Reduce your Waste this Holiday Season

Reduce your Waste this Holiday Season

Reduce your Waste this Holiday Season

Textile waste is a growing concern in Nova Scotia and around the world. We purchase two to three times the amount of clothing we did 10 years ago, which means more unwanted clothing and other household fabrics end up in landfills every year. Most of that waste could be reused or recycled instead.

The holidays generate a lot of extra waste – but that doesn’t have to be the case.

Here are a few simple ways to make a difference this year:

Shop thrift

Thrift stores are full of high-quality secondhand clothing that make beautiful and unique holidays gifts. Not only will you save money and avoid generating new waste, shopping at local thrift stores also helps support community programs and services.

Recycle, don’t dispose

Recycling your unwanted clothing, bedding, curtains and other fabrics is easy, and items you no longer want can be valuable to someone else. AFTeR members are experts at recovering used textiles for resale or recycling. Funds raised from your donations are used to support the community programs of our local member organizations, so you can feel good about your choice to donate instead of dispose.

Talk to friends and family about the importance of textile diversion

Unfortunately, most Nova Scotians are unaware of how much textile waste ends up in landfills. The majority of these textiles don’t decompose, making textile waste a growing problem. Talk to your friends and family about textile waste, encourage them to shop secondhand for gifts, and let them know about the benefits of donating to AFTeR members. Ready to get started? Use AFTeR’s lookup tool to find a donation site near you.

Get Involved in Waste Reduction Week #3

Get Involved in Waste Reduction Week #3

There’s still time to join #WasteReductionWeek!

This weekend, gather up your unwanted clothing and other textiles, and drop them off at a donation site near you.

Your donations support important community programs.

Visit afterwear.ca to learn more.

Get involved in Waste Reduction Week #2

Get involved in Waste Reduction Week #2

Did you know that 95% of clothing sent to landfill could be reused or recycled?

Donating your used clothing and other textiles keeps waste out of landfills and supports important community programming.

Visit afterwear.ca to learn more and find a clothing donation site near you. #TextileTuesday #WasteReductionWeek

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bin

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!