just before the pandemic hit our planet, the ACT team conducted a feasibility study in Lagos, Nigeria for installing the (Kenyan) ACT textile collection and recycling model. Studies show the megacity of Lagos discards between 100 to a 1000 metric tonnes each and every day! The loss of value and the pollution caused by textile waste is immense.
The study answers the main question:
“In what way, if any, could the ACT model be implemented in Lagos, Nigeria to allow for long-term, financial and technical feasibility of a local textile collection and recycling business?”
This question was further broken down along four dimensions and respective questions:
- Socio-cultural dimension: Which cultural norms or existing practices may affect the donation, collection, and re-use of used textiles / clothes?
- Economic / market dimension: How, if at all, will the current demand and supply of textile waste and potential up- / recycled products as well as the current actor landscape in Lagos affect the financial and technical feasibility of the ACT model in Lagos?
- Business / legal dimension: Which financial, legal, and infrastructural factors need to be considered before setting up ACT Nigeria?
- Design dimension: How should all other dimensions as well as additional local factors and capacities influence the final structure of ACT Nigeria, in terms of its organizational, material, technical and visual design?
Given the diversity of topics to cover and data to gather, the research of this study was conducted with a mix of classic (qualitative) tools of inquiry and additional hands-on, experimental and networking activities. This study is made possible by Dutch governmental organisation RVO, Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland.
Interested in the world of textile waste in Lagos and the outcomes of the study? Download the report here.