About Us

Africa Collect Textiles (ACT) is an initiative to collect used textiles and footwear for re-use and recycling.

Background

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First some facts.. Worldwide, an estimated 60 billion kilo of textiles and footwear is lost (burned or landfilled) every year. Kenya is importing yearly more than 100 million kg’s of ‘Mitumba’, second hand clothes. These items mainly come from Europe, Canada and the US. It is great to re-use, but what happens after it is used in Kenya..? Well, at the end everything ends up at the overflowing dumping sites like Africa’s biggest landfill Dandorra or the items are  burned in the open air.

We have to stop this linear way of treating our materials. It is time to create a global recycling loop for textiles and footwear!

We are convinced recycling textile and footwear is beneficial and sustainable; economically, socially and environmentally. It is environmentally beneficial in the sense that there will be no more burning (causing hazardous emissions), dumping and filling landfills with used textiles. It is economically and socially beneficial because of newly developed recycling techniques consequently creating new business opportunities and jobs. From successful textile/footwear recycling programs from all over the world, we transfer state of the art knowledge and skills to roll out a sustainable textile recycling economy in Kenya.

Our Target

The current total amount of textiles discarded by the public and other parties (traders, tailors, etc) in urban Kenya is estimated at 35 million kg yearly (of which 20 million kg yearly is in Nairobi.  Within the next 10 years we aim to collect and recycle more than half of Kenya’s lost textiles.

Our objectives

  • To collect used textiles and footwear throughout the country through several strategic partnerships
  • To recycle the collected textiles and footwear into a variety of new products, like;
  1. Filling material (toys, pillows)
  2. Sound proof and insulating panels / partition boards / ceilings
  3. Reinforced panels and shapes
  4. Furniture items from woven strips of cut -up cloth
  5. Rubber pavements and running tracks (from footwear)
  6. New textiles, yarn and fibers for textiles manufacturing
  • To inspire the community on the importance of reusing and recycling of textiles and shoes and how it can contribute to the betterment of the environment and the economy.
  • Create jobs in a new textile recycling economy
  • Generate funds for charity