clothing programs

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B’nai Brith has developed a unique approach to help those less fortunate while protecting the environment.

B’nai Brith is proud to be the only Jewish organization in Canada to own and operate its own clothing donation program for the benefit of the community.

Bin programs

If you live in Greater Toronto Area or Ottawa, B’nai Brith makes it simple to donate with Donation Bins in convenient locations across these cities.  

pop-up stores

As a community-first organization, B’nai Brith hosts seasonal pop-up stores, where those in need are welcome to shop with “B’nai Brith Bucks” to stock up on what they need, at no cost to them. 

clothing events

In Toronto, we offer another convenient option to drop off your used clothes. In the spring, summer and fall, we regularly hold clothing drives in central locations for the community. 

Clothing events will return in the Spring 2022.

Watch here for details.

Schedule a home pick-up

Please note that our Home Pick-up schedule is suspended due to COVID-19.

In Toronto, if you have 10 or more bags, just give us a call and our trained specialist will come to pick them up further to all health and safety protocols. This is a free service.

The Hand Me Downs Band Playing at a B'nai Brith Clothing Drive

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reduce, reuse, recycle!​

By donating your used clothes, you impact the environment in a meaningful way by reducing your carbon footprint, reusing textiles that would otherwise end up in landfills, and recycling articles of clothing back into the community.

Impact investments maximize environmental​, social, and governance factors (otherwise known as ESG)

What is ESG?

ESG factors take into account how a business impacts the environment and society in the course of its operations. It also includes how a company is governed. ESG is a way for organizations to be transparent about how they do business.

Sustainability is a three-dimensional concept that includes environmental, economic, and social considerations. ESG is increasingly being used by investors and stakeholders as criteria to assess a company’s value to the environment and the communities they serve at the global, national and consumer levels. ESG is the guiding principle which will lead us to a sustainable future and are changing how businesses operate.

What does your ESG score mean?

With global events such as the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia, the timetable for the measurement of sustainability or ESG factors, has accelerated exponentially.

  1. The resulting score is used by investors when deciding whether or not to invest in a certain company’s shares and is now being used by financial institutions to make lending decisions.
  2. In addition, as more companies begin incorporating ESG into their business plans (due to pressure from investors and financial institutions), some have seen improved performance as well as increased stock prices at the time of IPO (initial public offering). This has been attributed both to investor demand for sustainable investments and the fact that ESG can lower the cost of doing business for a company (eg: reducing waste and energy costs).

B’nai Brith Canada is dedicated to creating value for our partners through our ESG commitments, which fall under these main priorities.

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

Financial institutions and investors are looking for concrete data on an organization’s environmental footprint. With B’nai Brith’s textile recycling program, our partners receive quantifiable metrics on a monthly basis, allowing for measurable tracking of reductions in carbon impact.

Our textile recycling program ensures that our used clothing remains in local vintage clothing markets, safeguarding that it doesn’t go to landfill nor to third world markets negatively impacting those markets.

We are an active member of the National Association for Charitable Textile Recycling, an initiative pioneered by charity and non-profit organizations across Canada aimed at advancing the diversion of post-consumer textile waste.

SOCIAL FACTORS

Our innovative clothing programs serve our community’s needs by helping us to fund:

  • Clothing– Free clothing pop-up stores servicing the commnuity’s most vulnerable. We are the only Jewish organization in Canada to own and operate our own clothing donation program for the benefit of the community.
  • Food– Providing weekly food boxes covering all nutritional needs to our community’s most vulnerable.
  • Seniors Programs– Our seniors programs offer camaraderie, community engagement and healthy lifestyle opportunities to Holocaust survivors, veterans and isolated seniors.

Partnering with B’nai Brith Canada’s clothing bin program provides the opportunity to not only protect the environment and improve your ESG scores, but to support us in our mission as “People Helping People.”

involvement in nactr​

The National Association for Charitable Textile Recycling (NACTR) is a Canadian leadership initiative pioneered by several charity and non-profit organizations who recognize their combined strength as an asset to increase textile donation awareness, thereby increasing funding to individual social causes.

B’nai Brith Canada is proud to be a member of the Board of NACTR and play a prominent role on its government relations and marketing committees.

NACTR strives to unite all Canadian charitable textile collectors to significantly advance post-consumer textile waste diversion. Releasing the value in textiles benefits our communities and environment towards a future as a circular economy based society. Together with governments, businesses and non-government organizations NACTR strives to accelerate the diversion of post-consumer textile waste throughout Canada.

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