Reuse Resources

Why Reuse?

The average person throws out 37 kilograms of textiles each year; yet, 95 per cent could have been reused or recycled.

The average Canadian buys 70 new clothing items every year. One cotton t-shirt takes 2,650 liters of water to produce. Imagine how much water the average Canadian consumes for their yearly wardrobe choices!

Once clothing items are no longer wanted, consider using them for a different purpose or giving them to someone in need.

    Let’s work together to find a new life for unwanted or damaged products and textiles. Many websites and apps exist for trading or selling used goods to others. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Find resources below that support reuse and check out the local directory to find businesses near you. 

    Ways to Reuse:

    1.  Host a swap event
    2.  Buy secondhand goods
    3.  Donate used items to donation centres
    4.  Give used items to friends in need
    5.  Take them to recycling centres or depots

    General Resources

    Let’s Go Zero Waste Directory

    Let’s Go Zero Waste Directory

    "...we’re here to help you find low-waste-friendly places nearby & online by bringing together a searchable directory of businesses & initiatives that are focused on promoting a circular economy, such as bring your own (BYO) container-friendly...

    Poshmark

    Poshmark

    Poshmark is a leading fashion resale marketplace powered by a vibrant, highly engaged community of buyers and sellers and real-time social experiences.  Buying thrifted items gives them new life and prevents them from going to waste. Secondhand goods are often...

    Salvage and Reuse: Green Home Renovation Guide

    Salvage and Reuse: Green Home Renovation Guide

    Salvage and Reuse: Green Home Renovation Guide Renovating your home or business? Consider using a salvage and reuse approach following the guidance from this City of Vancouver resource.By using “greener” alternatives or methods than the standard, you reduce your...

    IKEA Furniture Bank Partnership (GTA)

    IKEA Furniture Bank Partnership (GTA)

    Ikea Furniture Bank partnership IKEA has partnered with Furniture Bank to collect your gently used mattresses and couches to give to families in need. Check out their removal services and associated costs below.     Donating what you don’t want or need is a...

    Habitat for Humanity Restore

    Habitat for Humanity Restore

    Habitat for Humanity Restore Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home and building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials.         Donating what you don’t want or need is a great alternative to throwing them out....

    Swap It Toolkit

    Swap It Toolkit

    Swap It Toolkit Developed by the Circular Innovation Council, the Swap-It Toolkit is a multi-language and customizable package of resources that includes everything you need to organize a successful swap event in your community, building, or workplace.    ...

    Facebook Marketplace Buy & Sell

    Facebook Marketplace Buy & Sell

    Facebook Marketplace If you have a Facebook account, you can sell what you don't need or look to buy secondhand from someone in your community!  Buying thrifted items gives them new life and prevents them from going to waste. Secondhand goods are often much more...

    Bikes for Cuba

    Bikes for Cuba

    Donate your Bicycle “Help us support young cyclists in Cuba by donating bikes and gear [or] by helping transport our donated bikes while on your next Cuban holiday!"     Donating what you don’t want or need is a great alternative to throwing them out. When...

    Peel Region Resources

    Turtle Green Refillery

    Turtle Green Refillery

    "Turtle Green Refillery offers earth-friendly home and personal care products in minimal packaging and refillable containers. Cut back on plastic consumption  by choosing earth-friendly products right here at Turtle Green!" A refillery is a place where you can buy...

    Kijiji Mississauga & Peel Region

    Kijiji Mississauga & Peel Region

    Kijiji Buy and Sell Sell what you don't need or look to buy secondhand from someone in your community!  Buying thrifted items gives them new life and prevents them from going to waste. Secondhand goods are often much more affordable than buying new, keeping more...

    York Region Resources

    Kijiji Markham / York Region

    Kijiji Markham / York Region

    Kijiji Buy and Sell Sell what you don't need or look to buy secondhand from someone in your community!  Buying thrifted items gives them new life and prevents them from going to waste. Secondhand goods are often much more affordable than buying new, keeping more...

    City of Markham Textile Donation Bins

    City of Markham Textile Donation Bins

    City of Markham Textile Donation Bins There are over 160 public-access bins available in Markham where textiles can be donated! Program partners pick up the donated items for reuse.    Donating what you don’t want or need is a great alternative to throwing them...

    JRCC Furniture Depot

    JRCC Furniture Depot

    Thornhill Furniture Bank The JRCC Furniture Bank donates gently used furniture to families in need. Drop off your items at a registered location after receiving confirmation, or make a monetary donation to have their team pick up from your location.    ...

    Mini-cycle

    Mini-cycle

    "Mini-Cycle is a children's boutique offering durable, sustainable clothing for children aged 0-14y. It also offers a solution to the investment of buying organic, durable, and quality clothing. Mini-Cycle sells the latest from brands like Bobo...

    To find the listing of individual businesses and organizations, please visit the local directory.

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