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On June 5, World Environment Day is celebrated, promoted by the United Nations to reflect and act responsibly in the conservation and improvement of our environment. This date was chosen because on this day the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm in 1972, began, from which the UN Program for the Environment (UNEP) was created.
From the organization itself appeals to the conscience and activism of citizens: this year, for example, one of the slogans used is "If you can't reuse it, refuse it". The spirit of this motto fits perfectly with the aims of the Foundation: to promote reuse as a mechanism for protecting the environment. In this framework, awareness is paramount, to achieve a citizenship committed to defending our environment.
'Tejidos Educativos', learn and raise awareness
In this context we find our Awareness Program with which we promote the importance of giving a second life to clothing to protect the environment and promote sustainable development. The program, called Tejidos Educativos, is a complement to the work of collecting used textiles.
One of the most outstanding activities of Tejidos Educativos is the different workshops that are organized, thanks to which the participants play and learn more about concepts such as reuse and sustainable development.
These are some of the activities we have foreseen on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Environmental benefit of reuse
The reuse of textiles contributes to saving resources, protecting the environment and fighting against climate change. It helps reduce waste in controlled deposits and in incineration plants, as well as the emission of greenhouse gases. Each kilo of clothing that is reused and not incinerated avoids the emission of 3,169 kg of CO2, according to data from the European Commission.
Fashion is one of the industries with the greatest negative impact on the environment (produce a shirt consumes 2,500 liters of water and produces jeans, 10,000 liters). Thanks to the reuse, we try to curb this waste of natural resources and lengthen the life cycle of the product, promoting the circular economy.
Despite its high percentage of recovery, only one out of every 10 items that we no longer want has a second life; the rest is not given an appropriate treatment which makes its reuse impossible. Hence the importance of raising awareness among the public of the need to carry out a sustainable management of textile waste and promote a more conscious consumption model: "If you can't reuse it, refuse it".