The Salvation Army Thrift Store (National Recycling Operations) is helping communities and partners play their part in preserving the environment we share through shopping and donating thrift.
As Canada’s largest non-profit textile recycler, the Salvation Army Thrift Store offers a unique way to serve through 108 Thrift Stores, Donor Welcome Centres (DWCs), nine Distribution and Recycling Centres (DRCs), nine municipal partnerships, donation drop bins and residential pick ups.
“We give donated items a second chance at life through our Thrift Stores and DRCs,”says Tonny Colyn, National Donations Manager. “We have been doing this for 110 years in Canada and are at the forefront of textile recycling and continue to increase our diversion of electronics and household items.”
In financial year 2017-2018 the Salvation Army Thrift Store diverted over 79 million pounds of used items from local landfills, an 8% increase from the previous year. “Donating gently used items saves them from overflowing landfill sites and preserves our Earth’s precious resources while giving back to those in need,” said Colyn. All funds raised through recycling initiatives with ethical partners supports local Salvation Army programs and services.
Shopping thrift has a vital part to play in supporting a sustainable environment and helping countless adults and families. “Thrift shopping is a solution for making fashion sustainable while helping the planet,” says Michele Walker, Director of Retail Operations.
“With over 7 million transactions in our stores last year, it is obvious that people are becoming more cautious about how their purchases make an impact. Shopping with us makes a difference - for their neighbours and for our Earth,” Walker added. Last year through the Thrift Store’s voucher program $6,093,746 of clothing, household items and furniture were given to those in need free of cost.
“We are always striving to be innovators in our field, which is seen through unique municipal partnerships in the Region of Peel, Halton Region, Vancouver and more. We welcome partners to reach out, get in touch and be a part of our environmental stewardship,” Colyn said.