Get involved in Waste Reduction Week

Get involved in Waste Reduction Week

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Get involved in #WasteReductionWeek by learning more about how organizations like Diabetes Canada, Salvation Army Thrift Store Canada, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada recycle your used clothing and other textiles to fund important community programs across Nova Scotia.

Visit afterwear.ca to find a donation site near you!

Textile Waste a Growing problem

Textile Waste a Growing problem

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Textile Waste a Growing problem

The average Canadian throws away over 80 pounds of textiles every year. In Nova Scotia, that waste will end up in landfills that are expensive to create, maintain, and eventually replace.

It is so easy to change this, and you can do your part today. Organizations throughout Nova Scotia keep used textiles from the landfill by accepting them in charity bins generally found in public locations like the parking lots of shopping centres.

Organizations like Diabetes Canada, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Salvation Army, accept textile donations and use revenue from the recycling of your used clothing and other textile products to fund the important programs they run here in Nova Scotia.

Protect the environment, extend our landfills, and fund important community programs right here at home by donating today.

Click here to find a donation box near you!

Just One Thing You Can Do to Save the Planet!

Just One Thing You Can Do to Save the Planet!

Here is One Thing YOU Can Do to Help the Environment

We all want to find the ways we can contribute to the global effort be responsible and improve our treatment of the environment.

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.

AFTeR members currently help divert 8,000 tonnes of textiles away from landfill and into reuse every year. We want more of those textiles and it can happen with your help!

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!

In Nova Scotia we all send about 38,000 tonnes of our waste textiles to our landfills every year even though much of that textile waste can be reused or recycled.

Instead of continuing to send your used clothing to the landfill just take a moment and donate it to AFTeR members (see our donate page). We will make good use of the textiles you no longer use while funding critical programs for Nova Scotians in need.

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!