I Give a Shirt Challenge

Why Give a Shirt for Planet Earth

In the spirit of promoting rewear and reuse, we partnered with Value Village® to challenge all Ontario and British Columbia secondary schools to organize an in-school clothing collection drive for used clothing (textiles) during Waste Reduction Week in Canada 2017.

The Issue

Textiles has become a topic of interest with growing industry and media attention being placed on sustainability: production impacts on the environment, significant growth of consumption rates, and the amount of material that is lost to disposal. There is also greater recognition directed to a growing reuse and rewear industry and the need to address a lack of recycling options.

The Results

The Partners

Value Village®  is a global thrift retailer – we’ve been a champion for the community and environment for more than 60 years! We save more than 700 million pounds of reusable items from landfills every year by purchasing gently used goods from hundreds of nonprofit organizations, providing those nonprofits with revenue to support their missions and fund their programs. Visit valuevillage.com to learn more. 

Founded in 1978, Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is a member-based non-profit environmental organization whose mandate is the elimination of waste through activities that reduce, reuse, and recycle (3Rs). To that end, our mission is to inform and educate all members of society about the generation of waste, the avoidance of waste, the more efficient use of resources, and the benefits and/or consequences of these activities.





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