Gallery: Inside Spooltown's sustainable sewing factory
By Cathy Cheney
Spooltown, with nine employees working out of a brightly lit warehouse space on North Williams Avenue, offers Portland companies the local capacity to manufacture sewn goods.
When Sara Tunstall bought out the production part of bag-maker Queen Bee Creations six months ago, she set out to provide local companies the sewing capacity to manufacture products.
She also envisioned Spooltown, based out of a workshop in North Portland, as a sustainable business setting out on each project with the goal of creating as little waste as possible.
But recent projects recycling banners into bags for Portland nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity and the Portland Farmers Market have married both goals in a way that's been good for Spooltown's business as well as the environment.
How's business in general?
"We've had a pretty wild and busy six months," Tunstall said. "Portland is a totally awesome town. There are a lot of people who really care about keeping it local."
Click on the image above to learn more about Spooltown and its recycling ethic.
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