Meeting monthly to support each other
in engaging in environmental and social justice actions
within our own lives and within the larger community,
both as individuals and as a group.

Our goal is to work together to keep making gradual and
do-able shifts toward a life-sustaining society.
If this sparks your curiosity, please join us
the last Tuesday of each month
@ 6:30pm in the Chinook Room.

Next meetings are February 25, March 31

February’s AH Moment
An Invitation:
For the Sunday service on February 16, 2020, we invite you to wear clothing that you have bought (or
been gifted) second hand or clothing that is 10+ years old. You might wear casual clothing or something
dressy – it all works! We’ll have a little fashion show demonstrating how our clothing can be both earth-
friendly and fashionable (or functional).

Did you know…
– In Canada, each household throws away 46 kilograms of textiles per year on average, making up
around 8-12% of municipal landfills. (Source: CBC, Passionate Eye, Aug 2019,
https://www.cbc.ca/passionateeye/m_features/our-fast-fashion-habit-is-killing-the-planet)
– The fashion industry produces 20% of global wastewater and 10% of global carbon emissions –
more than all international flights and maritime shipping. Textile dyeing is the second largest
polluter of water globally and it takes around 2,000 gallons of water to make a typical pair of
jeans. (Source: UN Environment Programme, Nov 2018, https://www.unenvironment.org/news-
and-stories/story/putting-brakes-fast-fashion)
-Although we don’t grow cotton (one of the world’s thirstiest crops) in Canada, nor are we home
to the world’s most toxic textile factories, we’re still contributors to the global problem through
how much we buy and throw away. (Source: CBC, Passionate Eye, Aug 2019,
https://www.cbc.ca/passionateeye/m_features/our-fast-fashion-habit-is-killing-the-planet)

So What Can We Do?
-Buy less (this is the most impactful!!).
– Buy better quality so your clothing will last longer.
– Think twice before throwing out your clothing.
-Try to repair or redesign them.
– Donate your clothes to your friends, family, neighbours or to charity.
 Put them in the textile recycling bin.

– Buy second hand, swap and rent clothing.
-Buy clothes from sustainable brands.
– Pay attention to your washing.
-Wash your clothing less often.
-Wash full loads.
-Wash in cold water and line dry.