Have you ever stopped to wonder what the effects your clothing spending habits have on the environment?
If you haven’t thought about this before the truth is, the average Canadian sends 37 kilograms of clothing into the waste stream annually and buys 70 new articles of clothing each year.
Furthermore, every piece of discarded clothing contributes to the more than 12 million tons of textiles that North Americans throw away each year.
To shed some light on the reality of clothing waste, Value Village is unveiling a must-see art installation in Toronto’s Graffiti Alley on Tuesday, October 16.
The installation is intended to help the public realize the impact of their clothing footprint as part of Toronto Waste Reduction Week.
Additionally, visitors will also have the chance to learn about waste reduction solutions and learn how they can make smart changes to reduce their clothing footprint.
According to the event organizers, just one thrifted t-shirt can save up to 700 gallons of water, and a secondhand pair of jeans saves up to 1,800 gallons of water.
If we all make smart changes to reduce our clothing footprint, we can make a big environmental difference locally and beyond.
Toronto Waste Reduction Week
When: October 16
Time: 8 am to 8 pm
Where: Graffiti Alley, 513 Queen Street West
Price: Free to the public