CLOTH­ING

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There are some in­no­va­tive pro­grams in Canada that are help­ing to ex­pand the po­ten­tial for used cloth­ing, with tex­tile-re­cy­cling pro­grams top­ping the list. The city of Markham, ON, has re­cently ini­ti­ated such a project in part­ner­ship with The Sal­va­tion Army and Di­a­betes Canada. It col­lects all types of cloth­ing, and those not suit­able for re­sale are re­cy­cled and re­pur­posed by other or­ga­ni­za­tions into items like in­su­la­tion and car seats. The bot­tom line is, your stuff doesn’t have to be in per­fect con­di­tion to en­joy a sec­ond life. Search on­line for tex­tile-re­cy­cling pro­grams in your ’hood.

If you do have some tip-top out­fits, con­sider giv­ing them to or­ga­ni­za­tions that sup­port women. For ex­am­ple, you can do­nate new or nearly new suits, shoes and ac­ces­sories to Dress for Suc­cess (dress­for­suc­cess.org). This or­ga­ni­za­tion, which has 11 lo­ca­tions across Canada, pro­vides women with an ini­tial suit for their first job in­ter­views and up to a full work week of out­fits once they land a job. Other groups, such as The Cin­derella Project (thecin­derel­lapro­ject.com) in Van­cou­ver, ac­cept out­fits – as well as in-kind and cash do­na­tions – for high school grad­u­ates who can’t af­ford for­mal at­tire for their grad­u­a­tion fes­tiv­i­ties (the site lists sim­i­lar or­ga­ni­za­tions across the coun­try).

The more tra­di­tional way to do­nate cloth­ing is to seek out

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