September, Secondhand Month is a challenge launched by Oxfam 5 years ago, encouraging consumers not to buy new clothes for a month. It’s an awareness-raising movement that encourages us to rethink our consumption and take part in a circular, solidarity-based and sustainable economy.
It’s a well-known fact that the fashion industry is one of the most polluting. Here are a few facts about the industry:
How can we make a difference and adopt a more responsible way of consuming?
It’s easier than you think. All you have to do is (re)think your habits in terms of reducing consumption by buying better, reusing and repairing. Also, to make a difference and adopt a more responsible mode of consumption, we recommend not throwing away what is still usable, and recycling and adding value to what already exists.
Many people have already begun to integrate second-hand goods into their consumption habits. This sector is booming; it is estimated that the global resale market will grow 11 times faster than the retail sector by 2025.
In Quebec, it’s already worth more than CAD 5 billion, with the Montreal region at its heart.
We’re taking up the #SecondHandSeptember challenge
At Renaissance, we’re taking advantage of #septembre, mois de la seconde main to share tips and tricks on how to consume more consciously and highlight the positive impacts of more responsible consumption.
Buying second-hand at Renaissance has many advantages, including
Consuming better also means giving away what we no longer use and which could be used by others. Thousands of tons of items are diverted from landfill.
Buying and donating to Renaissance is not only environmentally friendly, it also contributes to the development of Quebec’s social economy.
In September, become a Renaissance #Ecollaborator
Our EcollaboratorsMC are committed and inspiring people who adhere to social and environmental values, and who decide to collaborate with us through a powerful vector: sharing.
Ecollaborators are also our donors, who give a second life to their goods and help divert waste from landfill.
Follow us on social networks and discover tips for shopping at thrift stores, video capsules from our ÉcollaborateursMC and don’t miss the launch of our Responsible Consumption Guide.
Subscribe to our #moisdelasecondemain and #SecondHandSeptember keywords on our social networks.
Waste reduction pilot project
In September 2021, as part of its Défi en économie sociale – Agir pour la transition écologique program, which aimed to reduce the volume of landfill waste based on the principles of the circular economy, the City of Montreal awarded Renaissance a generous grant. This financial support has enabled the organization to launch a textile fiber recycling pilot project, in partnership with Vestechpro.
A two-year, three-part textile waste reduction pilot project:
Renaissance would like to thank the City of Montreal for seeing the great potential and positive impact of such a project