Celebrating Textile Recycling

shutterstock_77692699Fundraising initiatives are a priority for most charities and nonprofits, because sustained funding is essential to their ability to serve the community. Even if they have plenty of volunteers offering help, things like rent, utilities, supplies and specialized skilled labour all have to be paid. Running a charity can be an expensive endeavour.  For even a small humble rural shelter, it could take over $70,000 a year just to keep the doors open, and any services they choose to offer can escalate the costs even more.

Fundraising takes a lot of time and resources that most small charities simply can’t afford. Most small charities don’t have the luxury of wealthy corporate donors or big fundraising budgets for events.

Additionally, many small charities receive funding from larger foundations, and they are strictly limited as to when and how they are allowed to fundraise. Many have to ensure that none of the money they receive from these sources are used for fundraising initiatives, and that limits them even further.

In these times of austerity, it can be very difficult for a small charity to ensure stable funding. Charities are being forced to think outside the box in order to remain self sufficient.

One Solution – Recycling

There’s good news for smaller charities. The recycling industry has found a way to harness the value of waste for the benefit of the community. Charities can either collect recyclables themselves, or partner with a recycler like TWD to build a sustainable fundraising model. Everything from pop cans, bottles, pop tabs, e-waste, plastic, light bulbs, textiles, pet hair and even cigarette butts can be collected and used to raise funds for charity. TWD focuses its energy on textile recycling as a means of fundraising

The truth is, the average Canadian discards 14kg of textile waste a year. More and more, people are finding textile recycling to be a socially productive and environmentally responsible disposal option.

Although charities are free to collect their own textile waste that we can broker/process on their behalf, many just don’t have the resources to do that. By partnering with a recycler like TWD, the complex textile recycling process is handled for them from start to finish.

More and more for-profit companies in the recycling sector are finding great joy in embracing community driven processes like charity fundraising. Being community driven and using your skill set to help charities be self sufficient is something that should be celebrated and encouraged in the media. This is something that TWD takes pride in.

The European Union began encouraging textile recycling started to ban textiles from landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency has also made textile recycling awareness a priority, and every day there are articles in the news that exalt all the wonderful community benefits these private corporate-charity fundraising partnerships offer. For profit companies are stepping up to help support the nonprofit sector.

One of TWD’s big goals for 2014 is a massive public and media awareness campaign. The recycling sector is evolving to not only become an economic driving force for the province of Ontario, but an environmental healer and now even a stable sustainer of good social programs across Canada. There is a lot to celebrate in this sector, and we look forward to showing it all to you.

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Use Our Bins!

Use a clothing donation bin to recycle your clean, dry, odourless clothing and textiles!

Make Textile Recycling Work For You

If you are fundraising for your school, church, workplace, sports club or organizations such as Girl Guides, or Scouts, we can help arrange a textile collection to help you to raise money for your cause.

Downsize Your Wardrobe!

1 in 4 North American women own 7 pairs of jeans, but only wear 4 of them. Something to think about before your next clothing purchase.

Fix Your Own Clothes

Learn to sew! You don’t have to say goodbye to a favourite shirt just because of a little rip.

Donate! Even if it's Unwearable

Nothing goes to waste in the textile recycling industry. What cannot be reused is shredded, sanitized, and recycled into rags and upholstery.

Look for Quality

Shop at stores that use sustainable materials, organic cotton, and practice fair trade!

Think Long-Term

Buy classic clothes made to last and avoid purchasing too many pieces that follow trends and are low quality.  

Swap Don't Shop!

Swap with a friend! Organize your own clothing swap, or attend an organized one.
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