Think Thrice before throwing out your clothesThink Thrice before throwing out your clothes<div class="ExternalClass4013F4F4F7B045149611723AE38F5A60"><p>Metro Vancouver has launched a new waste reduction campaign, <em>Think Thrice About Your Clothes</em>, in an effort to curb the staggering amount of clothing thrown out across the region. </p><p>Last year, Metro Vancouver residents threw out more than 44 million pounds of textiles, equivalent to the weight of 44 t-shirts per person. As consumers, we buy three times more clothing than we did in the 1980s yet we keep them for less time. According to a recent study from the UK, the majority of clothing purchases were worn just seven times. </p><p>While a large portion of unwanted clothing is donated, much of it still ends up in the garbage. In Metro Vancouver, textiles is one of the fastest-growing waste categories, accounting for five percent of total garbage produced in the region annually: <a href="https://vimeo.com/289567631" target="_blank">https://vimeo.com/289567631</a></p><p>The campaign offers three ways to help residents avoid clothing waste: reduce, repair, and re-use:</p><ul><li>Reduce: Tips for identifying quality clothes when making a new or second-hand purchase.</li><li>Repair: Care tips to prolong the lifespan of clothes, and DIY repairs & alterations that residents can do at home.</li><li>Re-use: Clear up confusion around where and how to donate unwanted items.</li></ul><p>A new Metro Vancouver <a href="http://www.clothesarentgarbage.ca/" target="_blank">website</a> offers nine DIY repair and alteration ‘How To’ videos, a stain removal guide, and a handy infographic explaining what happens to donated clothes. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue50-thinkthrice.jpg2019-02-28T08:00:00ZGP0|#cad60d88-5c0c-483d-8c0b-877fe7cac52a;L0|#0cad60d88-5c0c-483d-8c0b-877fe7cac52a|Issue 50;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassEEE10EF61CB148578BEF1D13A9FEB36A"><p>​Metro Vancouver has launched a new waste reduction campaign, <em><a href="/thinkthrice">Think Thrice About Your Clothes</a>,</em> in an effort to curb the staggering amount of clothing thrown out across the region.</p></div>0