This initiative aims to raise more awareness on the problems surrounding the management of “textile waste” and to help prevent them from being disposed of improperly. Toronto doesn’t publicly collect them or have a separate collection (like electronic and household hazardous waste which are more commonly available). While there are private collection bins, more than half of all clothing donations from those along with thrift stores and textile recycling programs are actually exported - reference to Kantamanto Market in Ghana and the Atacama desert in Chile. So after learning about how most of our secondhand clothing ends up overseas where they turn into toxic waste sites (which not only threatens those communities but also contributes to worsening climate change), the goal is to help manage unwanted clothing / textiles in the community and divert them from landfills.
Read “Talking Textiles” ︎
︎ Next event is on December 17! ︎
This is a monthly event in partnership with East End Arts!
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✦ Welcome to all bodies, identities and ages! Hate and discrimination in any form will not be tolerated! NO BAD VIBES. ✦
This event will create a circular closed loop system for clothing that people no longer want, while promoting a reuse and “waste not, want not” mentality. It will be a fun alternative to shopping and an engaging way to upgrade your wardrobe - a conscious practice on how to be more intentional about the clothes you wear.
Please wash and dry all clothes beforehand. You’re welcome to bring as much clothing as you can carry - but note that there will be a quality check to determine if your pieces will be for swapping, repairing or *recycling. (“Is it still in good condition? Would you pay for it? Give it to a friend?” If you answered yes to all, then it’ll be perfect for the clothing swap!)
*We will also be accepting and separately collecting “textile waste” which is anything unwearable and beyond repair, they’ll be shredded or deconstructed to be repurposed for other uses. These must be in clean condition as well, we don’t want to handle anything unsanitary so be respectful and considerate - please do not treat this as a garbage dump!
There will be a ‘Textile Library Lab’ - a mending station where participants can use available sewing machines and salvaged materials to repair / alter their clothing, including an opportunity to learn some sewing skills for simple fixes (ex. how to sew a button, patch holes...etc) and receive guidance or ask any questions.
~ The pieces that aren't swapped will be sorted and responsibly distributed within the community to local nonprofits / grassroots groups and people who are in most need. ~