Every year Lethbridge residents throw out the equivalent of 65 t-shirts per person in the landfill. This includes over 1,000 tonnes of textile waste, including clothing, linens and even stuffed toys ending up in the garbage. That is according to Environment Lethbridge. Kathleen Sheppard, the Executive Director of the organization, says a website has been created to help us curb our waste.
“One of the things that we’re really encouraging as we head into the Christmas season is for people to find ways to reduce their textile footprint. There’s a number of things you can do. One is asking that question before you buy that new shirt or pair of pants to whether you really need it. Part of it too goes to making sure your clothes and other textiles last as long as possible. Making sure you’re caring for them properly, and also buying items at the best quality that you can to help extend their lifespan.”
Environment Lethbridge was established in 2012 and aims to educate viewers about the importance of sustainability.
You can visit the Environment Lethbridge website for more details http://wasteless.ca/textiles/