Petition for the Sustainable Regulation of Second-Hand Clothing Trade in Kenya

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Clean Up Kenya has started a petition at CHANGE.ORG to ask Kenyan authorities to reform the local second-hand clothing industry to serve the people and the environment. The petition, titled, Petition for the Sustainable Regulation of Second-Hand Clothing Trade in Kenya” is asking specific state authorities to address pressing concerns surrounding the industry’s sustainability and the uncertainty caused by several policy directives and proposals by the European Union and its members that could affect the international trade of used textiles.

The state officers being petitioned are the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Soipan Tuya, Minister of Investment, Trade, and Industry, Hon. Rebecca Miano, the National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA), and both Houses of Parliament.

The petition blames an international syndicate comprising of charities that collects clothes in the Global North, textile recycling companies responsible for sorting and grading, and importers in Kenya for neglecting environmentally and sustainable business practices.

This petition is being led by Betterman Simidi Musasia, along with co-petitioners Janet Chemitei and Ruth Okinyo.

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  1. Visiting the Petition Page and signing today!
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