Thursday, August 25, 2016

The #IGIVEASHIRT Installation and Partnership: ECO Fashion Week, Aquarium and Savers Value Village

So early in the morning, last Wednesday I was dazzled by the t-shirt bundles installed at the front of the Vancouver Aquarium. They were piled up the steps, a winding colorful trail of T-Shirts, leading us past garbage containers labelled with messages about the damage fast fashion, lack of recycling and too much tossing away can do to our oceans and to our world. So many organizations working together to build awareness of clothing pollution and so many partnerships generating strategies for change. I loved the thrifted t-shirts (Value Village) stamped with #IGiveAShirt. We can thrift, repurpose, donate and educate. And there are stories: The wedding dress and suit were found on the beach. Yes, there is a lot of clothing, left behind or washed up. The stories can get better if we work together. A huge message for a day. A huge impact for our world.

Always a treat to see the EcoFashionWeek team at every event, and to see President Myriam Laroche and Jonathan Hultquist, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, talking to everyone about the #IGiveAShirt initiative. Fantastic to meet two of the Store Managers from Value Village, Victoria Street Store and Hastings Street Store. At these locations, especially, I find good service and deals to be had,  on Sr. Day and 50% off Days, too. I would like to see the #IGiveAShirt idea available for sale year round. An extremely important cause for all of us to support. Thanks, thanks. thanks to all partners, volunteers and t-shirt wearers. Ever onward!

President of Eco Fashion Week Myriam Laroche (left) 
and Vancouver Aquarium Public Programs Manager Jonathan Hultquist

Wonderful Value Village Store Managers of
Victoria Drive and Hastings Street

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