Textiles in the News

Connector Summer 2016

Metro Vancouver Considers Textile Ban

Metro Vancouver is looking into a possible ban on clothing and textile waste in the region’s landfills. This would mean residents who throw out their old clothes could be fined for doing so.

A 2015 waste analysis showed the average person in the region throws out 19 kilograms, or 42 pounds, of textiles every year.

At this stage, Metro Vancouver is still trying to determine why so much clothing is thrown out every year – whether it’s because the clothes aren’t reusable or if it’s a lack of knowledge about where they can donate them. Stakeholder consultation will take place before any sort of ban is in place, and opportunities for people to recycle or donate clothes will be reviewed.

Source: CBC News

Levi’s Brings Recycling Program to Canada

Levi’s has expanded its clothing recycling program to all stores and outlets in Canada. Consumers can drop off any brand of clothing or shoes in collection boxes at the stores.

The initiative, in partnership with I:Collect (I:CO), launched as a pilot project in three stores in San Francisco in 2014, and was expanded to all American Levi’s stores last year. The program is also available in the U.K. and Japan.

I:CO is a solutions provider for reusing and recycling apparel and footwear. Wearable items are resold, while other pieces are reused as products such as cleaning cloths, recycled into fibers for insulation and paddings, or upcycled into new products.

Michael Kobori, vice-president of sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co., told Marketing the program demonstrated to consumers that Levi’s was “walking the walk and moving towards a closed loop/circular economy.” Kobori said the company was thinking about sustainability across all facets of its business and how to shift consumer behaviour to make recycling clothing the norm.

“Asking people to do things that are new and that they normally do not do is a challenge,” he said. “We have approached this by creating an incentive program offering 20% off consumers’ next single-item purchase every time they bring in clothing or footwear to be recycled… [The promotion] has been our most successful redemption program to date.”

To raise awareness of the program in Canada, Levi’s has created in-store signage and is promoting it via social media. Store associates are also helping to spread the word.

Source: Marketing Magazine