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Join the sharing economy!  Why buy something you don’t need all the time when you can borrow it for a fraction of the cost!  Chainsaws tents, tables for a party – these aren’t everyday items, why don’t we share them instead of owing our own?  This will save resources, money and space in your house!

One of the biggest misconceptions that consumers have is that we should only donate clothes that are gently used. Ninety per cent of all people in Ontario donate at least some of their clothes, but whenever we have a pile of unwanted clothing we sort it based on what we imagine to be valuable and donate only the “good” stuff. The rest goes into the waste bin. Fifteen per cent of all unwanted garments are collected while the vast majority, 85 per cent, ends up in our landfills, taking up valuable space, releasing methane and toxic leachate and contributing to climate change.

The following post about clothing waste is written by College of Textiles student Jon Millner, who is the spring 2014 communications intern in the University Sustainability Office.

With the new spring season fast approaching, I recently did some spring cleaning in my closet and realized how much space is taken up by excess clothing.  I found many t-shirts and outdated jeans that I just knew I wouldn’t wear again.

The OneLessStraw pledge campaign strives to educate the public about the dangers of single use plastic straws, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans.

Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year - killing marine life and threatening precious ecosystems.

But it doesn't have to be this way.

We’re calling on big corporations to cut down on plastic, and for governments to take action to tackle the problem.

Will you join the fight against plastic pollution?

Add your name and we’ll be in touch soon with next steps.

Love Food Hate Waste is here to help us all make the most of the food we love.

LFHW Canada is modelled on the LFHW campaign in the UK – a proven behaviour change campaign that, in its first five years, helped cut avoidable food waste by 21 percent, saving UK consumers £13 billion.

Food waste is an urgent, but solvable, global challenge. One third of all food produced globally is wasted and in Canada 47% of the value of food waste can be attributed to households.

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