Bridging social and economic integration for people in need while greening Ottawa.

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sustainable Development Goals - 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

Quick facts

  • Founded: 2002
  • Organizational Structure: charity
  • Home base: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sector: Consumer Goods, Materials and Industry, Social Services

What's your social mission?

Since 2002, EcoEquitable has provided employment and skills to newcomer and marginalized women, while diverting harmful waste from Canada’s landfills. They advocate for sustainability – whether that’s for the environment, for long-term fiscal independence, or for a society living within its means.

EcoEquitable has developed several social enterprises to support their charitable work. These include:

  1. Sewing For Jobs: supporting newcomer and marginalized women with pre-employment training, empowering them to develop the confidence, networks and skills to get employment.
  2. Recycling Textiles: recycling 10,000 pounds of textiles a year.
  3. Production Studio: creating conference bags and sewing for small local designers, as well as their own flagship line, Flagbearer.


  • Ottawa’s only textile recycler
  • Their line, Flagbearer, upcycles flags to create bags and accessories. These gifts are shipped all over the world.
  • EcoEquitable measures its programs’ success in hope, using the Trait-Hope Scale.


The people who come through are Sewing For Jobs are people who want to change their lives - whether it's a career change or if it's recovering from trauma, they find EcoEquitable is a safe, trusting place.

Anouk Bertner

Executive Director EcoEquitable


Number of volunteer hours worked in 2017


Pounds of fabric recycled in 2017


Percentage of Sewing for Jobs participants who reported increased hope through the program


  • 2002

    Started operating as a co-op

  • 2008

    Incorporated as a charity

  • 2015

    Held first Metamorphosis Eco Fashion Show

  • October 2017

    First Textile Summit

  • October 2017

    Secured contract with Ottawa Public Library to supply bags for Library Month

  • June 2018

    Supplied official G7 Summit bags

  • January 2018

    First official product photoshoot

  • June 2018

    Won the United Way From Poverty to Possibility Community Builder of the Year Award

The Ecosystem

Ecoequitable is an active participant in our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Here are a few of the services they’ve used:

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