As many of you are aware, GIRO has been busy working on an initiative to turn our current textile waste stream into something usable, essentially upcycling material into a new product line that has longevity and supports a sustainable, circular economy on Gabriola Island and in the Regional District of Nanaimo.
We are thrilled to announce that the funding from the RDN has now been approved ! This funding will allow us to begin the initial stage we are calling Phase 1. In Phase 1, we will be exploring what kind of product line could be created out of the current discard stream and what type of equipment would then be required to make that product line. The results from the Clothing Questionnaire that was completed in November last year by community members showed an overwhelming desire that they would like to be involved in helping to shape this initiative. The RDN announcement of potential funding has also led to us being inundated with requests through social media and the GIRO website for opportunities to participate and share ideas.
After much discussion we determined that the best way to facilitate community involvement would be to offer two options for participation: “Creator” of a product or an “Volunteer” of some of the events in Phase 1.
To get involved, please complete our Participation Survey which will help us better match your skills, experience and interests with the needs of the project.
We will be giving regular updates through the Sounder News, the GIRO website as well as social media to share our progress with this initiative.
Many, many thanks to everyone for reaching out to offer their time and energy to help move this project forward. We are excited to make this initiative a viable, sustainable, social enterprise on Gabriola.