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The Swiss Army recently introduced boots of a new design, consequently a large quantity of leather gaiters became obsolete. Disposal of the gaiters in Switzerland would not only be costly in money and energy, but would cause pollution. For the WOC, on the contrary, these gaiters represent a most welcome gift, since the leather can be used as an ideal raw material in setting up 6 or 7 apprenticeship centres in the Middle East and Asia. One of these centres is described below. The creation of such centres relieves the North of an environmental problem, while giving many young people the opportunity to learn a useful trade.