The National Association for Charitable Textile Recycling


working together towards
a circular economy

Our Mission

The National Association for Charitable Textile Recycling exists to unite Canadian charities and promote the positive social and environmental impacts of charitable textile reuse, recycling and thrift retail. As a collaborative and progressive network, we are working together towards a circular economy.

The Difference We Make Every Year

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Metric Tons of Clothing Diverted from Landfills

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Equivalent of cars removed from our the roads annual

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People Helped Directly through our Members

The National Association for Charitable Textile Recycling (NACTR) is a non-profit organization established in 2018, we are dedicated to promoting and facilitating charitable textile recycling in Canada. Our founding members include several charity and non-profit organizations from across the country, including Diabetes Canada, The Salvation Army Thrift Store, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Goodwill, and the Development Disabilities Association. Together, we recognize the importance of promoting sustainable practices and aiding the circular economy, as well as the tremendous social benefits that come from increased textile donation awareness.

Our mission is to help divert textiles from landfills, promote the reuse of clothing and household textiles, and support social causes through charitable donations. We achieve this by working closely with our member organizations, governmental organizations, municipalities and other partners, as well as engaging with the public to raise awareness about the importance of textile recycling and thrift shopping.

Textile waste is a major problem in Canada and around the world, with vast amounts of textiles ending up in landfills each year. The environmental impact of textile waste is significant, with textile production being a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental issues. Recycling and repurposing textiles helps reduce the demand for new materials and limits the amount of waste generated.

But textile recycling isn’t just good for the environment – it’s also a great way to support local communities and social causes. By donating textiles to charities and non-profits, individuals can help provide much-needed support for people in need, while also promoting sustainable practices and reducing waste. Charitable textile recycling also helps support local businesses, by providing a steady stream of inventory for thrift stores and other resale outlets.

At NACTR, we believe that charitable textile recycling is an essential part of building a more sustainable and equitable future. By working together, we can create a more vibrant and resilient society, while also protecting our planet and its resources for generations to come. We invite you to join us in this important work by donating your textiles, shopping second-hand, and supporting our member organizations in their efforts to build a better world.

Our Foundation

Board of Directors

Tonny Colyn

NACTR President
The Salvation Army Thrift Store

Slav Gudelj

NACTR Vice-President
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Sylvia Krampelj

NACTR Secretary
Kidney Clothes

Blaine Hobson

NACTR Treasurer
Cornerstone to Recovery

Ted Troughton

NACTR Director
The Salvation Army Thrift Store

Michael Mostyn

NACTR Director
B'nai Brith Canada

Richard Pommainville

NACTR Director
Society of Saint-Vincent de Paul

Sean Kelly

NACTR Director
Mission Thrift

Scott Campbell

NACTR Director
MCC Canada

NACTR Director
Society of Saint-Vincent de Paul

Advisory Board

Jonathan Cocker

NACTR Advisor
BLG Canada's Law Firm

Karen Storry

NACTR Advisor
Metro Vancouver

Michael DiPasquale

NACTR Advisor
City of Markam

Bob Kenney

NACTR Advisor
Nova Scotia Environment

Trusted Charities

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