#EARTHLOVESTHRIFT

April 22nd is Earth Day, one of our favourite days! This year’s theme is Investing in our Planet, and we’re proud to invest in our planet everyday with our 3 Rs: refresh, recycle, restyle.

Join us from April 1-22 as we share why #EarthLovesThrift.

REFRESH April 1-9 | RECYCLE April 11-17 | RESTYLE April 18-22

Limited Time Offer

Donate April 1-22 to save 25%* on your next purchase.

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*Some restrictions apply.

Quizzes & Contests

Test your “sustain-abilities” with our weekly quizzes, and share your thing for thrift in our social contests for your chance to win!

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#EarthLovesThrift-spiration

All the inspiration you need to start refreshing, recycling, and restyling, thanks to our creative experts across the country. New content each week!

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Did You Know

Here are some facts about your impact by shopping and donating at The Salvation Army Thrift Store, as well as other resources and information about how Refreshing, Recycling, and Restyling contributes to greener communities.

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The Voice of Your Donation

The power of your donations are limitless. Your gently used clothing and household items can speak, and these are their stories.

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Host a Donation Drive

Invest in your community and your planet by organizing a donation drive. It’s fun and easy, and we’re with you to offer support every step of the way.

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LIMITED TIME OFFER

Donate April 1-22 and receive a 25% off coupon!*

Clear out space in your closet and cupboards and help change the lives of neighbours in need. Donations of gently used housewares, home décor, kitchenware, and more are needed at your local Donor Welcome Centre where they have the power to support Salvation Army programs and services and help create greener communities.

*Some restrictions apply.

Your local Donor Welcome Centre is most in need of items like these:

Clothing & Footwear – Women, Men & Children

• T-shirts & Shirts
• Jeans & Dress Pants
• Coats, Jackets & Blazers
• Activewear
• Dresses & Skirts
• Sneakers & Dress Shoes

small kitchen appliances

Kitchen Essentials

• Cookware & Bakeware
• Plates, Bowls & Dishes
• Cups, Glasses & Mugs
• Platters & Serving Bowls
• Tools, Gadgets & Utensils
• Small Kitchen Appliances

Home Décor

• Wall Art, Mirrors & Frames
• Vases & Figurines
• Lamps
• Small Furniture – items that can be carried by 1-person

Bedding & Linens

• Tablecloths & Table runners
• Throw Blankets & Pillows
• Quilts & Coverlets
• Curtains

Leisure & Other

• Sporting Goods
• Books & Media
• Board Games & Toys
• Pet Accessories
• Electronics
• Gardening Supplies

QUIZZES & CONTESTS

Each week we’re sharing a three-question quiz about sustainability centred around our three Rs. Check back each week for a new quiz, and submit your answers on our Facebook or Instagram page for a chance to win a coupon for 50% off any purchase up to $100! Now that’s sustainable savings.

 

1) What percentage of total global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the fashion industry?

2) What is the average number of times a woman wears an article of clothing?

3) Which of the following is not an example of shopping sustainably?

a. Buying new clothes to match seasonal trends
b. Shopping at thrift stores
c. Buying few, high-quality items
d. Picking garments made from natural fibers

Leave your answers on our Facebook or Instagram pages for your chance to win!

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DID YOU KNOW

Here are some facts about your impact by shopping and donating at The Salvation Army Thrift Store, as well as other resources and information about how Refreshing, Recycling, and Restyling contributes to greener communities.

1) We Diverted 

70,820,221 lbs from local landfills. 

That includes:

• 6,025,386 lbs of books, paper, and pulp

• 8,625,431 lbs of electronics and metal

• 28,256,587 lbs of household items 

• 27,912,817 lbs of clothing and textiles

The equivalent of 1,400 full recycling trucks!

2) Fashion Must Get Circular

Fashion currently runs on a harmful linear model, accounting for an estimated 10% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The future of fashion must be circular.

Around 70% of fashion’s GHG emissions come from upstream activities, such as fabric production. Throwaway fashion culture perpetuates the problem, with the average consumer discarding clothes after only 7 or 8 wears.

Current: Linear Fashion

Future: Circular Fashion

Extending the life of clothes diverts textiles from landfills and displaces GHG used in garment production. Buying an item secondhand replaces the need to manufacture a new item, reducing its carbon footprint by 82%.5

Want to learn more about sustainability in fashion? Check these out:

EarthDay.Org

NACTR – The National Association for Charitable Textile Recycling

NZWC – The National Zero Waste Council

Blog – How Thrift Shopping is Being Kind to the Earth

THE VOICE OF YOUR DONATION

At The Salvation Army Thrift Store, a donation is more than just an item. Learn about the lifecycle of a donation, and explore the remarkable stories from the perspective of a donation below.

Beyond a blazer

As a double-breasted blazer from the 2020 Tom Ford Spring collection, I was destined for greatness. When Christopher picked me up after work in downtown Toronto, I instantly became his go-to blazer. For two years I travelled the world, from business meetings in Tokyo to golf trips in Scotland. But when the 2022 Spring collection came out, I was replaced by something new. I had no idea then, but my journey was just beginning.

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More than a raincoat

I may look like a regular yellow raincoat, but I am so much more. When Sam’s mom picked me up a few years ago, I was brand new. I loved playing in the rain with Sam as she danced through puddles. When my sleeves became too short for her, Sam got a new raincoat. That’s when my journey really started. 

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A Dresser’s Lasting Legacy

I was handmade in 1903 by a craftsman in Quebec. With my regal stature and beautiful colouring, I became the focal point of my first owner’s sitting room for over 40 years. When she passed away, I became a cherished family heirloom, handed down from generation to generation. The older I grew, the more wear I endured. Last year, when no one in my family wanted me, I thought I had reached the end of my journey. Then I got a second chance to be loved and admired.

Read more.

HOST A DONATION DRIVE

Invest in your community and your planet today. By hosting a donation drive on our behalf you are making a difference to the work that we do and the lives of others.

Do Something Bigger

Giving generously of your time for a donation drive is a fantastic and fun way for individuals, families, community groups, schools and companies of all ages and abilities to help positively impact their communities through supporting our Thrift Stores while inspiring teamwork and community spirit.

Supporting Something Extraordinary

We offer a unique way to serve through retail and recycling. By driving donations for us, you help give support to The Salvation Army’s programs, services and emergency disaster relief efforts in your community that nurtures the capabilities, skills and strengths of your neighbours and friends.

Save Our Planet

Through our Thrift Stores, gently used items can be refreshed, recycled or restyled diverting millions of kilograms of gently used clothing, household items and furniture from Canadian landfills. Help support and serve our Earth and everyone who shares it.

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*Minimum purchase of $25. Coupon valid between April 1-30, 2022 on select items; must present electronic copy of coupon or original hard copy, no reproductions permitted; redeemable exclusively at Salvation Army Thrift Store locations listed at www.thriftstore.ca; cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount, offer or promotion; excludes auction items, buy now items, Booth Sleep Line and purchase of Thrift Store Gift Cards; discount taken at register; offer subject to change without notice; no adjustments on previous purchases.