"Wear(e)able - best dressed sustainably" Erasmus+
Raising young people's awareness of plastics in clothing throughout the entire product life cycle
To develop alternatives for an environmentally conscious and yet affordable way of dealing with fashion
To train peer guides and youth workers in order to achieve the widest possible dissemination of the project results beyond the duration of the project
Plastic avoidance is an essential part of climate and environmental protection, as the "european strategy for plastics" shows. The goals are the substantial reduction of plastics and microplastics in all areas. While the reduction of plastic packaging is directly visible in one's own waste volume
and there are alternatives, the role of clothing in the plastics problem is largely unknown. Especially cheap textiles are mostly made of synthetic materials, i.e. plastics.
Due to a short service life and abrasion during washing, large quantities of plastic and microplastic are produced. Clothing
alone accounts for 35% of the microplastics generated by washing synthetic materials (IUCN, 2017). A city with 100,000 inhabitants emits microfibres equivalent to 15,000 plastic bags every day by washing them into the water (Hartline et al. 2016).
In addition, fashion chains often destroy cheap synthetic garments, often by burning them, as it is more cost-effective for them.
Due to rapidly changing trends and changing clothing sizes (growth), the target group of young people in particular buys a large number of synthetic garments at low prices.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.