Ontario’s Textile Diversion Symposium

Posted February 13, 2019

  • April 11, 2019
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm

We now consume 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is a 400% increase in clothing production from 20 years ago, and it makes the apparel industry one of the top polluters in the world.

Unwanted and discarded textiles are not just showing up in apparel but also our towels and bedsheets, our furniture and even stuffed toys.

Hosted by the Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative (OTDC), this Symposium will delve into various textile diversion strategies, provide the opportunity to learn from global leaders who are making fashion circular, find meaningful ways to collaborate, and together change a system that is clearly broken.

The Symposium will also act as the official launch of the OTDC consumer awareness advertising campaign, which will be visible across Ontario. The thought provoking ads (courtesy of Public Inc) will focus on the importance of donating unwanted textiles so that they don’t end up in landfill or in recycling bins. The creative for this campaign is available to any Ontario municipality (at no charge) who is committed to textile diversion.

The full agenda will soon be published, but confirmed speakers include:

  • Carolina Bedoya, Resale Recycling Manager, Eileen Fisher, New York
  • Bob Kenney, Recycling Development Officer Sustainability and Innovation, Air Quality and Resource Management Nova Scotia Department of Environment (NSE)
  • Karen Storry, Senior Project Engineer, Zero Waste Implementation, Solid Waste Services Metro Vancouver
  • Virginia Maclaren, Associate Professor University of Toronto
  • Dave Kasper, General Recycled, Vancouver, Canada

A limited number of early bird tickets are available until March 10th!



Venue Website:

1750 Finch Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M2J 2X5