TWD at the 2016 North American Envirothon

imagesForests Ontario is excited to be hosting the 2016 North American Envirothon (NAE), a program of the National Conservation Foundation, this summer from July 24-29 at Trent University in beautiful Peterborough. This exciting event will bring over 500 visitors from over 50 states, provinces and territories together to compete for the championship title and learn all about what Ontario has to offer.

Textile Waste Diversion will be setting up a treat booth at the 26th evening event supplying some of Ontario’s favourite treats – Candied apples & fruit pastries from Tim Hortons – after all, it’s berry season in Ontario!

What does any of this have to do with recycling textiles? Indirectly, everything!

In the reclamation sector, the people in government we deal with most often are from the waste management/operations sector. Many people that work in that sector are graduates from various environmental science post secondary programs. Forests Ontario programs such as NE Envirothon really help to grow our leaders of tomorrow by giving them practical experience that may inspire interest in environmental sciences.

Canada has a wonderful opportunity for future economic development around green technology. We are perfectly positioned to be environmental leaders not only locally but around the world. We need more people studying various sciences in order to advance this industry in ways that can truly energize and sustain our economy on the long term.

We feel the best way that we can secure a bright future for employees of textile recycling is by helping to grow leaders that are educated in the environmental sciences that can then join the sector with progressive solutions that will help us maximize all the wonderful opportunities new green technology offers Canada.

One of the value-added services that Textile Waste Diversion offers the province is our support of programs that grow our environmental leaders of the future. We do that in part by supporting wonderful programs such as forests Ontario’s North American Envirothon and we look forward to deepening our relationship with forests Ontario because at the end of the day, most environment industry employees of all sectors are tree huggers at heart. In this case, it’s not about the clothes, it’s about our love and dedication to the environment and the future of this sector.

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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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