Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution Programme

Textiles Sector

SAFECONOMY – Reinventing the Textile Circular Economy

The University of Northumbria, along with its consortium partners, proposes to address the release of hazardous chemicals into the environment from textiles manufacturing wastewater through piloting an innovative Molecular Distortion Technology for treating textile wastewater in Pakistan, a textiles manufacturing hotspot. 

Optimizing a textile manufacturing facility as demonstration site to reuse water and enhance wastewater management

The textile industry faces environmental challenges such as excessive water consumption and wastewater pollution. Bangladesh’s textile manufacturing industry has announced sustainability goals, including reducing its blue water footprint and meeting wastewater guidelines. This project aims to showcase that this goal can be realised and address social and environmental water impacts in textile manufacturing.

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.

Complete pineapple waste solutions including decortication for textile production

The Chequered Flag, in partnership with Mananasi Fibre Ltd and Ananas Anam Ltd, are piloting the decortication of pineapple waste for a) the recovery of fibres that can be used in the textiles value chain; b) producing organic compost; and c) production of biochar. Decortication of pineapple fibre is a relatively new technology in the region and success in this pilot will serve as a base to test other organic waste streams where it may be applicable. 

Research Report: Manufacturing pollution in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia: Implications for the environment, health and future work

Research Report: Manufacturing pollution in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia: Implications for the environment, health and future work. A scoping study was commissioned by the SMEP programme at the inception of the initiative to lay the foundational base for understanding the consequences of environmental degradation caused by manufacturing industries in these two regions. Despite acknowledging …

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MANUFACTURING POLLUTION – Synopsis Series 1: Kenya – Distilleries; Ethiopia – Leather; Tanzania – Textiles

As part of the SMEP prioritisation work for East Africa, Teifa IQ, in partnership with the Ethiopian Society of Chemical Engineers, Cleaner Production Centre of Tanzania, and Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre undertook: A Country Review of Manufacturing and Pollution in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Prioritisation of industries for intervention, using a set of agreed …

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