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Shed Your Threads Campaign

Level the playing field for youth by sharing, swapping and trading athletic clothes, shoes, jackets, recreation, and sporting equipment.

Did you know that many kids cannot participate in recreation and sporting activities because they don’t have the gear?

Aiming to reduce leisure barriers through access to appropriate gear, VIU, School District 68, City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture, and Island Health have joined together for a Shed Your Threads Campaign. Starting the first week in February, collections bins will be placed at VIU, in the Nanaimo community and schools (find locations on the poster below) in hopes to collect as many athletic clothes, shoes, jackets, recreation, and sporting equipment as possible for our youth.

Our initiative is based on a circular economy approach that encourages recovery, reuse, recycling, product life extensions, and new business models (e.g., sharing platforms), for more efficient use of goods. Shed Your Threads proposes a change from a consumer model of "take, make and dispose", to a more collaborative and sustainable model, in which sharing, swapping, and repairing can give unused items a new purpose.

The items collected will be shared at a FREE/By Donation Swap Meet and Fun Fair, March 21st at VIU Windsor Plywood Trades Discovery Center (Building 108, across from Wakesiah Ave). 

Thinking of ways to get involved?

Empty your closet and fill the collection bins with athletic clothes, shoes, jackets, recreation and sporting equipment that will encourage recreation participation.

Encourage your friends and family to do the same and help us spread the word.

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