posAbilities is a non-profit agency that provides a broad range of services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. We currently serve more than 1,200 children and adults in Metro Vancouver and other parts of BC. Aside from working towards creating a social impact within the community, the people of posAbilities understand the important role organizations play in sustainability.
We have thus embarked on various green initiatives such as:
• Organics recycling
• Striving towards a paperless system where possible
• Using energy efficient equipment
In 2015, in an effort to diversify our funding, we have partnered with Inclusion BC in Clothes Drop, a clothing collection/recycling program. Since embarking on this initiative, we have become more aware of the large environmental impact made through recycling various materials and the compounding consequences from throwing out clothing and household items.
Did you know?
• North Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year, 95% of which could be recycled
• It can take over 700 gallons of water to make one new cotton t-shirt, this is more water than a person can drink in 5 years
• Clothing donation bins across Canada prevent more than 650 million pounds of goods from reaching landfills annually. That’s equivalent to 13,000 cedar trees!
The Clothes Drop initiative works with various partners to place donation bins in locations within our communities. As a social function, it turns donated clothing items into funds that are used to start innovative services and enhance existing programs and services we offer to assist people with developmental disabilities. Environmentally, we are proud to assist in diverting thousands of recyclables from entering the landfill and saving our natural resources by providing a convenient location for the community to donate and engage.
Seeing the result of this environmentally and socially impactful initiative has opened up a world of possibilities and has sparked a larger conversation within posAbilities around the ways we can continue working on expanding our sustainable practices.
In the end, it’s about the community and environment that we all take part in improving.
Drop Your Clothes & Improve Lives in Vancouver & Burnaby