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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