From 19 to 27 November, the European Week for Waste Reduction. The aim of this week is to organise awareness-raising actions on waste prevention throughout Europe.

This year is dedicated to textiles and from the project "Move for 0 plastic in Menorca" we want to join.

The project "Move for 0 plastic in Menorca

" is aimed at the citizens of Menorca and the purpose is to introduce good practices for the reduction of plastic waste through the proposal of challenges found in a mobile application. However, during this week – from November 19 to 27 – the project wants to launch into social networks and, for this reason, participants can upload the challenges we propose to celebrate the European Week for Waste Reduction through the Instagram social network. Challenges must be uploaded using the hashtag #m0pmenorca.

The challenges we propose related to textiles are:


- Buy or make a garment with natural fabrics.

Clothing can be made of synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester or elastane, made with petroleum. Viscose or lyocell are also artificial fibers obtained from natural resources such as soy or bamboo through chemical processes. Synthetic fibers can sometimes prevent the recycling of plastics such as PET.
Washing clothes made with synthetic materials releases microparticles of plastics into the wastewater. These microparticles do not degrade in the treatment plants and end up in the sea. Microplastic pollution is the main source of pollution of the world's seas and oceans.

- Dry clothes outdoors.
As with the washing machine, the synthetic fabrics in the dryer also release microplastics. Drying clothes outdoors largely avoids this problem.

- Show your breakfast or snack "plastic free" (taper, clothes wrap, etc.).
Clothing wraps are an alternative to carry the snack and not use plastic.

- Change a cleaning element for a plastic-free option.
You can buy or make yourself scourers, rags, etc. made with fabric and stop using cleaning products made with plastics.

- Wrap a gift without using wrapping paper (newspapers, fabrics, boxes, clothes bags, etc.).
It is an action of recycling clothes and that translates into giving a new life to clothes, using them to wrap gifts. In December we will hold a workshop with Caramuixes to learn how to do it.

- Change a personal hygiene and cosmetic product for a plastic-free option.
Textiles have returned to women's lives and are reducing the use of hygiene and cosmetic products containing plastic by ready-made options such as cloth pads, menstrual panties, make-up remover wipes, etc.

- Make the purchase with reusable bag, basket, shopping cart.
As in the previous case, we can recycle clothes and turn them into shopping bags.

- Make a decoration for a celebration with recycled elements.
The garments that we no longer want can become with some imagination in decorations for celebrations.

- Buy the bread with a bag of clothes.
No need to buy bags to go shopping for bread, it is very easy to get one with an old shirt. Look on the internet how to do it!

- Watch a documentary about plastics.
In this case we recommend watching two documentaries about textile waste:

Join the European Week for Waste Reduction!