Project Sustained is a model company for a circular economy. We transform stained clothing & other waste stream textiles using natural dyes, mending, embroidery, and other upcycling techniques in our Brooklyn laboratory. We offer pre-stamped mailers for people to send us their items, and we also sell transformed secondhand pieces.
This year we grew natural dye plants indigo, black hollyhock, and black eyed susans in our Brooklyn community garden. We also work with rust (thank you streets of Brooklyn), tea, and fermented organic indigo.
Project Sustained is part of our nonprofit Future Culture where we focus on intelligent activism. All proceeds are reinvested to fund the creation of textile resource banks. Resource Bank: a system for individuals and companies to add or search available resources, negotiate exchanges, and build reputation. They can add their time & skills to work on projects, machinery, space, or programs. People can also search the resource bank to find collaborators, nearby equipment, or laboratory access.
A resource bank is an application of digital ledger technology that networks together individuals and resources for a decentralized and community owned sharing economy. We intend to build search algorithms that prioritize people instead of profit. We intend to build a reputation-based currency system that prioritizes human health and happiness, a complement to the existing monetary system.
This system is a cooperative model for the creation of added value in the economy 2.0. We are interested in partnering with other circular economy companies and eventually developing the system with communities. For example Radix Media is a worker-owned printing cooperative in Brooklyn that helped us with our tags.
We welcome your ideas, suggestions, and possible contributions. We have a slack for discussion of intelligent activism projects if you have time, expertise, or skills to contribute to their creation.
— Future Culture: Economy 2.0 is circular