Did You Know?

Did you know – Big Brothers Big Sisters, Diabetes Canada, The Salvation Army, and other organizations rely on your donations to help deliver their important programs and services across Nova Scotia?

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Diabetes Canada, The Salvation Army, and other organizations rely on your donations

As the long cold winter days settle in upon us, and the rush to get ready for the holiday season approaches, let’s think about the bigger meaning of the spirit of giving. Isn’t it about sharing our resources? And Sharing the Joy of what we have with others? Whether we’re baking, writing, sewing, assembling, wrapping, it’s the act of giving that satisfies the soul.

So as you race about, checking things off your list and figuring out the last things you need to do, please pause and think about sharing the joy of giving to many others.
And, if you have too many clothes, hats, scarves, shoes, etc, please consider donating them to our members at one of our donation sites. (Go to our donate page to find out where.) Not only will you help someone who needs these things, but you will help fund one of our important member programs that are critical to Nova Scotians. And, anything you donate will be put to use. If it can’t be sold, then it will be recycled into rags, stuffing, insulation or sold to other markets, and it won’t go into the landfill.

AFTeR members are all involved in the collection, reuse and resale of residential textiles. Our members live and work in Nova Scotia, and they are invested in supporting Nova Scotian people and their communities. Share the Joy across Nova Scotia!

GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE

Gratitude

The other day as I walked towards the mall in my neighbourhood, I saw one of our members’ drivers collecting a large load of donations – I felt gratitude for all the generous people who donated their textiles. Big Brothers Big Sisters, Diabetes Canada, IWK Foundation, Salvation Army, and the Breast Cancer Foundation all rely on your donations to help deliver their important programs and services in Nova Scotia.

December is the month of giving. Many of us spend lots of time and money finding the right gift for the special people in our lives. And, it can be draining and unsatisfying to spend so much on items that are wrapped in tons of plastic, boxed and bagged, often packaged in extra wrapping as they’ve been shipped from a warehouse. The impact of that consumption can be seen curbside in the weeks following Christmas. So why not change your focus? Make this a thrift Christmas. More and more people are shopping thrift. It makes sense – not only does it save money, but it helps out the environment and the community. And, when we shop thrift we can often find a more unique, higher quality and hardly worn item to give to our family and friends.

AFTeR is a not for profit Association of members involved in the textile diversion and reuse industry. Our members are all involved in the collection, reuse and resale of residential textiles. Our members live and work in Nova Scotia, and they are invested in supporting Nova Scotian people and their communities. So as you turn your mind towards Christmas and what to do – please consider making it a thrift Christmas.

And, please donate what you don’t need, your used item may be someone else’s treasure. Donate to our members, help our communities and the environment all at the same time – DONATE, DIVERT and DO GOOD!

We all will win!

We all will win!

At a conference recently I heard a phrase which is so appropriate for today
‘If all partners don’t win, it won’t be sustainable’.

Did you know that on average Canadians throw out 81 lbs of textiles every year? Much of these textiles are clothes we have only worn 5 or 6 times. AFTeR members collect textile donations across Nova Scotia, and with the funds raised we support people in the community. Wouldn’t it be better to donate your clothes & textiles to an agency that can reuse or recycle it? And in doing so the funds raised can go to essential programs such as meals at shelters, diabetes research or mentoring youth? That’s what AFTeR members do – we help divert textiles from landfill and towards causes that benefit communities across Nova Scotia.

10% of what is in Nova Scotian landfills is textiles. This is a sad example of our current Take, Make, & Waste economy. This is a linear system that our planet cannot sustain. There is a new way to think about our resources and our environment and economy – a sustainable economy. In a sustainable or circular economy the valuable resources continue to be reused. This is much better for our environment and our future. AFTeR members support this sustainable approach, and in doing so we help divert textiles out of the landfill. So please help us DIVERT, DONATE and DO GOOD. With your support we can go a long way in developing a sustainable solution.

We all will win!

Think Twice!

Think Twice!

So many of us want to do whatever we can to improve the state of our planet but unfortunately there are still many who don’t think twice.

The fast fashion industry which has grown to a $96 billion-dollar industry has had a huge influence on society.  Many of us now wear clothing for a few seasons and then dispose of it, ready to follow the new trend. And of course our tastes, our bodies and our needs change.

Currently, AFTeR members help divert 8,000 tones of textiles away from landfill and into reuse every year. We want more of those textiles and it can happen with your help!   So, what do you do with your out of date fashion items? The jeans that don’t fit quite right? The jacket you’re tired of…

Much of our clothing is made from polyester or a combination of mixed fibres. Polyester is a petroleum product and doesn’t biodegrade. Yes, just like those plastic bags we are trying to get rid of!

Have you ever seen a Nova Scotian landfill? 38,000 tones of our waste textiles go into landfill every year. Much of the textile waste in Nova Scotian landfills can be reused or recycled.

So please think twice, don’t throw out your clothes and household textiles, someone can use these. And when you donate the textiles, it doesn’t go into landfill! 

Donate it to AFTeR members (see our donate page) and we will make good use of the textiles you no longer use while funding critical programs for Nova Scotians in need.