Cultivate Cornwall CIC are helping hundreds of people in severe deprivation by providing opportunities that bring the community together, overcoming social isolation, building confidence and growing skills all using industry surplus textiles.

Location: Penryn, Cornwall

The company have recently set up a project that combines business and the community and has helped provide a solution to the waste problem faced by business. The project called TeX – ‘Textiles with a Difference’ since it started at the beginning of the year has already helped divert over 4 tonnes of industry surplus textiles from landfill, which is used in a number of ways: including workshops where new skills are shared across generations, a makerspace; where people can come together be sociable, creative, make things, learn and have fun as well as supporting the circular economy by re-purposing the waste into new and innovative products.

Partnering with Seasalt, TeX is addressing the gaps in education that have come about since the removal of Textiles from the core curriculum.  Other partnerships include working with BJ Sherriff to create packaging out of their waste materials and eliminating their use of single use plastic while supporting the circular economy and providing a sustainable use for their waste within the circular economy.

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