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ricRACK Hosts Earth Day Celebration and Textile Reuse Challenge: A Vibrant Community Initiative

It's our annual Earth Day celebration and YOU ARE INVITED!

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Revolutionize with your favorite Community Sewing Studio & Creative Reuse Shop!

Get inspired and learn how you can make an impact in waste reduction.

Community Textile Recycling + Activities (for kids of all ages!) + Refreshments (snacks and drinks!) + Repair What You Have (mending station and scissor sharpening!) + Silent Auction + 60% Off Clothing Sale and MORE!!


This eagerly anticipated event promises a day of inspiration, education, and community engagement, as ricRACK invites individuals of all ages to join in the festivities at their vibrant creative reuse shop and community sewing studio.

“At ricRACK, Earth Day holds profound significance as we strive to make a meaningful impact on our environment and foster a culture of sustainable living,” says Lizz Freeman, Executive Director of ricRACK. “With textile waste being a critical issue, our mission is to empower our community to embrace sustainable practices and unleash their creativity through reuse and repurposing.”

Central to the event is the Designer Textile Reuse Challenge, a captivating showcase of local talent where designers and textile artists breathe new life into identical materials to create stunning wearable or functional pieces. These innovative designs will grace the walls of our creative reuse shop, enticing attendees to bid in a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction directly support ricRACK’s outreach programs, which are dedicated to keeping textiles out of landfills and promoting sustainable sewing practices throughout New Orleans.

Beyond the Designer Challenge, ricRACK offers a diverse array of engaging activities for attendees of all ages. From affordable scissor sharpening by our sewing machine repair specialist, Joe Armstrong, to a mending station where participants can learn repair techniques, the event promises to be both educational and enriching. Children will delight in the kid-friendly crafting area, where they can explore endangered animals and express their creativity through jewelry making.

Moreover, ricRACK invites the community to participate in textile recycling by providing a drop-off point for end-of-life textiles, furthering the organization’s commitment to environmental stewardship. To encourage sustainable fashion choices, ricRACK is offering a special Earth Day discount of 60% off all clothing and shoes. Additionally, participants can contribute to a unique installation activity in collaboration with the Ogden Museum, led by ricRACK ED, Lizz Freeman, in celebration of Tina Giroaurd’s Sign-In exhibit.

With its blend of creativity, sustainability, and community engagement, ricRACK’s Earth Day Celebration promises to be an event that inspires and uplifts. Join us as we celebrate our planet and embrace the power of sustainable living.

Silent Auction Is LIVE

2024 Designers:

Chloe Bernert

Terrance Donseraux

Jonee Dumas

Lyriel Dupre

Isabel Eagles

Carolina Gallop

Darren Isabelle

Brenna Leahy

Annie Lou

Thayer Lund

Anh Luong

JB Moore

Zay Morris

Alex Myers

Alester Stalling

Jane Tardo

Anne-Marie Zarrelli

2024 Community Partners:

Sponsored in part by:

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