On 1 June, the European Parliament will vote on a resolution about the
To take stock of the European Sustainable Textile Strategy that addresses among others matters of due diligence in the textile sector, the promotion of slow fashion and the reduction of textile waste and to discuss the way forward, the European Laudato Si’ Alliance organizes a webinar on 6 June at 6pm. It is next Tuesday and you can register under this link: https://forms.gle/QFRVYXLrPwCMNDkY8.
The webinar will feature MEP Pernille Weiss from Denmark, Marie Jeanne Gaertner from the RREUSE alliance, Silvia Duck-Silva from the Christian Romero Initiative, Hannah Lam from Caritas Luxembourg and Alberto Egido from Caritas Spain who will present practical examples of their efforts to make the textile sector more sustainable. It has been prepared by Justice and Peace Europe.
Please note that 92 million tonnes of textile waste is generated worldwide each year, the vast majority of which ends up in landfills. 5.8 million tonnes of textile products are discarded each year in the EU, which amounts to approximately 11 kg per person, with garments typically having been worn only 7 or 8 times. Textile waste represents one of the largest components of municipal waste and is therefore subject to the recycling targets laid down in a European Directive 2008/98/EC, but no specific textile recycling targets have been set. Finally less than 1 % of all textiles worldwide are recycled into new products. (Cf. the EP resolution of 1 June).
Please note also what Pope Francis wrote in his message for the 2023 Season of Creation: “With the help of God’s grace, let us adopt lifestyles marked by less waste and unnecessary consumption, especially where the processes of production are toxic and unsustainable. Let us be as mindful as we can about our habits and economic decisions so that all can thrive – our fellow men and women wherever they may be, and future generations as well.”
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