Textile Waste Advocacy

The fashion industry’s environmental impact is severe, as overproduction has spurred the growth of the global second-hand clothing trade. Due to weak laws, this trade poses environmental risks in countries like Kenya, where inadequate waste infrastructure exists. Our Textile Waste Advocacy Project aims to raise awareness of this issue and advocate for sustainable legislative solutions.

TRASHION REPORT AND DOCUMENTARY

In 2023, in collaboration with The Changing Markets Foundation and Wildlight, we released the Trashion Report and Documentary. This report and documentary revealed how the United Kingdom and the European Union were sending to Kenya up to 40 percent of low-quality clothing resulting in a devastating social and environmental impact. Since the release of this report and documentary, there have been several EU policy directives, including those on Extended Producer Responsibility for Textiles. There have also been proposals by several EU countries to subject ‘textile waste’ to the same rules of the Basel Convention.

PETITION FOR SUSTAINABLE REGULATION OF SECOND-HAND CLOTHING TRADE IN KENYA

We have started a petition at CHANGE.ORG to sustainably reform the second-hand clothing trade in Kenya to serve the people and the environment. This petition will be delivered to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, National Environment Management Authority, and both Houses of Parliament. Help us support this petition by signing today!

PETITIONERS

Ruth Okinyo

Janet Chemitei

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