ACT Academy in Lagos, Nigeria

In August, our Lagos team hosted the very first ACT Academy. This was a textile recycling workshop for the kids. The exercise aimed to see firsthand the creative side of the children in the age group 3-14 years of age. The activities centered on textile recycling, fashion, and purpose.

A total of 20 Children, both boys and girls participated in the exercise, during the 2021 summer break. The children cut off Ankara print fabrics that were used to refurbish accessories they see all around them; in their homes, outings, etc.

The exercises encouraged the children to tap into their creativity while teaching them that textile too can be recycled, upcycled, and has endless possibilities even at that stage (a small cut-off or piece that might be disposed of as rags). The end products from the exercise ranged from; bangles, earrings, headbands, and an overall sense of pride and responsibility to the environment.

ACT in the Daily Nation!

In March this year, the East African reported that Mitumba imports from China to Kenya jumped by 86.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2024. Over the years, the volumes of second-hand clothing, shoes and textiles have increased at worrying rates. But quantity is not the only issue – several organisations have raised alarm over the quality of second-hand textiles making their way into Kenya and Africa from around the world. A 2023 report by Changing Markets Foundation, an organisation that exposes irresponsible trade practices – titled Trashion: The stealth export of waste plastic clothes to Kenya, shows there is an increasing number of low quality, unwearable second hand clothing coming into the country. The report notes with concern that Kenya and the rest of Africa have become a release valve and a textile dumping ground for countries in the global north as fast fashion and consumerism explode. Read more here!

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We were at UNEA

We are excited to be one of the exhibitors at this year’s UNEA6 conference. The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body for matters related to the environment. It sets priorities for global environmental policies and international environmental law. To be recognized as a key African organization focusing on circular solutions for the fashion industry. This platform provided an avenue for us to interact with delegates from different countries showcasing our solutions. During the event, we offered live weaving and repair experiences. A tailor-made UNEA6 rug was woven during the event which will be hung in a prominent place in the UN HQ in Nairobi. Click here  to see us featured on the UNEA media  and here on Spanish TV

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