Cost documentary. This documentary illuminates the actual cost of your clothing purchases in terms of human and environmental impacts. It’s a tough reality and it will motivate you to change your textile consumption. A recording of the panel discussion is available here. Our panelists compiled a wonderful list of resources shared below that help guide you in reducing your consumption, shopping ethically, resources for learning more, non profits to support in larger level policy change, and more. Thank you to Anu and Rachel for sharing their expertise with us!


  • Dr Anupama Pasricha has global research and teaching experience of 25 years. She currently chairs the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, and Design at St. Catherine University. She also serves as Executive Director of Educators For Socially responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Textile Center of Minnesota and Advisory Board of Sol Inspirations. Read a recent Q&A with her about sustainability and fashion here.
  • Rachel Breen is a visual artist and a Professor of Art at Anoka Ramsey Community College. She currently has an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts titled, The Labor We Wear. Her artwork addresses the troublesome cycle of garment production and consumption—from dangerous factory conditions to problems caused by textile waste. Breen makes these relationships visible in order to find ways to break the toxic chain. She exhibits her work locally and nationally and is the recipient of four Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Walker Art Center’s Open Field fellowship, and the 2019–2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship.

*Source: United Nations Environment Programme