Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution Programme

Textile waste

Reverse Resources – using data to revolutionise textile waste management and recycling

Reverse Resources provides a digital traceability solution to the current mismanagement of textile waste through tracing the waste and connecting it with textile-2-textile recyclers. The platform furthermore enables real-time data and statistics of waste flows to encourage evidence-based decision making and to support the growth of this new market.

Uganda Circular Textiles

The Uganda Circular Textile project is designed to support a transition to a local Ugandan textile manufacturing base by incorporating clothes that would have otherwise ended up in landfill into new products and design.    The project will assess the existing second-hand textile value chains in Kampala to establish the types of materials that are currently discarded and will explore commercially viable alternative uses for these materials.  The project will pilot collection systems to divert unwanted items from Owino Market to a new Textile Reuse Hub situated at Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC) and train tailors and designers to repurpose these goods for sale. The project will build separation and sorting systems for the discarded garments, which will be repurposed into new items, including new designs, accessories, reusable nappies and sanitary pads, cleaning team and soft furnishings.  This intervention will demonstrate how applying WasteAid’s innovative whole-system approaches to the circular economy can create jobs and establish commercially viable secondary textile value chains.

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