Texfash.com – Interview with ACT

 

We never wanted to copy-paste a European collection and recycling model!

 

Nairobi-headquartered Africa Collect Textiles (ACT) is run by ordinary people with extraordinary ideas on how to divert textiles from landfills. No one believed recycling clothes would work in a country where a sizeable proportion of people wears secondhand clothes from abroad. Founder Elmar Stroomer tells us why and how it does.

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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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