August 17th was National Thrift Shop Day in Canada. Thrift retailer Value Village, one of the organizations joining the Reuse and Repair discussion at the 2016 Zero Waste Conference, marked the occasion with a unique art installation highlighting the issue of textile waste and the role consumers can play in reducing the amount of textiles that end up in landfills. Tony Shumpert, Value Village’s Vice President of Reuse and Recycling, was on hand to explain the rationale behind the ‘Give A Sh!rt’ campaign and his work with the Circular Economy Working Group of the National Zero Waste Council.
Textiles recycling and reuse efforts are scaling up globally, but so too are upstream efforts to reduce the environmental impact of textiles during design, manufacture and sale. An expert panel discusses a range of textile-related issues including how the clothing industry is addressing the wasteful practices associated with ‘Fast Fashion’, what municipalities can do to keep textiles out of the landfill, and the role Extended Producer Responsibility can play to encourage eco-friendly business practices.Continue reading →