How these kids are cutting down on clothing waste (Marketplace)


♪ ♪ Charlsie : Raise your hand if
you’re in the eco-club? Whoa! Charlsie:They might
be a small group,
but Tecumseh elementary
school’s eco-club
has been fighting backagainst fast fashion
in a big way.
Ms Jones says, “we’re going to
learn about textile waste.” And then what? I went on
the computer and I searched up
clothing-textile waste and your video was the first
video that came up. Charlsie:The Marketplace
episode was all
the group of Burlington,
Ontario students needed
to take actionJones: Before it was
even over they were helping make posters
and talking about who they were going to call
to bring in their donations and they got really
excited about it. ♪ ♪ Textile waste to landfills
is one of the fastest growing categories of waste. Charlsie:Last year
Marketplace investigated
the growing problem of cheap,
mass-marketed clothing
at popular retailers.♪ ♪Most of it, 85 per cent
ends up in landfill.
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪Messages and images
the eco-team took to heart
but also shared
with their peers.
Can you read it? I am from china,
the other side of the world. And if you throw me out
I will go to the landfill. Charlsie:Students made
dozens of posters,
warning about the challenges
of recycling blended fibres
and finding ways to extend
the life of unwanted textiles.
Student:I think doing this
and having all the support
is really great
to help eco-grow and to help our
community get better and realize how much
stuff we throw away, how much stuff we use. ♪ ♪ Charlsie: Are you
ready eco-team? Let’s go! All right, drop them
off, right in front! Look at this haul,
holy smokes. Charlsie:They also had their
own clothing drive…
One, two, three! Thank you. Charlsie:..which ended
with a massive weigh in.
All right guys,
you have 530 kilograms today. [cheering] Charlsie:To date schools,
including Tecumseh,
have helped divert
more than 3 million pounds
of textile waste
away from landfill.
All: Welcome Marketplace to
the first ever Shwapping Centre! [cheering] ♪ ♪ Charlsie:Not too
far away in Markham, Ontario
students at Wismer
Public School
came up with their very own wayto keep clothes out of landfillWe saw theCBCdocumentary
and a lot of times before we would always donate our
clothes but when we saw it, we realized that a lot of it
wasn’t always going to places where we thought it would go. If people don’t buy
them, we just dump them. Charlsie:These images
of clothes donated
in North America,
only to be sent overseas
to be burned and wasted,stuck with the studentsYeah, we burnt them,
and it is a lot to us because we already
bought them. ♪ ♪ Welcome to
the Shwapping Centre. Charlsie:To keep their own
unwanted clothes from
being wasted,
grade six students hosted
their first annual
clothing “schwap.”
Its a Shwapping Centre,
you give it, and we give it
for free instead of just wasting it
and polluting. Charlsie:Parents
and students were invited
to the gym to sort through
gently-used clothes –
all washed and presented
according to size and style.
I’m grateful that you
guys are doing all of this. Charlsie:The goal?Keep clothes out of landfill
by giving them a second life.
I think there was
a real sense of wanting to know what they could do to make it
better and so this Shwapping Centre
emerged as their idea of, “okay, this is one way
we can take steps to mitigate some of the problems
that we cause in the world.” And also to give
back to the community, our own school community
and neighbouring schools. ♪ ♪ Anything that you want for
yourself, is yours. Charlsie:
Their teachers –
Rizwahna Kadeerna
and Noola Paul were impressed
with their students passion
to answer a call to action.
For me to have my students
see the connections, and the impacts, that we,
lving here in Canada have on another parts
of the world because of
the choices that we make, that was really important. Charlsie:The call to act
against fast fashion
is being heard all the way
at Ontario’s legislature.
Skelly: Could the minister
confirm that the culture of waste at
Queen’s Park, is over? All:
Here, here! [applause] Charlsie:MPP Donna Skelly
is calling on her government
to implement a provincewide
stewardship program.
Skelly: It’s really a volunteer
effort to just get people to stop and think about the good
from not throwing something in the garbage
and actually donating it. Charlsie:She’s holding a
contest to create a logo
that can be used
across Ontario as a symbol
to encourage people
to buy less.
Skelly:Manufacturers
are considering
adding it to their
clothing or it could be
on the front of a door
as you’re walking into a store.
Charlsie:It looks like
the next generation
is already getting the message.♪ ♪This is your
Marketplace.
From what you eat…You wouldn’t feed that
to your child? Absolutely not. Charlsie:..to what
you spend.
Why are the banks
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From your DNA…
Will my spit on this
chip tell me I am Italian? Charlsie:..to keeping
your identity safe.
Common: We know these
people are dangerous. You basucally watched
yourself get hacked? Yes. Charlsie:
We investigate…
That’s your
credit card number. That’s kind
of disturbing. Charlsie:And we reveal
the science, the tests…
Hold on. Hold on!
That car’s coming. Charlsie:
..and the truth
We have an antibiotic
ressitant bacteria. It’s dangerous driving
these trucks. Charlsie:We are with you
every step of the way.
♪ ♪ We loveMarketplace.I want to thank you,
Marketplace, for a job well done. I would like to thank you
very much for your informative program. We really appreciate you
going that extra mile. Thank you,
Marketplace.
Keep up
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12 thoughts on “How these kids are cutting down on clothing waste (Marketplace)

  1. Watch our initial investigation into how fast fashion adds to the world's clothing waste problem. ^nr https://youtu.be/elU32XNj8PM

  2. there are such things as rag off that all charity program and store has, the clothes go to another country or to make rags, this been going on a long time, so marketplace that you do not know, the clothes are good to go on floor to sell for charity if anybody wish to volunteer at stores like that, go for it, not for propaganda to help out the charity

  3. Why doesn't CBC talk about Markham's Textile Recycling program which aims to divert all textiles out of the landfill?

  4. _ oh look clothes left behind by homeless people, i know what to do_.

  5. That is amazing to know that there is hope in the world. I wish Australia would take note about this 🙂

  6. don't buy new clothes every few months, and give the ones you can't use anymore to somebody else…not so difficult

  7. Yet they post a video Loki titled why donating clothes doesn't help

  8. Yay! Let's get all these clothes and put them in plastic garbage bags!! This is why recycling is such a scam. People have no sense, at all.

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