I Give a Sh!rt Challenge

Recycling Council of Ontario is a not for profit environmental organization whose mandate is the elimination of waste through activities that use reduce, reuse and recycling (3Rs) practices. Learn more about what we do: www.rco.on.ca.

In the spirit of promoting rewear and reuse, we have partnered with Value Village® to challenge all Ontario secondary schools to organize an in-school clothing collection drive for used clothing (textiles) during Earth Week 2017. A grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the school that collects the most material per student during the challenge. Additional prizes can be won for collection and efforts to ‘take action’ on the issues of textile waste. 

How it works


Register your school Monday, March 13 - Friday, April 14


Collect used clothing items and textiles for reuse or recycling during Earth Week 2017 (April 24 - April 28).


Share your school’s collection efforts and community engagement on issues of textiles waste through social media using the hashtag #IGiveAShirt. Share your social media submissions by May 12. 


Your donated materials will be collected during your assigned collection window (May 1 - May 4).


Submit your final results Monday, May 1 to Friday, May 12. To be eligible to win a prize, schools must register and complete a final submission form. Please note: you do not need the final weight of the clothes you collected to submit your results. Recycling Council of Ontario will send you your totals by the end of May to let you know how your school did. 


Your school could win 1 of 7 prizes for your school's environmental initiatives!

Collection Prizes

  • $5,000 - First place
  • $3,000 - Second place
  • $1,000 - Third place

Collection prizes will be given to the top three schools that collect the most material for recycling and reuse during Earth Week 2017. Please see the challenge rules and FAQ before beginning your collection. 

Community Engagement Prizes

  • $2,000 - Community Engagement 
  • $2,000 - Re-Think/Re-use Fashion
  • $1,000 - Overall social media (x2)

In addition to the clothing collection drive, the #IGiveAShirt Challenge wants students to take action on textile consumption through the power of reuse (rewear). Participating schools will be recognized for their participation, community involvement, and creativity demonstrated through social media.

Show us how your school takes action by involving your community in the issues and challenge. Share photos or videos of your involvement to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #IGiveAShirt. Our panel of judges will be looking for submissions that are innovative and creative. Social media entries can be submitted by student groups, clubs, classes, or as an entire school!

Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas:

  • Film a video interviewing your classmates, teachers, and the community about the issue of textile waste and what is being done to solve these issues.
  • Class presentations.
  • Create an installation or display using textiles that creates awareness.
  • DIY fashion projects using reused textiles.
  • Create a new fashion line using only reused clothing and accessories, then organize a fashion show at your school. 
  • Host an event and invite parents, local organizations, and government to celebrate your school’s involvement in these issues.
  • Trashion Fashion
  • Vintage day: assign a day that students are challenged to wear all vintage clothes.
  • Halloween in spring: celebrate Halloween in spring by challenging students to create a costume using reused clothes.