Waste Reduction Week in Canada is an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.
On PEI, we practice waste reduction every day of the year through our participation in the Waste Watch Program. Islanders are proud of our accomplishments as leaders in waste management. Through composting, recycling, and special disposal programs, PEI diverts an average of 429 kg per person from the waste stream, well above the Canadian average of 255 kg per person.
During Waste Reduction week, let’s take ACTION. By adopting even more environmentally conscious choices we can further reduce land and water pollution, preserve natural resources, and create solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges.
- Watch for daily themed posts to help focus efforts and discussion;
- Take the Food Waste Pledge by clicking here for details;
- Plan a Waste Reduction Event for your home, office or classroom;
- Visit wrwcanada.com for resources and more information
Did you know the average Canadian throws away 37 kg of textiles each year? In the last 15 years, clothing production has approximately doubled driven by a growing middle-class population across the globe and increased per capita sale. The rise in production of textiles can be attributed to the rise of fast fashion, with quicker turnaround of new styles and in some cases, lower prices. This demand has resulted in the clothing industry being one of the world’s biggest polluters.
Here are some other alarming facts about textiles (taken from wrwcanada.ca).
- The number of times a garment is worn before it is discarded has decreased by 36% over the past 15 years.
- One garbage truck of textiles is incinerated or landfilled every second in Canada.
- 85% of unwanted textiles is thrown away.
- More than one half of fast fashion is disposed of in less than a year.
- It takes 2,600 litres of water to make one new t-shirt.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Increase the average number of times your clothes are worn.
- Increase your demand for recycled materials in the production of clothing.
- Only wash items when they need to be washed to decrease the amount of microfibers entering waterways.
- Sell or donate unwanted, gently used, clothing.
- Be creative with textiles that cannot be donated—make rags, crafts, etc.
DAY 1: MONDAY, OCT. 19 — CIRCULAR ECONOMY