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Textile Waste Diversion at Newnham Campus

With recent studies reporting that Ontario generates more than 500,000 tons of residential textile waste annually, the School of Fashion has organized Seneca’s first-ever textile diversion initiatives.

 Over the next week, the following events and campaigns will take place to foster and promote sustainable textile and apparel diversion:

Tuesday, March 7

  • From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Minkler Atrium, an exhibition on textile diversion initiatives will be on display, including guests from Seneca Facilities, the City of Markham, Textile Waste Diversion, Seneca Career Services, as well as a series of student projects.
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From noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Minkler Atrium, the School of Fashion will launch a clothes donation. Please feel free to donate clean bedding, towels, clothing, shoes, socks, etc. After the launch, the donation bin will be relocated outdoors near the Fire Training Centre.

Thursday, March 9

  • From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room D4032, Kate Black, author of the book Magnifeco and founder of EcoSessions®, will speak about fashion and sustainability
  • From 10 a.m to 7 p.m., the Boutique is hosting a vintage fashion sale. A selection of items from the Fashion Resource Centre will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, March 14



  • From 11 a.m. to noon in the Minkler Atrium, a presentation of refashioned styles and designs will be on display. All garments have been created by student groups using second-hand items.


  • From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Minkler Atrium, a clothing swap will take place. Exchange clothing, shoes and accessories you no longer need with other items that have been donated.

Thursday, March 16



  • From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room D4030, screen the documentary True Cost, which explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet.