Most Canadians are familiar with the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. These three Rs are a fundamental aspect of waste reduction strategies, and they are also a major component to the message of Earth Day, an annual international recognition dedicated to environmental awareness and action.
At The Salvation Army Thrift Store, National Recycling Operations (NRO), we celebrate Earth Day all month long as we highlight the many ways that shopping and donating thrift are both acts of reducing, reusing, and recycling that help our planet breathe easier.
While the traditional three Rs certainly apply to our NRO operations, the environmental impact of our thrift store operations is so ingrained in who we are that we even have our own version: Refresh, Recycle, and Restyle.
This year’s official Earth Day theme is “Invest in our Planet,” because a green future is a prosperous future, so we are sharing some of the ways that The Salvation Army Thrift Store is investing in our planet everyday alongside our employees, guests, and donors through our three Rs: