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Textile Shredder Capstone Project

3rd Tier Capstone SDG Impact Award Winner

Project members

  • Catherine Dufour
  • Lao Sok Kimrath Hour
  • Bassel Mokalled
  • Haw Mun Chung

Related Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

About the project

The Concordia University Centre for Creative Reuse (CUCCR) contacted this Capstone team about providing them with the equipment necessary for them to be able to obtain shoddy (recycled fiber shreds) as a recycled product.

Every year, CUCCR receives student association t-shirts from the previous year as well as fabric scraps from theatre costumes. This fabric waste is currently being piled up faster than it can be repurposed. Shredding fabric by hand is labor-intensive, and is not a realistic solution to the amount of textile received by CUCCR. The fabric is thus to be repurposed to provide raw material for projects such as papermaking, mixed-media arts, upholstery, and other crafts. On the long term, the goal would be for CUCCR to collect waste not only from Concordia, but also from other communities in Montreal. The final objective is thus to prevent as much textile waste from Montreal as possible to be buried in landfills.


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