more on leftovers and outcasts

Outcast foods and Slow Lovely Fabric are making a difference with the leftovers

My wife loves buying old bedsheets.

Not for us to sleep on, but for the fabric.

She had it in her head that she could use them to sew with.

My wife loves saving scraps of material that are too small to make any thing with.

They sat in bins for a year or two, cluttering up her sewing room.

These leftovers seemed like a waste of space and completely unnecessary.


Now she makes unique skirts out of the old bedsheets.

Now, she makes patchwork quilted bags and placemats from the fabric scraps.

She’s taking unwanted fabric, upholstery swatches, old sheets and left over scraps and creating functional things of beauty from them.

He work is giving second life to fibers that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Most landfills have enormous amounts of clothing in them. This is another shadowy aspect of the fast fashion industry.

Outcast foods are a company operating locally. They’re providing upcycled nutrition.

They call themselves “A sustainable food tech company making beautiful food out of ugly produce”.

In a recent Instagram post they noted that an estimated one third of all food produced for human consumption ends up wasted.

That’s a lot of waste. That’s the shadow side of food production.

By reducing this and converting these unwanted, leftovers to supplements and nutrition, they’re making a big difference in the world.

As a remarkable fool?

I’m concerned more about personal stuff.

What are the outcasts, the leftovers, the scraps of fabric that are part of you’re life that may seem ugly, messy and too small to keep?

Is there anything there that can be transformed to something magical?

Think of it this way -

We love the beautiful, sunny aspects of ourselves. What can we do with the shadowy, outcast bits?