In 2021, we published Canada’s first Textile Recycling Feasibility Report, with financial support from Environment & Climate Change Canada and in partnership with Seneca College, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Goodwill Industries and the CTTEI.
Our methodology involved analyzing data from our own post-consumer textile waste audits in 10 different municipalities, over the course of one year. From this research, we determined the volume of textiles that consumers are throwing away, as well as their condition, and in some cases the fibre composition and brand name. In addition, we surveyed the apparel industry – yarn, fibre and fabric mills, apparel manufacturers, brands and retailers – to determine the volume and composition of post-industrial and pre-consumer textile waste in Canada. In total, we estimate that nearly 500,000 tonnes of textile waste is ending up in Canada’s waste streams each year. This does not include textiles from the Industrial, Commercial & Institutional sector (ICI), which means this number is even higher.