On average, Canadians throw out approximately 68 pounds of textiles each year, ranging from clothing, shoes, boots and accessories, to bedding and bath items, and more. Where do you think most of these items end up? If you said landfill, you are correct. Textiles are the new environmental problem. So what’s the solution? It’s easy: don’t dump, donate.
Diabetes Canada has been collecting clothing and accessories from more than one million households and 4,500 donation bins across Canada for more than 30 years. In an average year, Diabetes Canada’s reusable goods program diverts 100 million pounds of textiles, electronics and small household items from landfill. This translates into savings of 942 million kWh of energy — equivalent to driving a compact car around the globe more than 46,000 times — and reduces our carbon footprint by 130 million kilograms.
With the majority of the textiles you donate being reused, repurposed or recycled, you are truly helping to reduce what goes to landfill. But that’s not all you’re doing: your donations also help to fund world-leading research to end diabetes; send 2,400 youth and families to D-Camps for children living with type 1 diabetes; and support the 11 million Canadians (or 1 in 3 people) living with diabetes or prediabetes.
Diabetes Canada’s free home pickup service and donation bins are a convenient solution for Canadians who want to declutter and donate — and make a difference.
To learn more about the reusable goods program and to schedule a pickup, visit declutter.diabetes.ca or call 1-800-505-5525.