One’s Trash is Another’s Treasure

One’s Trash is Another’s Treasure

Deadstock fabric and why you should incorporate it into your next creative design

What is Deadstock

Deadstock is a term that refers to a business’s or designer's inventory that is not expected to sell. It can also be referred to as dead inventory, obsolete inventory, or unused inventory. Deadstock is detrimental to the environment and harmful to a business’s bottom line and profit.

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Where Does Deadstock Come From?

A designer or business can carry deadstock for a number of different reasons.

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    Over Production - When a company or designer orders or manufactures more fabric than they are able to use and sell.

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    Unsold Inventory - When fabric sits unsold in storage or in a warehouse for too long.

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    Test Fabric & Samples - Designers and fashion brands often use fabric to test prints, colors, and scale for their collections. The leftover fabric from these tests isn’t used.

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    Defects - When errors occur in the fabric during the manufacturing process, designers or fashion brands will reorder products leaving the defunct fabric unused.

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    Fabric Scraps - Trimmings, usually cut from patterns, that are too small to reuse at a larger scale are also considered deadstock material.

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Why is Deadstock Bad?

Why is Deadstock Bad

The leftover deadstock fabric is harmful to the environment and to a business’s bottom line and profits.

ENVIRONMENT - Making fabric is not without its own cost to the environment. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries on the planet. Fashion production makes up 10% of the world’s carbon emissions and uses 26.4 trillion gallons of water every year. Additionally unused dead stock takes part in this pollution cycle as waste when companies and fashion brands don’t use it, they abandon it, or burn it. Queen of Raw measures the amount of water, chemicals, carbon emissions, and waste saved by not creating new fabrics and keeping deadstock in circulation longer.

Why is Deadstock Bad?

BUSINESS - Lost Revenue is the most obvious cost of dead stock. When a business has a surplus of materials that they can’t extract the value out of, they increase their carrying costs and depreciate their bottom line. The loss of shelf space to dead stock decreases potential space for more profitable products. The Queen of Raw marketplace allows companies the opportunity to offload their deadstock for profit and realize greater value while freeing up their costly warehouse space.

Why You Should Buy Deadstock?

Just because a designer or fashion brand no longer has a use for the fabric doesn’t mean it's unusable! Buying deadstock helps reduce the amount of wasted fabric by giving it a second life. Deadstock fabrics are often one-of-a-kind and often made of high quality materials. This allows designers the flexibility to have lower minimum order quantities (MOQs) and the flexibility to order the amount they need at a more affordable and discounted cost.

What Can You Do With Your Deadstock Fabrics?

Have unwanted fabric? Whether you are a brand, retailer, designer, student, maker, crafter, or quilter, sell remaining deadstock fabric on queenofraw.com today!

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