#TipTuesday: How to Ethically Dispose Your Clothing

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Donation centers get so much clothes that 80-90% of donated garments end up in landfills.

To make sure we don't contribute to the 12 million tonnes of textile waste that Canadians send to the landfill each year, we're sharing four tips that will help you ethically remove clutter in your wardrobe


1. Give clothing to your family or friends

Prolong the life of your garments by giving it to your friends or family members.

 

2. Host a clothing swap

Another option you can do is gather your friends together to have a clothing swap. Ask everyone to bring 5-10 pieces of gently used garments or accessories and swap away! Pro tip: it's easier if you organize all the clothes by size and occasion (eg: work clothes pile, casual clothes pile, etc.). Bonus: you can have wine and pizza while you do this too :)

 

3. Consign & make $$$

For clothes in decent condition, take it to a local consignment store. If a store can make money off your garments, they will likely sell it and not throw it away. Bonus: you can usually make some extra money, or swap it for new pre-loved clothes!

If you're in the Vancouver area, we're big fans of Hunter & Hare. They take all your clothes, sort through it and will contact you in ~2 weeks if there are any clothes they don't think they can sell to give back to you. This is great because they don't throw the garments away so you can drop off any remaining items at a clothing donation bin.

 

4. Donation bins

For clothing with stains, rips, or tears, we recommend dropping it off at a local donation bin. Donation bins are different from donation centres, because the companies that operate the bins make money off each material they sell. This means they’re incentivized to find a home for each piece and ensure it doesn’t go to our landfills. In Vancouver, we are big fans of Trans-Continental Textile Recycling, as they ensure each material goes somewhere and they even ship clothing to Africa where tailors add values to these item.

5. Textile recycling center for larger scraps

For any large amounts of fabrics, drop it off at a textile recycling center. This could have been leftover from one of your craft projects, or if you’re a designer/brand, make sure you properly dispose of scraps, offcuts, end of rolls and any other textile waste. If you're in the Vancouver area, we like FabCycle & Our Social Fabric. If you're elsewhere in the world, search up "textile recycling centers" in your area.


Let us know if you try any of our tips above!