BRAND project an LTTA event for young people and youth workers was held in Larissa, Greece

Within the framework of the Erasmus + BRAND project, an LTTA (learning, teaching and training activities) event for young people and youth workers was held in Larissa, Greece from 9th to 13th October 2023. The main topic of the workshops and lectures was the harmful impact of the fast fashion industry on the environment, but also on the rights of workers in the textile industry. Gertrude Klaffenbock, an expert in the field of workers’ rights, from the Austrian organization Sudwind, held two lectures via video link on working conditions, especially for women, in the textile industry in Bangladesh, and representatives of partner organizations held workshops on the cotton production process and the supply chain, animal rights, responsibility of producers, brands, but also consumers for the rise of throw away culture and treating clothes as disposable goods. The participants also took part in a workshop on upcycling where they learned how to make a bag out of a pair of jeans. On this study trip, the participants had the opportunity to visit two sustainable textile factories, Grinco – which is engaged in the production of biodiesel, but also ecological dyeing of clothes and Bettina – a bed linen factory where the entire production process takes place from spinning the cotton thread to the finished product. The most beautiful part of this study trip is certainly the visit to Meteora, but also enjoying the city of Larissa and the delicious Greek cuisine, as well as the hospitality of our hosts, the Kainotomia organization, to whom we would like to express our special thanks.

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