Thanks for a Great Waste Reduction Week!

AtlasCutout_EN_2011We have reached the end of an exciting Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and we hope we have shared some good information that will help inspire your own waste reduction commitment at home.

Textiles are one of the most reusable commodities most of us have ready access to, and nothing feels better than an organized closet. If you currently have drawers you never open, stray socks you can’t pair, or have so much stuffed in a wardrobe you forgot what you own, maybe now is a great time to do a closet purge.

We hope that you would donate your good stuff that could still be reused as there are many struggling people both here and abroad that depend on either the clothing you donate or the proceeds from those donations to get by. A good example is The Canadian Community Support Foundation, which TWD supports. 100% of their proceeds get distributed to registered charities across Ontario that support Ontarians at risk of falling through the cracks.

If there are sentimental items you cannot wear as-is, but can’t bear to part with, there are many ways to repurpose them so that you can still enjoy them.

Here is a list of links to our favourite online idea banks to help your textiles go the extra mile:

Thanks for your support of great charities like CCSF. Happy recycling!

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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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