“An Upcycling Crafts – Trash Collection 2023” EventSociety
Ulaanbaatar, March 7, 2023 /MONTSAME/. The textile and garment sector accounts for a significant proportion of global carbon emissions, with estimates ranging between six and eight percent of total global carbon emissions, or some 1.7 billion tons in carbon emissions per year. Moreover, textile production is estimated to be responsible for about 20% of global clean water pollution from dyeing and finishing products. Generally, the global average water footprint for 1 kg of cotton is 20 thousand liters, to make the average cotton t-shirt takes 2,700 liters of water and that's enough drinking water for one person for 900 days.
Therefore, people can upcycle their clothes and other sewn and knitted products without throwing them away. If we upcycle and redesign our old clothes, we can reduce the fashion industry's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent. This simple action that we can accomplish in our daily life has a positive impact on nature and is considered to be environmentally friendly.
On March 6, “An Upcycling Crafts – Trash Collection 2023” event was opened in Khaan Bank (Seoul Office) under the slogan “Let’s reuse your clothes and items to make Mother Nature happy,” promoting the importance of upcycling and spreading possibilities of how we can turn old clothes and rugs into a new and something useful. This event, initiated by the Mongolian Quilting Center, is being organized in cooperation with the Hub Innovation Center and will end on March 8.
Opening event was attended by the Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Mongolia Axelle Nicaise, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to Mongolia Sebastien Surun.
"I would like to express my profound gratitude to “The Mongolian Quilting Center” and their operations that spread ecological activity in Mongolia and have a positive impact on the environment. I also want to emphasize that this event, which is encouraging people to reuse their clothes without turning them into waste, would positively affect society by teaching children and youths to sew, providing jobs for the elders and unemployed citizens, and expounding simple methods to save a Mother Nature," Sebastien Surun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to Mongolia, said during the event.
“Today, our goal to reduce the negative impact of waste clothes on the environment and cooperation with designers have been realized through this exhibition where re-designed clothes and upcycled crafts are displayed. Our event will be held for four days. As for today's exhibition, we presented works created with re-designed old clothes in anticipation of International Women's Day. I would like to tell you that old clothes can be disassembled, repaired, and re-sewed to make them "new" as much as you want and can be reused” Ts. Selenge, Head of Mongolian Quilting Center and Shine Zamnal NGO, said.