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Vouzela will rethink the idea of waste in the local textile industry

Portuguese community workshop to turn textile scraps into ecodesign pieces

Portuguese community workshop to turn textile scraps into ecodesign pieces

From textile waste to textile wealth

The Municipality of Vouzela (Portugal) is partnering with several partners from the textile industry and the local vocational school to create a community sewing workshop, which will utilize unused fabric and materials from local companies to produce new products. The benefit will be the reduction of textile waste on a local level, the introduction of circular methods, and the possibility for creative people to generate some extra income using free source material.

Using every last thread

The sewing workshop will use raw material recovered from the local industry, which would otherwise be incinerated or landfilled. The latter automatically means reduced waste accumulation and reduced carbon emissions.

The workshop will be created within the scope of the sustainable project By.Vouzela, which involves several partners, received funding of 15 thousand euros from the Caixa Social 2022 Awards.

The students of the fashion design course at the Vocational School of Vouzela will be responsible for creating products and the University of Beira Interior will develop a study on the By.Vouzela project. The Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Matosinhos (design college) will contribute to the creation of fashion for design stylistic differentiation.

The mayor of Vouzela, Rui Ladeira, welcomed the fact that it is a project that fulfils the three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, social and economic. “This is a project aligned with the municipality's commitment to becoming increasingly sustainable and which, moreover, has involved the community in several quarters,” he said, quoted by Delas fashion blog.

The mayor stressed that this project, which focuses on the circular economy model, “intends to boost local production in the textile sector by minimizing waste”. It also intends to “value the traditions and heritage of the region and create value for the community”.

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