Plastic has become one of the most manufactured material in Kenya and life today is unthinkable without it. Unfortunately, the benefits of plastic - its durability, weight and cost of production, also make it problematic when it comes to its end of life phase due to its non-biodegradable nature.
In Kenya, The consumption of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles has increased over the years mainly due to an increase in the consumption of bottled water. PET Bottles have other uses too for instance; juices, milk, yoghurt, agrochemicals as well as pharmaceuticals.
The millions of PET plastic bottles used annually end up in the waste mainstream because Kenya has no widespread infrastructure to deal with solid waste. Reusable, valuable resources sit alongside the garbage in a landfill, the burn pit, or the street. Plastic bottles now constitute the biggest challenge to solid waste management in the country.
The three main problems Kenya is facing today are - poverty, unemployment, and plastic waste. Enormous piles of plastic trash lie throughout Kenya and are harming the agriculture and tourism industry. Millions of kilograms of plastic waste is generated each year most of that is in the form of plastic bottles, which Kenyans discard on the roads, fields, beaches and lakes causing serious environmental problems. With our vision to find sustainable solutions to global problems, we wish to create jobs for impoverished people alleviating poverty and simultaneously address an environmental problem. We will capitalise on the opportunities in the recycled resin and manufacture yarn and textile engineered from 100% post-consumer beverage and water bottles sourced, processed and spun into yarn exclusively made in Kenya. We will be the first of its kind with a unique transparent supply chain. This project offers a sustainable solution that reduces environmental impacts within the industry by converting waste into recycled product equal in quality to the original yarn, thread and textile. This will have remarkable savings in terms of energy and water in textile manufacturing hence providing a holistic approach to this national problem.
The end product is derived from 100% recycled post-consumer plastic waste using a mechanical - not chemical process. There is a limitless range of products that can be produced from the yarn with levels of quality equal to virgin polyester equivalents, but with considerable resource and cost savings for the environment. We believe that this is a creative eco-sustainable platform which will put Kenya on the map of eco friendly textiles.
T3 will set up a Recycled PET (rPET) textile plant located in Athi River, Kenya. Our initial capacity will be 20,000 kg a day, and it will utilise post-consumer plastic collected all over Kenya and East Africa. For our first year, we wish to recycle 6 million kilograms of PET. The Company will be vertically integrated, and use almost all of its recycled material in yarn and textile manufacturing. Our product will primarily be sold to designers and fashion houses so they can now source recycled, socially responsible fabrics made in Kenya. We will also use it in other high value added manufacturing operations such as the automotive, agriculture and healthcare industry.
Textile is a necessity and it will exist no matter what. Imagine a world if 100% of it was recycled material rather than made from virgin petroleum? If that material can also lift thousands of families out of poverty, then shouldn’t we Kenyans harness that opportunity?
Finding sustainable solutions to global problems. The first environmentally friendly yarn & textile, proudly produced in Kenya.
To eliminate plastic waste in Kenya.
This is an organised social movement. Our goal is to help Kenya achieve better trading conditions and adopt sustainable processes. Our yarn, thread and textile will meet global standards and criteria of production and trading costs. The production of textile from post-consumer bottles will involve fair pay for workers, be harvested and produced sustainably as well as be given a fair trading price.
The production process will inflict no harm on the ecosystem and use processes that reduce the carbon footprint during manufacturing.
To be recycled means that the bottles have been used for another purpose. Recycling the bottles for textile is definitely more environmentally friendly than manufacturing thread and textile from virgin resources. We will be adding value to bottles that are being seen as trash.
To build meaningful relationships in communities across the country to help protect nature, support persons with disabilities, HIV affected individuals and empower women and youth while creating an enjoyable working environment and build a culture of recycling across Kenya.
Help protect water sources across the country.
Work to provide local communities, schools and organisations with new and innovative recycling programs that raise awareness and help make recycling easier.
Reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry with a circular economy system that converts plastic waste back into premium quality fibre and yarn with respect for the environment.
Innovation of textile in Kenya as we help turn waste into a resource that generates income and improves conditions for families living in poverty.
Preserve and protect water sources
Reduce toxic chemical use
Minimise greenhouse emissions
Use green energy (solar power)
Use biofuels for combustion (coco peat, briquettes)
Build a sustainable supply chain