Textiles Tuesday


Did you know the average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, and 95 per cent of those clothes could be reused or recycled? Globally, textiles waste has increased dramatically due to the rise in clothing consumption and production. 


Textiles Tuesday will raise awareness on the environmental consequences of clothing and textiles consumption, and provide information on how you can donate your clothes for rewear/reuse

Register now for the 2018 #IGiveAShirt Challenge

In the spirit of promoting rewear and reuse, we have 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 2018. Participating schools are eligible to win up to $2,500 for their school’s environmental initiatives. Prizes will be awarded based on their collection, social media, community engagement, and innovation efforts in the 2018 #IGiveAShirt Challenge. Not interested or able to collect clothing for the challenge but still want to take action on textiles waste for Waste Reduction Week? Schools have the option of participating in other prize categories.

Visit giveashirtcanada.com to learn more and register your school. Registration closes Oct. 12.

Promotional banner for #IGiveAShirt Challenge

Textiles Tuesday Installation in Graffiti Alley

Textiles waste installation

Canadians send more than 12 million tonnes of clothing and textiles into the waste stream every year – and that’s not a good look. As we shop, scroll, swipe, one-click-ship, like-to-buy and pre-order our way through life, it’s easy to forget that every single “new” purchase is part of the problem. Because, “What’s one more t-shirt?” Well, it takes 2,650 litres of water to make that shirt. “A new pair of jeans?” Add 6,800 litres more.

Consumers are addicted to consumption without giving thought to the impact their apparel purchasing behaviours have on the planet. It’s not a tangible cause and effect scenario we see... yet. We also don’t realize that secondhand shopping and recycling clothing we no longer want are choices we can make to have a positive impact on the environment.

To illustrate this issue, Value Village™ will be creating an interactive art installation calling attention to the issue of textile waste on October 16, Textiles Tuesday of Waste Reduction Week. The installation will take place in Graffiti Alley of Toronto’s Fashion District beginning at 8 a.m. and a short speaking program will commence at noon.

Textiles Tuesday and #IGiveAShirt Challenge Partner:


Key Messaging for Textiles Tuesday

We recommend communicating the following messaging on Textiles Tuesday:

  • Practicing conscious consumption
  • Learning about the environmental impacts of clothing production
  • Repairing clothes before purchasing new
  • Repurposing clothes into new outfits and accessories
  • Extending the life of textiles through reuse: clothing swaps, shopping thrift, and donating clothes.