Come and learn how to save old textiles
On the first of October, the Zličín Metropolis will start the Sustainability Festival, which will take place throughout the month. In addition, every Saturday from 14:00 to 17:00 there will be interesting workshops and events that are always worth visiting and getting inspired to be more environmentally friendly. The company Potex will be the first to present itself.
The first Saturday of the month in Metropolis Zličín will be in the spirit of circular fashion and sustainability. The company Potex will be introduced, which collects, sorts and then distributes used but still wearable textiles to non-profit organizations that help individuals and families in need. Festival participants can recognize this ecological-charitable project mainly thanks to the orange containers in which they can put their unnecessary clothes and send them on to help someone else.
At the creative workshop of the Responsible Workshops of the M-Ocean organization, you will learn how to process old textiles into so-called rope braiding and thus make stylish bracelets, headbands or belts. As part of Responsible Parts, old things are transformed into new ones and waste is thus given a new meaningful life. Workshops do not create new waste, but practical things that can be used on a regular basis.
You will also get to know interesting information about the life cycle of textiles, find out about textile sustainability certificates, learn how to take better care of textiles or how to put together a wardrobe class. At the end of the series, you will also get to know the range of sustainable textiles in Metropole Zličín, directly from Metropole stylist Bára Havlíková.
But how do you get to know truly sustainable and quality-produced fashion and at the same time not run into greenwashing? “If the given manufacturer is able to deliver a new collection to the market every week or month, when individual pieces cost a few crowns, we can answer that it is about the quality of the material or the conditions in which the clothes were made. It is necessary for you to realize that expensive clothes necessarily mean quality, but very cheap clothes definitely mean low quality. And that’s just for the reason that quality input materials and work cannot be obtained at such a low cost,” say representatives of the Potex organization.
In addition, the above-mentioned greenwashing complicates their work. “Many clothing companies are aware that many of today’s residents require an environmentally friendly approach and good working conditions for employees. However, not every company is willing to do this in the real world, so they come up with a project that looks ecological or circular on the outside, but in reality it is not. In some cases it is very difficult to detect. Brands that do not support fast fashion include, for example, Nilmore, BeLenka, Unuo, manufacturers presenting at Fler, Sophistic by Veronika, SUTU, Young Primitive and others,” Potex representatives add, adding that it is also important to take good care of clothes. “Wash at a low temperature, ideally air dry, iron as little as possible. If the given item no longer suits us, it is necessary to send it on as soon as possible and not leave it at the bottom of the closet. The longer we put the item away, the more it loses its value and functional properties,” they conclude.
In the central square of the shopping center, the exhibition of REboxes and REkelímk – the first Czech system of returnable and reusable food packaging – will also be on display throughout the festival.
Workshops and a rich program will take place in Metropolis Zličín every Saturday in October from 14:00 to 17:00 and will be completely free for members of the loyalty program. You can register for the loyalty program on the Metropole Zličín website. Installations with information from non-profit organizations will be on display throughout the week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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