metro vancouver officials want people to think before throwing out clothes
The wide array of cheap fashion clothes made Joanne Lenfer unable to help.
She would buy it while shopping at the grocery store or online, and when it wasn\'t appropriate or liked, she just threw the clothes into the donation box and the label was still there.
\"It\'s almost too convenient and too cheap,\" she said . \"
\"I\'m not even too lazy to try it on.
I bought it and brought it home.
It\'s not even worth returning them if you don\'t like them.
\"But later Renfer learned how much energy and water was used to make clothes, and where did the clothes go when people ran out of clothes.
Statistics from the Greater Vancouver area show that textile waste is blocking the landfill in BC, with Vancouver residents alone approaching 20 million a year.
The area launched a campaign on Monday urging people to think not only twice but three times before throwing away their clothes.
Karen Storry, senior project engineer for solid waste services at Metro Vancouver, a study of 2016 waste components shows that residents throw away about 40,000 metric tons of textile waste each year, about half of which are clothing.
\"So if you translate it to £ 17 pounds per person, it doesn\'t sound quite like that, but it weighs 44 tons.
She said in an interview.
Storry says people buy three times more clothes than 1980 and wear less, and a lot of them end up being thrown into the trash.
While clothes made of natural materials will eventually break down, those with plastic or plastic products inside \"just sit in a landfill and who knows how long it will stay, said story.
About the material fiber contains plastic, including jacket, T-
Shirts and sweaters, she said.
\"If you see anything with polyester, it has plastic, which is very common fiber in our clothing these days,\" she said . \" She pointed out that in addition to taking up space in landfill sites, garment production requires a lot of energy and water.
The Vancouver Metro\'s \"think twice your clothes\" campaign promotes green options to reduce, repair and reuse textiles, and tips on how to make smart choices when buying new clothes, or even a second purchase
Hand or rent clothes.
Renfer remembers that clothing was an investment for a while and now she says she has returned to that mindset.
\"I thought a lot and I spent a lot of money.
The 61-year-old said: \"I don\'t have so many clothes. I really take care of them . \"year-
Old Vancouver real estate agent
Now, she only throws away her socks and underwear and then donates unused clothes at least three times a year.
She used to buy things almost once a week and was excited about the \"cheap and happy\" outfit.
\"Now she says she has been trying to pay more attention to her purchases.
\"It\'s a little sad to find this a bad thing,\" she said . \".
\"We have to rethink how to buy clothes.