Every year, there are approximately 60 billion kilograms of textiles and footwear land-filled or burned. As of today, low-income countries such as Kenya contribute comparatively little to the world’s textile waste, but many African countries continue to import more and more second-hand clothing and are simultaneously investing heavily in local production. Yet, simply increasing textile imports and production, and thus textile waste, comes with pitfalls and concerns if local systems and industries are not ready for it.
It is estimated that the minimum textile waste output in Kenya is about 100 million kg per year and 20% of which is from Nairobi. Not only facing overwhelming textile waste, but Nairobi is also battling with many further challenges, one of which is inefficient waste management. ACT contributes to the socio-economic and ecological development of the city. Not only providing further employment opportunities for the locals, but also redistributing low-budget clothing to the poorer Kenyans.
At present, there are more and more textiles being collected by ACT, however, not all the materials can be resold as wearable or can be recycled into a new product. To make sure that ACT can process up to 100% of the collected materials, a simple shredder machine for making pillow filling is required as an alternative to newly produced and imported textiles.