Last week, I attended the international launch of the Value Village Give a Sh!rt Event at Yonge-Dundas Square. When I was asked to help promote, I had no idea how much waste we actually make for the sake of fashion! It takes over 700 gallons of fresh water to make a single cotton tee, and approximately 1,800 gallons of fresh water for a pair of denim jeans. Yes, you heard me–crazy, right? If you think about it, this makes our vintage finds even more valuable; besides being super cool, one-of-a-kind items, they’re way more sustainable than what’s out there on the market.
They just don’t make them like they used to.
At the event, Value Village teamed up with artists to transform the fountains into a captivating clothing displays. Each visualization helped represent the amount of pollution that comes from the clothing waste we all make.
You might be thinking that your decision to switch up your buying habits won’t make a difference, but you’re wrong: it makes a world of a difference on our environment! Together, we can help save over a half million gallons of water, so why not make your next new tee a thrifted one!
A few ways you can show you give a sh!rt about your clothing footprint include shopping thrift and instead of throwing out your old clothes, make sure you donate at a Community Donation Center at local Value Village store to help keep your clothes out of landfills… because landfills are not laundry piles!
To let the world know you give a sh!rt too, reuse clothing that already exists, take a pic, post on Instagram and/or Twitter and use hashtag #GiveAShirt.
Visit RethinkReuse.ca to find out more about this wonderful cause.