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Secondhand & Savvy in London, Ontario

Its #WasteReductionWeek and textiles (aka clothing and other fabrics) are a MAJOR part of the problem. Did you know the average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, and 95 per cent of those clothes could be reused or recycled? Globally, textiles waste has increased dramatically due to the rise in clothing consumption and production.

You might be under the impression that shopping brand new all the time is your only way to be trendy, fashion forward, and always looking great. Well, sorry to say but LEN is here to prove you wrong! We have amassed a list of all the places in London to shop savvy second hand goods!

1. Filthy Rebina Vintage

At Filthy you will find Men’s and Women’s clothing, accessories and footwear, along with many sweet housewares and trinkets. They specialize in carefully curated vintage finds that are always changing and evolving. This rad vintage spot is always spinning great music, having fun events, and has anything for anyone looking for any kind of vintage piece. (PSSTTTTT – they are having a MAJOR sale this Friday October 20th, with 50% off all their vintage product in store)

                

2. The Sentimentalist Vintage Clothing

This store touts themselves as “a little time travelling oasis” – touting all your retro vintage staples, there is always something new here. Their location in Old East London makes for a great trip to experience all that the neighbourhood has to offer.

3. Blue Pepper Vintage

Blue Pepper offers a well stocked curated collection of quality vintage from the 1920’s to around 1985 with a Diverse Collection of His & Her Vintage Fashions, Timeless Classics and some really Fun and Funky Finds. Located around the corner from Dundas and Richmond, this is a great stop to make if in the Downtown core.

         

4. Style 360 Selective Consignment

Style 360 is the working woman’s choice for price conscious high end consignment that keeps you looking great all year long. This shop prizes itself in only stocking garments of the highest quality so women can look fantastic while making “the economically and ecologically responsible choice”. If you’re looking to shop current fashion – this place is for you.

         

5. Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet boasts itself as being the destination for every day basics and trendy designer styles – and we cannot argue with that. Their model has them buying only in season merchandise from people like YOU and selling them at up to 70% of the retail price. They pride themselves in carrying girls sizes 00 – 22 and guys size 26 – 42 waist. Although this store’s key demographic is the younger crowd – the LEN team has all found professional workwear, shoes, and workout attire at a great price and great quality. All it takes is one look at their instagram feed to show you how much of a broad offering Plato’s has for everyone – so take a look for yourself.

6. Boutique Top Floor

When I first began my journey into shopping secondhand, Boutique Top Floor was where it all started. You will find a variety of designer clothing and accessories both new and gently used for all occasions.Whether you are looking for your favourite designer jeans to a dress for that special event, Boutique Top Floor is sure to meet all your needs on budget. New items arrive daily!

7. NU4U Closet

This newer consignment boutique on Richmond Row has something for all savvy shoppers, boasting stock in children’s, women’s, and mens clothing – there is something for everyone. Their prices are fair and selection is great.

         

8. Mine 101

Mine 101 is a fusion of sustainable price conscious fashion and doing good for the local community by directly supporting Women’s Community House. Their mantra of “look good, do good” is everything we like about sustainable fashion in the forest city.

                 

9. Talize

No thrifting list would be complete without Talize, and BEFORE you say its too overwhelming for you – hear me out. On my last visit their entire store was colour coded and perfectly organized, and I was extremely impressed. Beyond the ease of finding the colours and styles you want (yes I did go straight to black thank you very much) – their selection of name brands was truly outstanding and at amazing prices. The best thing about Talize are their Managers Specials in which each day a different section of the store is 50% off. PLUS students get a 10% discount too with valid student I.D. If you need MORE of a reason to shop here, Talize is a proud Platinum Partner of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Through this partnership, Talize has contributed over $1.5 Million to this date since its inception in 2005.

10. Goodwill Industries

Its no secret than LEN has a love for GoodWill Industries of Ontario Great Lakes Region and all the work they do to create greener workspaces – but their system for easily donating almost anything puts them on the list for savvy secondhand in London. When you shop at Goodwill, you’re not the only one who gets a great deal.  Last year, sales from Goodwill stores funded employment and job training for people in your Community. Your purchases supported valuable employment, education and training services in your community to help people find a job and get control of their finances. The money you spend stays directly in your community and gives people an opportunity to make a fresh start.

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11. Value Village

With a recent re-branding to focus on the sustainability of shopping second hand, this savvy staple made our list for good reason. In 2016, Value Village repurposed hundreds of millions of items. They keep 700,000,000 pounds of reusable items out of landfill each and every year. Value Village is the place to get great deals on great items. On a recent trip I found two vintage Tommy Hilfiger tee’s, a sweet Zara denim shirt, and some Levi’s jeans. If you’re into hunting for deals, this place is one you should try out – or try again.

12. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

A non-clothing but honourable mention for secondhand shopping in London, Ontario is Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The money raised from the sale of items at the ReStores pays for the overhead costs of operating Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario. By covering our their own costs, they are able to keep our promise that every dollar donated to Habitat for Humanity will go directly towards building homes for families in need. Habitat for Humanity believes that we all deserve to have a strong foundation for a prosperous and opportunity filled life. Habitat ReStore stocks new and used building supplies, furniture, appliances, and so much more.


Know any other second-hand stores we missed? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook by joining the conversation on why secondhand is the better way to shop @LondonEnviroNet


Article written & curated by LEN’s Communications Coordinator Kaitlyn Tyschenko

Resilient Cities Conference

Resilient Cities Conference: Preparing London for a rapidly changing future

In the context of urban environments, resilience can be defined as the capacity of individuals, neighbourhoods, businesses, institutions, and cities as a whole to bounce back and even become stronger after acute events such as hurricanes or chronic stresses such as smog.

The Resilience Cities Conference will explore how London can build adaptive capacity to weather the “storms” of this new century by inviting cutting edge thinkers from our city and beyond. Participants will be challenged to consider the changes they can initiate in their personal and social spheres of influence. We hope that the conference will mark the beginning of a long journey for London as it transforms itself into one of the most resilient and sustainable cities in Canada.

Date: Saturday November 18th 2017, 9-4pm
Location: Central Library, 251 Dundas St. London Ontario.
Time: Conference is 9-4:00pm followed by a special Pints and Politics on Resilient Cities at the Fox and Fiddle from 4:00pm onwards.
Partners & Organizers: London Public Library, Advisory Commitee on the Environment, London Environmental Network, TREA

Registration will be on the Library’s website – and will soon be posted. Stay tuned!

See PDF of Workshops and times: Resilient Cities Plan – Sat Workshop + Speakers 

How the Goodwill Green Advisory Team is Creating Greener Workplaces

Goodwill Industries is spreading its goal to make the world a greener place with the Green Advisory Team. This is a committee within Goodwill Industries which advocates for sustainable practices in the business workplace, and consequently, in workers’ homes. I spoke to the co-chair of the Green Advisory Team, Andrea von Wahl, to learn more about their practices.

 

The main goal of the team is to implement environmentally friendly actions in the workplace. This includes using energy efficient lightbulbs, maintaining low heat in the winter, composting, and recycling. Andrea explains that “in the process of teaching people how to have a greener business, they learn how to be more responsible, and it influences their home behaviour.”

 

The team only consists of a few members spread across London, Tillsonburg, Woodstock, Guelph, Kitchener, and other parts of the GTA. As co-chair, Andrea’s role is to coordinate a feasible plan for businesses to implement in their daily schedules. She explains that by having an empathetic insight into people’s lives, people become more empowered to change their habits – “You need to seek input and make sure people feel engaged in the process.”

 

One of the Green Advisory Team’s greatest successes is composting. It is normally hard to get employers to install composting programs at their practices, but London has several options to get this done. Where Goodwill owns small properties, they have aerobic digesters in which workers can place their compostable waste. At the Horton location, compost is being picked up by a company that transports the compost to Orgaworld, and with the amount of kitchen scraps that accumulate, this makes a big difference. The team also aims to inform businesses across London that this composting program exists, so they also consider using it in their own practices.

 

The Green Advisory Team also wants to influence the general community by collaborating on projects such as Clean and Green, and the community garden at the Tillsonburg Goodwill store. Andrea is very proud of the community garden which her other co-chair, Leila Nattagh, helped plan. Andrea hopes that people will be motivated to grow their own food – “You may be less likely to waste food if you know what it takes growing it, and you have more respect about what goes on the table.”

 

If you’re interested in helping the Green Advisory Team at Goodwill, there may be a place for you. Andrea explains that it is hard to find capacity to get some work done – they especially need volunteers to strengthen the green ambassador program. The green ambassador program will eventually be implemented in every Goodwill location, and the people in charge will fill in staff on a weekly basis about a simple green tip. For instance, this can be reminding workers about using refillable water bottles or reusing products instead of throwing them out.

 

Andrea recently joined the LEN Steering Committee. She wants to listen to other peoples’ ideas and learn about the best practices. Andrea also wants to bring her passion for the environment and experience as co-chair to the other members of the steering committee.

 

Making green decisions in the workplace will ultimately lead to a happier community and happier planet. Starting off small, like reducing, reusing, and recycling, can lead to more impactful habits like composting food waste. Take care to make these decisions in your own workplace!


Want to know more about the Green Advisory team or get in contact with them?

Green Advisory Team at Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes
255 Horton Street,
London, ON N6B 1L1
(519) 850-9000
goodwillindustries.ca


Article by: Ksenia Kolodka – Communications Volunteer 

London Environmental Network Volunteer

Partners in Climate Action Grant Program

Ontario is launching Partners in Climate Action, a grant program designed to identify and support the development, testing and evaluation of innovative ideas to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon choices by Ontarians. The program will provide funding to projects that:

  • help Ontarians understand how their actions contribute to climate change;
  • identify and remove barriers to behaviour change;
  • motivate Ontarians to make low-carbon choices; and
  • evaluate behaviour-based approaches to achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The program is looking to fund projects that implement and evaluate behaviour-based, action-oriented approaches to achieving greenhouse gas reductions in Ontario. The program will not fund awareness raising campaigns, pure research projects, or investments in capital assets or infrastructure.

Applicants may request up to $200,000 per project from Partners in Climate Action. Projects with additional funding secured from other partners are encouraged.

Approved projects could plan to start as early as fall 2017 and must be complete by March 2019.

Applicants may submit an optional expression of interest (EOI) by Wednesday, June 28 2017, for early feedback on their project idea. Information on EOI requirements are found on page 17 of the attached application guide.

Partners in Climate Action grant program is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan to fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy. The action plan and cap and trade program form the backbone of Ontario’s strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

Deadline: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

To be considered eligible to apply, organizations must be legal entities operating in Ontario. Applications will not be accepted from individuals or from provincial or federal governments or their agencies. Partnerships between organizations are encouraged.

Project proposals must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding.

o Eligible lead organization

o Appropriate project timeline (project and project evaluation must be complete by March 2019)

o Uses recognized or emerging tool(s) to motivate behaviour change that addresses a barrier to climate action

o Proposes appropriate metrics, such as:

  • Projected increased uptake in low-carbon choices amongst project participants (expressed as a per cent or a raw measure)
  • Projected direct and/or indirect GHG emissions reductions supported by project (in kg CO2)
  • Number of Ontarians engaged in a behaviour-based low-carbon project (the project’s participation rate)

Visit their website here for more details and how to apply.

Friends of the Coves Youth Leadership Volunteer Program

Searching for youth interested in the environment!

Are you, or do you know someone who is all of the following:
– in highschool?
– requires volunteer hours, or has a passion for volunteering
– has an interest in building leadership skills
– has an interest in environment, sustainability, and stewardship

If you are, or know someone who has said “yes” to all of the above, we have the perfect opportunity!

Friends of the Coves Subwatershed Inc is organizing a youth leadership program!
What? Participants will become familiar with concepts relating to environmental stewardship, and leadership with hands on components!
Where? at the Friends of the Coves office 111 Elmwood Ave.
When? every Friday from 9:30-11:30am starting June 30th and ending August 4th(6 weeks total)
And! There will be a certificate ceremony on August 12th to recognize the youths’ achievements in the program.

If you want to sign up or learn more please contact Bonnie by emailfriendsofthecoves@gmail.com, or by phone 519-640-5397.

Please forward this message to anyone you think may be interested in, or benefit from this experience.

Thank you!

Bonnie Stocking
Communication and Outreach Intern
Friends of the Coves Subwatershed Inc
friendsofthecoves@gmail.com
519-640-5397

Seeking Steering Committee Members

 

What does the Steering Committee do?

The Steering Committee establishes and oversees policy and direction of the London Environmental Network, and it assists with the leadership, organizational development and sustainability of the Network.

Who makes up the LEN Steering Committee?

The London Environmental Network is made up of a combination of representatives of LEN organizations and the community at large. We aim to have a highly-skilled and knowledgeable leadership team that will both represent the membership of LEN and the diversity of our community to provide a strong foundation for the stability and growth of the network which exists to serve the environmental nonprofit sector in London.

What’s in it for you?

  • the opportunity to have an impact on building a healthy and sustainable city
  • the opportunity to use your strengths and skills to help cultivate a strong, cohesive and empowered non-profit environmental sector
  • the opportunity to gain project management, leadership, collaboration and program development skills
  • the opportunity to mentor and be mentored by community minded professionals and environmental leaders
  • the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the environmental issues that impact all of us locally, provincially, nationally and globally
  • the opportunity to develop relationships with a wide variety of dynamic concerned citizens
  • the opportunity to experience a sense of accomplishment, contribution and connection to the community
  • oh, and we like to have fun while we do all of these amazing things

Are you experienced and do you have the time?

We are seeking strong leaders with a broad range of strengths, skills and experience who are committed to the role of a strong, cohesive and environmental non-profit community in building a healthy and sustainable community.

The long-term goal is for LEN to become incorporated, and that the Steering Committee would transition into a Board of Directors. It’s an exciting time to get involved!

Specifically, we are seeking individuals who have experience and skills in:

  • Communications & Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Governance
  • Program growth and development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Employee/volunteer engagement
  • Networking and Collaboration

We believe diversity is valuable and strive to involve representatives that reflects our community.

LEN’s Role

Mission and Goals

Our Mission (What we do)

The London Environmental Network (LEN) connects over 35 local non-profits and community groups working with an environmental focus.

We work to build strong, resilient organizations so they can be more effective at creating positive environmental change over the long term. The London Environmental Network also acts as a doorway into the environmental non-profit sector so Londoners can more easily learn about environmental efforts in our city and how to get involved.

Our Vision (Why we do it)

We believe that by cultivating a strong, cohesive and empowered environmental non-profit community, we will engage more Londoners in growing a healthy, sustainable city.

Our Goals (How we do it)

  • Facilitate collaboration between environmental organizations
  • Provide training and shared resources to make groups stronger and more effective
  • Empower member organizations to communicate their stories better and become more effective at making change
  • Be a central source for Londoners to learn about environmental groups, events and activities
  • Recruit volunteers and supporters for member organizations

Major responsibilities:

  • Provide high level oversight to the implementation of the LEN strategic plan including monitoring of goals and approving adjustments when necessary
  • Ensure that Network is accountable to funding sources in terms of deliverables
    and reporting
  • Act as an ambassador of LEN communicating its purpose and successes to the community and identifying opportunities for partnerships and collaboration
  • Drive resources (funding, people, opportunities) toward the Network
  • Create and participate in ad hoc and sub-committees to address specific or ongoing Network
  • Engage in succession planning for the London Environmental N

Meetings:

  • Steering Committee meetings occur monthly (convenient dates determined as a group)
  • Ad hoc and sub-committees meet as needed for their work

Composition of Steering Committee:

  • Thames Talbot Land Trust Executive Director
  • ReForest London Executive Director
  • Director, Environmental Programs & Solid Waste, City of London
  • 4 representatives from LEN Member groups
  • 4 additional community members with appropriate experience and fit

Expectations:

Steering Committee members are expected to be active participants in the London Environmental Network’s governance, activities, and support, committing to a minimum of 4 hours a month. This can be demonstrated through the following:

  • Participating in at least 75% of the Steering Committee meetings each
  • Serving on at least one ad hoc or sub-committee of the Steering Committee.
  • Participating as a London Environmental Network representative in at least one public event per
  • Working collaboratively and respectfully with other Steering Committee
  • Communicating and promoting the London Environmental Network’s mission and Member organizations in the London community and public
  • Communicating and promoting to LEN Member organizations the value of membership both for individual groups and for the whole sector
  • Being alert to opportunities, funding and people that can benefit the London Environmental Network over the long term
  • Becoming familiar with the London Environmental Network’s finances, budget, and financial/resource needs.

Length of term: Steering Committee (SC) members serve 2-year terms, and may serve up to two consecutive 2-year terms. After a one-year break in service, former SC members become eligible to serve up to two additional 2-year terms.

Apply Online Now!

Application cut-off is June 5th 2017. New members will be presented to the public on June 14th 2017.