On 4th and 5th December 2017, Prospex Institute organised a second round of Citizen Labs in Maribor, Slovenia, together with the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Maribor (UMARI). How are young pupils students disposing of old clothing and textile items? What are their motivations for buying clothes? Are they aware of the different recycling and disposal options for their textiles and clothes? Are they satisfied with those?
With these questions, we headed to the Prva Gimnazija, one of the biggest high-schools in Maribor, as well as the Engineering faculty of the Maribor university. In a facilitated and interactive Citizen Lab, mixing online and offline engagement, the pupils and students, aged between 16 and 25, shared their views on textile and clothing recycling and disposal options.
Through playful and interactive activities, these Citizen Labs will further our understanding of the purchasing and disposal behaviour of students when it comes to clothing and textile products. This will ultimately enable the RESYNTEX-project to design better strategies for increased collection of textile waste and improved consumer awareness and participation in take-back and recycling schemes.