SocialCatalysts

Social Catalysts Handwoven Recycled Videotape Products

Stow, Massachusetts
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Announcement    Welcome to Social Catalysts Charitable Foundation's Etsy Shop, a social enterprise (www.socialcatalysts.org) which helps create jobs for individuals with disabilities who are unable to find employment in the community by creating products out of hand-woven recycled videotape. You will be impressed with the quality of the hand-weaving work of our individuals. We take their hand-woven fabric and then work with a local fashion designer to create various accessories -- from handbags to wristlets to knitting bags. Your purchases directly support this work. Any orders over $35 qualify for free shipping.

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Last updated on Jan 3, 2023

Welcome to Social Catalysts Charitable Foundation's Etsy Shop, a social enterprise (www.socialcatalysts.org) which helps create jobs for individuals with disabilities who are unable to find employment in the community by creating products out of hand-woven recycled videotape. You will be impressed with the quality of the hand-weaving work of our individuals. We take their hand-woven fabric and then work with a local fashion designer to create various accessories -- from handbags to wristlets to knitting bags. Your purchases directly support this work. Any orders over $35 qualify for free shipping.

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About SocialCatalysts

Sales 379
On Etsy since 2014

Social Catalysts is a non-profit that helps create jobs for individuals with disabilities with recycled videotape products

I co-founded our non-profit, Social Catalysts, with my partner, Ashwin, in 2011 after seeing personally the challenges that individuals with disabilities face. The initial idea for the weaving project began as we were looking for solutions to the high unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities and then discovered there were limited options for recycling our own VHS tapes.

All of our products are handmade here in Massachusetts, the birthplace of U.S. textile manufacturing. But instead of using the mechanized looms that dominated New England mills in the 1800's, we create our fabric with traditional hand looms! Our weavers from the Weavers' Guild of Boston, Barbara Provest and Mara Taylor, create magical patterns with yarn. We load the yarn, either cotton or sometimes polyester, onto our looms. For a typical fabric roll, we thread over 200 needles (called heddles). Our weavers, individuals with significant cognitive, physical and mental health challenges who are located at non-profit partners in Lawrence and Somerville, MA, weave the recycled videotape into the yarn and are paid for their work.

We have relatively short runs of material. I spend a lot of time finding interesting linings, hardware, and embellishments to complement the patterns in our woven material (and have even dragged my husband to the fabric store on a Friday night!). Everything is handmade so dimensions are approximate.

The proceeds from these sales partially offset the cost of our weaving project. Thanks for supporting our work!

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  • Christine Wyman

    Owner

    Christine successfully developed, launched and managed high tech products before coming upon by the book, “Revolution in a Bottle,” by the founder of Terracyle, which inspired her to found Social Catalysts.

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
Welcome to our shop! We are a non-profit social enterprise that sells products in order to create job opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities and reduce landfill waste. These beautiful and unique products are made of fabric designed by weavers from the Weavers' Guild of Boston and hand-woven by individuals in the weaving program, who are then paid for their work.

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