7 VIDAS a circular economy project
Although there is a growing awareness of the environment, there are still habits in our daily lives that we need to change, such as the use of plastic bags when we go shopping. This is a large-scale problem, as many of these bags end up in the sea causing physical damage and even the death of a multitude of living creatures such as whales, dolphins, birds, turtles, etc., not to mention the microplastics and chemicals that enter the food chain.
In Tarifa, the mecca of kitesurfing and windsurfing, every year the water sports schools discard huge quantities of old equipment because it is not technically safe to use. This material is made from high quality fabrics, but they cannot be reused again in this industry. Therefore, the only possibilities left for these materials are to dispose of them in the recycling bin or, even better, to reuse them. This reduces the carbon footprint that would result from remanufacturing.
What does 7 VIDAS consist of?
7 VIDAS is a local circular economy project that aims to recycle this waste kite and windsurfing material into reusable shopping bags and other everyday objects. Like the 7 lives of a cat.
The aim of the project is to provide these new objects at the entrance of local food shops in Tarifa to encourage customers to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics.
To recycle these materials into other useful objects, we work with local seamstresses and groups and associations that work with vulnerable people or people at risk of exclusion, creating a local circular economy throughout the year and with the made in Tarifa seal.
7 VIDAS meets 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.