Every year, $460 billion worth of clothes that can still be worn are thrown away. Not only is it a waste of material, but experts say it also contributes unnecessarily to the climate crisis. The textile sector accounts for up to 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
To help extend the life of garments, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is leading innovative business practices and business models in the textile value chain (InTex). The three-year project is designed to improve resource efficiency and promote circularity in textiles.
One of the members of the program is Africa Collect Textiles, a Kenyan start-up that recycles textile waste into carpets, toys, yarns and other products that can be reintroduced into the market.
Through InTex and the Beat Pollution campaign, UNEP is developing innovative business models that reduce the impact of pollution and improve human and environmental health.
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