Unwanted Clothing / Textiles

What do you do with old clothes, shoes or bedding that you no longer want? Consider recycling!

7,000 tonnes of textiles are recycled annually, however, another 30,000 tonnes are still sent to Nova Scotia landfills.

Below are organizations that accept used textiles and find them a new home - away from the landfill.

Association for Textile Recycling (AFTeR)

AFTeR began in 2013 as a group of six organizations that collect used clothing to fund social causes such as helping children at risk, combatting disease, and supporting marginalized citizens and those facing crisis. This is accomplished with the added benefit of keeping the textile materials out of Nova Scotia landfills. http://afterwear.ca

AFTeR members:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline®
  • Canadian Red Cross / LML Trading
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Atlantic)
  • Enviro-Depots and Eastern Recyclers Association
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store
  • Value Village

Give A Darn Yarn - bedding

Launched in January 2013, Give A Darn Yarn uses old bed sheets to make yarn for crocheting, knitting and weaving into new products. Give A Darn Yarn receives over 200 pounds of yarn each week from local hospitals. The sheets that would otherwise be sent to the landfill are boiled and dyed and then ripped into long strips for use crocheting, knitting and weaving. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Give-a-Darn-Yarn/342784862492233

Guys Frenchy’s

Guys Frenchy’s is a used-clothing store with 18 stores throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. For more information, visit http://www.guysfrenchys.com

Windbag Company tote bag Windbag Company - sailboat sails

Originating in Lunenburg, NS, the Windbag Company creates a variety of unique bags out of sailboat sails. The Windbag Company reuses as many tough textiles as they can, making the straps of the bags out of old car seatbelts. Each bag comes with a tag to tell the story of the boat that the sail came from. http://www.windbagcompany.ca/

300 kg

To reach our goal of 300 kg, we all need to reduce our waste by one quarter.