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MPP Donna Skelly wants to encourage more clothing donations

Donna Skelly's initiative encourages manufacturers to have additional "donate" tags or stamps on clothing items.
Donna Skelly's initiative encourages manufacturers to have additional "donate" tags or stamps on clothing items. City of Hamilton

‘Don’t dump, donate!’

That’s the message from Flamborough—Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly.

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She has introduced a motion Thursday that would encourage retailers and consumers to donate old clothing to charity.

Skelly hopes it will result in more clothing being diverted from landfills and into donation bins.

“Most consumers are unaware of the environmental cost of fast fashion,” said Flamborough-Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly, “This motion will keep clothing out of landfills while putting money into the coffers of local charities.”

The initiative encourages manufacturers to have additional “donate” tags or stamps on clothing items. It also encourages retailers to display the logo and set up donation bins in their stores.

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Skelly says 85% of unwanted clothing and textiles in North America end up in landfills and as a result, fast fashion has become one of our worst polluters.

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