US fashion retailer Urban Outfitters has extended its partnership with Fabscrap to support the non-profit in reducing the fashion industry’s impact on the planet.

Urban will facilitate Fabscrap’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic region by providing a new physical location in Philadelphia, and a working capital grant.

The fashion retailer’s relationship with Fabscrap began in 2019 as part of the company’s efforts to reduce waste in its supply chain. Each year, over 6.3m tonnes of textiles are wasted during the design and production process to make clothing, according to the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Urban began working with Fabscrap to recycle fabric waste from its knitting, sample, and pattern-making rooms.

Headquartered in New York City, Fabscrap is a non-profit organisation that has pioneered a system to reuse and recycle fabric waste. The company is dedicated to countering the fashion industry’s commercial textile waste problem, diverting as much unused material as possible from being landfilled or incinerated, while simultaneously creating an accessible materials resource for creative communities.

“Philadelphia is a perfect location to expand due to local demand for service and many relationships with design and art universities and non-profits in the region,” says Frank Conforti, co-president and COO of Urban. “We believe this expansion will facilitate an infrastructure solution for Fabscrap and our community.”

Jessica Schreiber, CEO of Fabscrap, adds: “This infrastructure is a key component of a more sustainable future for fashion. We are leading the change in how the industry handles fabric waste during the design process, though our work relies on companies and individuals within the industry recognising the issue and actively seeking a solution. Urban is actively contributing to our growth, increasing the accessibility of our services, and accelerating our impact.”