What kind of materials will be accepted for the #IGiveAShirt Challenge™?

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I Give A Shirt - Accepted materials

How and when will the material be collected from our school?​

  • After registrations close RCO and Value Village will determine what day your school will have your items collected. 
  • You will receive an email from RCO with details on your collection window. This email will include contact information for the driver that will be collecting the material. 
  • Materials will be collected from Nov 5 2018 – Nov 10 2018 during regular school hours. 
  • It is important that you use the collection day provided by RCO. Please do not arrange for the material to be collected yourself. The material will be weighed after it is collected and we need to be able to attribute your total collections back to your school to be eligible for prizes. 
  • If, during the collection week, your school has collected more than 20 large bags of clothing please contact us and we may be able to arrange an interim pick-up of the material.

How should materials be packed for pick-up?

All materials should be clean and packed as compactly as possible in large garbage type bags or cardboard boxes. (All plastic bags and cardboard boxes are recycled after collection.)

Who is eligible to participate in the challenge?

Any secondary school in Ontario and B.C. is eligible to participate. The #IGiveAShirt Challenge is an excellent activity for school eco/environmental clubs, environmental/science classes, or fashion clubs!

What will happen to the material collected as part of the challenge?

The material will be delivered to one of Value Village’s retail locations in Ontario  or B.C. where it will be resold for rewear. Material that is not purchased in these stores are sold to customers in markets where there is a demand to help supply economies with a steady stream of high-quality goods. More information is available at

Who is collecting the material?

The material will be collected by one of Value Village’s non-profit collection partners. Value Village will pay the non-profit organization for every item collected, providing the non-profit with unrestricted revenue to fund its mission and programs. 

What is the nature of the partnership between Value Village and Recycling Council of Ontario?

  • The #IGiveAShirt Challenge was created in partnership between Value Village and Recycling Council of Ontario to educate high school students about textile reuse through rewear. Value Village is a for profit organization and all the clothes collected will be put into the Value Village Cycle. Value Village has made an upfront sponsorship commitment to Recycling Council of Ontario, a non-profit charity, to support efforts to promote waste reduction in Ontario. 
  • Value Village is the exclusive funder of this campaign. Value Village also pays a non-profit partner for all clothing/textiles that are collected during the campaign. Value Village sells the clothes through their stores and to vendors they have commercial arrangements with around the world.

What is the difference between reuse through rewear and recycling when we talk about textiles (clothing)?

  • The purpose of reuse through rewear is to keep the material in its original form for as long as possible. When you donate a shirt to a non-profit organization, it's able to be sold as a shirt and becomes someone else’s ‘new to them’ shirt. By promoting reuse through rewear we extend the useful life of the material making the inputs of its production (energy/water etc.) more meaningful. 
  • When textiles are recycled, their original form is re-purposed (altered) in into something else.  These new materials could be rags, carpets, and insulation.  
  • Because it requires more energy to recycle textiles, it is always preferred to extend the life of the material in its original form for as long as possible. In order of the 3Rs hierarchy: reduce first, then reuse, and recycling as the final option. All 3RS are preferred to disposal.

What will happen to the donated textiles once they are collected?

Value Village’s non-profit collection partner will collect the clothing from the schools and deliver the material to one of Value Village’s retail locations in Ontario and B.C. (most likely the closest Value Village store to the school). There the materials will be sorted for reuse (rewear) or recycling. Value Village will pay the non-profit partner for all items collected.

What happens to donated textiles that cannot be resold at Value Village?

  • When clothes do not sell in a Value Village store or are not in good enough condition for resale  they are sent to a consolidation site for sorting. Items that are still in good condition are sent to overseas markets for resale. If the material is deemed to be in a condition that it cannot be resold, it will either be re-purposed into items such as upholstery, rags, or insulation. 
  • We want students to understand the full cycle of textiles and the important of the 3R’s hierarchy: reduce first, then reuse, and recycle as a final option. Because it requires more energy to recycle (re-purpose) textiles, it is always preferred to extend the life of the material in its original form for as long as possible. When textiles are recycled, the new materials could be rags, carpets and insulation. 

My school can't collect clothes for the challenge. Can we still participate in #IGiveAShirt?

Absolutely! Schools are not required to participate in clothing collection in order to participate in the community engagement and social media challenges. We encourage schools to take action in any way possible! Registration by Oct. 12 is still required to be eligible for prizes. 

How are winners chosen?

All participants must submit a final entry from Oct 19 - Nov 16 2018. 

Collection Prizes

​​​​All materials will be weighed by Value Village after they are collected from schools. The total weight of allowable materials collected will be divided by the total number of students in the school.  The schools with the highest ratio of materials collected per student will be the winners.  Enrollment numbers will be confirmed by RCO before winners are determined.

Community Engagement Prizes

Creativity rules! Post photos or videos to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #IGiveAShirt about the 3Rs, textile recycling, and your clothing collection drive! A team of judges will determine the winners based on a school’s creativity and understanding of the issue of textile waste and reuse. Need some inspiration for your submission? Here are some ideas.  

Not all students in our school are participating; do I still have to submit total students?

Yes. Schools must submit the total student enrollment of their school. Enrollment numbers will be verified before winners are determined and prizes are allocated. 

When will the winners be announced?

December 2018

When and how will the prizes be distributed?

Prizes will be distributed in January 2019. We will send cheques made payable to the winning school.​

What can schools do with the prize money?

In the spirit of waste reduction and recycling we encourage schools to use their prize for environmental initiatives, and are welcome to use their winnings as they see fit.

Why should I shop at a thrift store?

Thrift stores are a great place to find amazing values on gently used pieces including clothing, household goods and accessories. It’s fun to thrift shop – not to mention when you realize the power and positive impact of reuse on the world around us, you’ll want to shop more. Value Village stores offer a redefined thrift shopping experience with clean, bright aisles that are neatly organized into specific departments and an ever-changing selection of more than 100,000 items with fresh pieces are added daily.

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