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  • - People often say to me, they're like,

  • "What is SUAY?"

  • and I, now at this point, only can answer

  • that SUAY is radical positive change.

  • (upbeat music)

  • My name is Lindsay Rose Medoff

  • and I'm the CEO of SUAY Sew Shop.

  • We are a production sewing shop

  • and we specialize in upcycling,

  • meaning we cut up old post-consumer product

  • and turn it into new, desirable product.

  • Growing up, fashion was a true way to express myself

  • and I remember the first time I went to a thrift store.

  • This was the 7th grade and I walked in and it hit me,

  • this is the mother load, this is the mecca,

  • this is who I am.

  • The textures, the colors, the history, the opportunities

  • that I saw in that thrift store as a young 7th grader

  • has driven me for the rest of my life

  • to take all of this old stuff that no one wanted anymore

  • and turn it into new product.

  • Fashion is one of the biggest polluters on the planet

  • yet it's one of the most celebrated ways

  • of expressing yourself.

  • So how did we get here as an industry?

  • The textiles that don't get thrown in the trash

  • are being baled up.

  • Some of those bales are being buried in landfills

  • or being shipped into other countries

  • where we're selling it off by the pound.

  • But the stuff that does keep sitting

  • and does keep staying, we keep collecting and saving

  • and it really has nowhere to go.

  • And that's where Remade can really step in.

  • (upbeat music)

  • And so, what we're doing is we're basically

  • take a bale of old flannel shirts and cut them up

  • and turn them into entirely new product.

  • We're able to cut up hundreds of thousands of pounds

  • of old textiles that were deemed for landfills

  • and that's what makes us so powerful.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So sustainability is not just a word

  • that's attached to a product, it's a way of life, I think,

  • that we all really have to embrace.

  • I mean the way it's gonna work is if everyone becomes

  • the everyday hero in their own community.

  • And speaking up for what they know

  • is actually gonna have an effect

  • on whether we have a sustainable future.

  • So we have a store of post-consumer product,

  • a beautiful sewing shop and we're all kind of like

  • busy little bees running around cutting up garbage

  • and sewing it back together for the world.

  • It's cool. (chuckling)

  • And then when COVID hit, it changed everything.

  • We actually quite quickly jumped to our feet

  • and started raising money to start producing masks

  • and give them away to front liners and community members

  • and people that were immuno compromised.

  • And we've given away over 75000 masks to date

  • and are still giving away masks every week.

  • SUAY is also now half store half food bank.

  • We recently started a food bank for garment workers

  • and now each week we're feeding up to 250 garment worker

  • families a week.

  • I really urge people that are involved in fashion,

  • if you're wearing clothes then you should care about this

  • because these are the same people that are sewing

  • the clothes that you have on your back every single day.

  • 'Cause change is habitual, right?

  • What we have to do from a personal level

  • is to make shifts to create the kind of change

  • that the world desperately needs.

  • We're here to show the world

  • that you do have the opportunity to live every day

  • doing a little bit better than the day before.

  • Change is here and we just have to keep trying

  • to get more people on board.

- People often say to me, they're like,

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/30
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