The New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) is marking Canadian Environment Week as a time to be aware of how much we waste and encourage Canadians to contribute to preserving and protecting the environment. In 2017, approximately 26 billion pounds of textiles went to North American landfills –most of which was clothing! While it has been observed that ‘thrifting’ is on the rise, throwing away perfectly serviceable clothes is still damaging our environment every day.
Did you know? It takes up to 700 gallons of water to make a simple cotton t-shirt, and over 1800 gallons for a pair of jeans. To put these numbers into perspective: taking a 10 minute hot shower every day for a month would use roughly 830 gallons of water; throwing away 10 t-shirts is almost 7000 gallons of water, going to waste in a landfill.
About 10 billion kilograms of cotton went towards making shirts in North America in 2013.That is equal to, or greater than, the impact of emissions from all New York passenger cars in the same yearas well as 13.4 million American homes worth of electricity.
Joining in to boost reuse and donations, and in partnership with Value Village, NBACL joins in on the Give a Sh!rt campaign every year! Give a Sh!rt is a chance for you, and communities throughout the province, to donate old clothing and apparel to a cause that gives back to New Brunswickers.
Donating clothing and small household items to NBACL is easy! Here’s how you can donate and make a difference as part of Canadian Environment Week: