Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction: and the winners are….

MedWaves and ACR+ are thrilled to reveal the winners of the call for action of the first edition of the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction, funded by the EU through the SwitchMed Programme. 25 action developers expressed their interest and submitted their proposals for action in the Mediterranean. Let’s have a look at the 5 actions selected and to be implemented in 2023!

The 5 selected actions :

Tunisia | Young creators: ready, set, sew !

In Tunisia, the association “Horizons arts and culture” will appeal to the creativity of young people to rethink our way of consuming textiles. Members of the association will visit schools to set up a sewing workshop for young people, who will have to recreate a piece of clothing (with a prize for the two best creations). An occasion to speak about textile waste and the impact of the textile industry on our planet. This action will be accompanied by many other activities: a Facebook campaign on the trend of bartering clothes among young people, the creation of a video to raise awareness on the impact of the textile industry, and the installment of boxes in the region for the donation of used clothing, and distribution of them among people at risk of social exclusion.

Israel | From old t-shirts to reusable bags

Get rid of plastic bags by creating your own bags with old t-shirts. This is the proposal of Eco Peace Middle East, in Israel, which will work with youth in schools and in centers with special needs. The action does not stop there, the idea is also to distribute the cloth bags in the shops and to carry out an awareness campaign with the young people and members of the Municipality. In addition, videos and posts on social media will be produced and shared to promote the action.

Tunisia | fashion show at the recycling center

The second proposal selected in Tunisia comes from Association pour la conservation de la biodiversité dans le golfe de Gabès (Ascob syrtis) and will set up 3 main activities: young students will have the opportunity to get to know more about recycling through a visit to a textile recycling center and will then receive a clothing transformation workshop with an expert. A fashion show will close the activity and the best repaired textile set will be awarded!

Algeria | Supporting women in sustainable textile entrepreneurship

Supporting young women to create their business in the revaluation of unused clothing: this is the main goal lying at the heart of the proposal of Association des femmes en économie verte in Algeria. To do so, the local NGO will organize a training of young women in textile recycling and transformation, accompany women in the realization of their businesses, create a connection platform between actors in textile recycling and launch a network campaign to reunite key players on the project.

Jordan | Voice up! Let’s speak about the impact of textile waste on the environment

In Jordan, the association The Jordanian Society for Desertification Control & Badia Development will echo the impact of textile waste on the environment through a strong public awareness campaign. The action will be accompanied by a training for young women on repairing clothes and supporting them in generating income.

Winners will receive a voucher worth up to €2,900 to cover the costs of their proposed action, and will be offered the opportunity to attend the EWWR Awards Ceremony and the Dublin Circular Economy Hotspot 2023, in Dublin.

Discover more about the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction.