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♻️ Do you know what to do with your used textiles?

Since the law prohibiting the use of used textiles for upholstery was repealed last fall, a few textile recycling projects are under development in Quebec. But it is not won yet, far from it. 😶

In the meantime, here is what you can do with your used textiles:

  • ⬇️ Reduce at source: Buy less, better quality, preferably local ⚜️
  • 🔄 reuse : Resell or give away fabrics in good condition that are no longer useful to you
  • ♻️ To recycle : Join a project in development to find new opportunities
  • 🤧 Valuing: Make rags, washable handkerchiefs, tawashis, reusable gift wrap, etc.
  • 🗑️ To throw : Unfortunately, the rest will end up in the landfill, like approximately 50% of textiles used in Quebec each year.

An interesting document to consult to continue your reflection, by Recyc-Québec (2018):

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Aerosols do not go to the recovery bin ♻️

Even if it's metal and it's a container. 🚫 Even if it was just whipped cream. 🚫 Even if you emptied it well. 🚫 Because it's under pressure, so at risk of exploding 🧨 or catching fire 🔥, either in the transport truck or at the sorting centre. You wouldn't want to cause an accident, would you? 🙅

It must therefore be disposed of at the ecocentre or at a collection point for hazardous household waste. Or better yet, don't use any, when possible. Although I admit that I'm fond of whipped cream spray, it's so good on pancakes or waffles… #plaisircoupable

And you? Can you do without aerosols? Are you disposing of it safely?

Thank you Tricentris for this valuable information, once again

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Need good environmental news? ✌️

You have surely heard of the recycling crisis in Quebec, between 2018 and 2020 when the underdeveloped countries where we sent our poorly sorted “scrap” began to refuse our shipments. 😖 The value of these materials has fallen, the materials were accumulating in the sorting centers, for lack of buyers, a real disaster... 😱

But it forced the sorting centers to improve, to find local outlets for their material, and to create new partnerships. 🥳 In short, we're going to get through this, and it will only be better for the planet! ♻️

Read the full article in La Presse: Recycling crisis – “We took our heads out of the water” in Quebec

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Waste reduction starts with purchase 🛍️

Did you know? Among the choices of containers for milk 🥛, the best option is glass, recorded or not. Then, among plastic packaging, the "least worst" option remains the #2 plastic jug, rather than milk pouches. 😯

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The top 7 baccalaureate errors ❌

Because putting only what is recyclable in the bin gives the recyclable material the chance to be recycled more easily and efficiently. ♻️ Bonus if you eliminate these types of packaging or products from your purchases! 😉

The top 7 baccalaureate errors

1. Bags of crisps;
2. Wooden crates of clementines;
3. Worn diapers (!);
4. Long objects (garden hose, garlands);
5. Freestanding pockets (nuts)
6. Plastic packaging that does not stretch (e.g. frozen food packaging – fries, fruits vegetables, pasta wraps, candies)
7. Coffee pods (Psst! Only Nespresso pods are recyclable since they have been thought out in collaboration with sorting centers, not the others!)

Grégory pratte, tricentris – Les radieuses magazine

Like the post if this info was useful to you. 👍

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🙅 Tenacious false belief: The contents of recycling bins end up in the dump.

You've certainly heard people downplaying the importance of putting things in the recycling bin, because "it all ends up in the trash anyway". It is completely false.

In fact, a part (about 21% in 2018) is found there, yes, but mainly because these are materials that shouldn't have been put in the bin in the first place : contaminated materials, hard-to-separate multi-material products, unidentified plastics, tires, toys, etc 🤷

The solution to reduce this share? Education, always education! 👩‍🏫 All the details in this publication from Agence Science-Presse.

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❓ Did you know?

The terry side of my make-up remover wipes is made of scraps. Pieces too small for the company that provides them to me,Coco Caribou, which makes great hair towels, by the way. In Quebec, most textile companies send their scraps to the trash 🚮, because textile recycling is almost non-existent. 😢

Coco Caribou uses the largest scraps to make large make-up remover wipes and squares, as well as hair bands. She also sends several scraps to ChipieCharlie for her bath mitts. And she also provides me with a good amount of small pieces for my wipes! 🤝

Share this info in your entourage to all those who need to remove their makeup and who have the environment at heart! 🤝 Choosing Taille & Retailles wipes means promoting the circular economy. 🔄

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A SORTING CENTER: What does it eat in winter…?!

Today, I'm sharing a somewhat long (35 minutes), but very informative video, about blue bins and sorting centers. The conversation between Grégory Pratte of Tricentris and Vanessa Schneider of My green choices teaches us a lot, and in a fun way, too!

Among other things, I learned that we shouldn't say a recycling bin, but a recovery bin. Because recycling happens AFTER the sorting centre. Did you know that?

Listen to the video and tell me what you learned again!

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My latest recycled creations ♻️

I take advantage of the low season ⛄ to do lots of things, including small personal projects.

My latest creations, made of fabrics recovered for the second time : quilt grocery bags (“patchwork”) 🛍️.

I had made handkerchiefs 🤧 of woven fabric a while ago, from old clothes and sheets, but in the end, we prefer those in jersey (t-shirt fabric) which are much softer and more flexible. 🤷 So I was looking for another use for these fabric squares, which I had put aside. So I decided to rework them into grocery bags! 🛍️

I've made two so far, but I have pieces left to make a 3rd one later. I'm very happy with the result, and above all, to have found a use for this fabric, because I always try to avoid throwing away good material. 💚

If you're wondering if I intend to make it to sell: probably not. 🙅 It takes 3-4 hours per bag to do it, so the price would be prohibitive for sale. Unless you tell me you would pay 80-100$ for a bag of groceries… 🙃

However, I could make a DIY pattern for 10-12$. Are you interested? Contact me! If I have at least 3 people interested, I'll take the time to clean it up with instructions!