Wednesday is now the creative day of the week, the one where Mihaela comes and spends with us the morning doing something that makes us use our imagination, sometimes in a more artistic way and sometimes in a more practical one. This time we found a different way of using jeans: we had some old pairs that people donated to the association: in the past, we already used some to make pillows, for example, and this time we made some small baskets (that can have different uses). The initial plan was to use the sewer machine, but since one essential component was missing... That was the perfect occasion to learn a little bit about how to do it manually!
Some of us, of course, already knew, but for those who didn't was a funny and useful experience. Sewing is just one of the multiple manual things that in modern society have a little bit gone lost, and also is always good to reuse the things that we don't need anymore, to look at them with potential instead that just something to throw away. Especially considering that, globally, an estimated 92 million tonnes of textiles waste is created each year and the equivalent of a rubbish truck full of clothes ends up on landfill sites every second. By 2030, we are expected as a whole to be discarding more than 134 million tonnes of textiles a year.
Nobody is perfect, but avoiding waste and damage to the planet comes in different forms (buying less, buying second-hand, reusing, self-making) and there is for sure at least one of them that is compatible with our needs and type of life. If we care we can.