Women’s EHF Euro 2022 is getting closer, so we are getting closer to the first big sustainable sports event in Slovenia with increasing sustainable steps. At Smetumet, women with a migrant background fashioned bracelets from old handball jerseys and balls. Each one is handmade from scrap material, where the collected t-shirts are carefully cleaned, sorted, cut into strips and shaped into bracelets. Used handballs were cleaned and cut into small circles. They used a traditional rope making technique.
More about the issue of textiles
Research from the Clothes Makes a Man project showed that every Slovenian throws away 12.3 kilograms of textiles per year. Separate collection of textile waste will be mandatory across Europe by 2025, but separate collection is only the first step on the road to sustainability in clothing. An even more important step is to choose fewer clothes that are of better quality and will serve us for a longer time. It is precisely this, our purchasing decisions, that is essential in reducing our textile waste. But when we already have clothes, it is important to take care of them, repair them if necessary, exchange them or give them away.