The average Canadian will toss out 81 pounds of clothing this year.

That amounts to 26 billion pounds of clothing that end up in environmentally hazardous landfills.

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The Impact of Fast Fashion

Most Canadian’s have closets overflowing with clothing — some of which have rarely if ever been worn. Inexpensive clothing — so called "fast fashion" — has become so common, it's not unusual for people to throw away clothes worn only once or twice. 

The fast fashion phenomenon - cheap clothing with a quick turnover that encourages people to keep buying is creating an environmental disaster.

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It’s tough to love our clothes and keep wearing them season after season when we are faced with a tempting array of new collections and sales. But before you head out for those irresistible deals, spare a thought for the impact of fast fashion on the environment.  

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What actually happens to your donated clothes?

We know the clothes you donate should reach those in need but instead the majority end up in Landfills.

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For anyone who doesn't want their old clothing to end up in a landfill, charities and clothing donation bins sound like a win-win solution; the donor gets to declutter, the charity gets to resell the clothing to fund good deeds or to give to those in need and a shopper gets a great bargain.  

The idea, of course, being that your unwanted clothing will go to someone locally who needs it. Turns out, your donated pieces might not all be going towards a good cause.  In reality, many "clothing bins" are for profit organizations under the guise of a charity who collect export and resell your donations to developing countries for a profit.

Once your donations have been sorted, a whopping 85% of your clothing ends up in landfills which then decomposes, contaminates the soil and emits a toxic brew of pollution.

How does Shop for a cause work?

  1. Once you’ve gathered your donations it’s as easy as Contact Us to schedule a pick up.

  2. Your donations will be sorted and sold at a ‘Shop for a Cause’ charity sale.

  3. We provide financial aid. Funds raised through our charity sales are donated to benevolent organizations in Montreal.

  4. The funds will go directly to providing food, beverages, shelter, clothing and other important amenities for the homeless and less fortunate people of Montreal.

  5. We provide support. Clothing that can not be sold will be distributed to local benevolent charities, handed directly to the homeless, and distributed to Canadian recycling companies.

What's the result?

  1. The more you donate your unwanted clothes to ‘Shop for a Cause’ the more clothes we can divert away from hazardous landfills

  2. Every garment you donate counts to reduce the 81 pounds of clothing we toss out annually.

  3. Proceeds from the Charity sale will go back to help those in our City of Montreal.

  4. We picked charities such as Old Brewery Mission, Dans La Rue and Welcome Hall Mission, to name just a few.

  5. We chose to partner with reputable charities that truly care about our great City of Montreal and will ensure your donations reach the homeless and those in need.

MAKE AN ECO-FRIENDLY GESTURE

  Shop For A Cause encourages you to make a wise choice by ensuring  your donations benefit the people you want to help