Over the last decade, much has been done to reshape how Canada views its waste – it has gone from a liability to an economic energizing resource. Commodities such as tires, e-waste and lightbulbs now dominate the agenda.
Given that textiles comprises only 6% of landfill, it has been left as a last priority meaning very little research has been done on how Canadians consume and then manage their textile waste. All of the statistics used in Canada are borrowed from American EPA research, under the assumption that Canadians behave similarly. But we don’t know for sure.