Introducing DRHP SUSTAINABLE FASHION TRAINING PROGRAMME – A Sustainable Fashion Waste Innovation Lab, a Zero Fashion Waste Attempt. We know that economic independence is essential to survivors of violence to rebuild their lives, support their families, and remain free from abuse. DRHP SUSTAINABLE FASHION TRAINING PROGRAMME is a tuition-free programme that supports women, who have been affected by gender-based violence in pursuing training and a career in Sustainable Fashion Waste Innovation Lab, a Zero Fashion Waste Attempt.

Project Description

The model is designed to be duplicated, building multi-level capacity across communities, and contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions, while influencing the change in fashion consumption habits. Our primary-targeted participants are women.

Programme duration:

Duration of entire programme: 12 weeks

Programme level: Three levels – Basic, Intermediary, Advance.

Duration per level: 4 weeks

Duration per week: 2 days (Thursdays and Fridays)

Duration per day: 5 hours

Start date: May 2nd , 2024

Number of Participants per level:


Programme delivery: Activities of the Hub

1. Collection centre for community garment and textile waste and other waste material that can be utilized in sustainable fashion product development 

2. Training in new textile and garment waste treatments to be used for up-cycling

 3. Training in repair, reuse and repurposing of local community textile and garment waste

4. Training on the use of appropriate tools, machinery, and technology to enable scaling production.

 5. Accessing employment opportunities for graduates of the training programme

6. Retail Hub

 7. Innovation and experimentation

8. Customization for customers

 9. DIY community programmes

 10. Deliver Community Reuse Awareness Programmes


We have developed the beginner’s module. The module is interactive and involves skill sharing amongst participants. The module will be tailored to meet the needs of specific communities and delivered to address special needs which allows for inclusion of participants with different learning abilities.

Textile and Garment Waste Up-cycling Solutions – Participants will learn hand painting, stencilling, embroidery-styled stitching, patch work, applique techniques, repair techniques, natural dying etc.

Design Management – Up-cycling requires specific methods of repair techniques and up-cycling methods and craftsmanship therefore the creative process is important to ensure that the production process is manageable, and in some instances potentially scalable. Through the participant’s development of a mini collection allows for a better understanding of design management.

Curating and Styling – Training in styling and approaches to creating contemporary ensembles within the up-cycling category.

Client Services – Developing good client relationships; ones that are mutually beneficial and are important for the purposes of customization and good business practices in general.

Basic Business Skills Training – Book-keeping, costing and pricing, developing a mini collection, social media set up and guidance, labelling and logo design.

Building Brand – Build your fashion brand by examining your values, your mission, what you stand for, your brand story, and more.

Creating Mini-Collection – Learn how to develop your own concept and intended audience for a fashion mini-collection (a select amount of pieces that represent your brand) utilizing the skills acquired.

Completion Event:

On the last day of the programme, we will celebrate with the participants by showcasing their work to the community. The centre will also award the participants a Certificate of Completion. By providing support throughout the process of training and certification, DRHP SUSTAINABLE FASHION TRAINING PROGRAMME assists survivors to graduate with the skills and industry knowledge.

Please Contact: Mia Temori  offmgr@drhp.ca   re: DRHP SUSTAINABLE FASHION TRAINING PROGRAMME

416 264-0823 ext. 242

This project is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.