Africa Collect Textiles: from used jeans to new rug

News overview

Africa Collect Textiles (ACT) is a socially inclusive business established to collect used textiles for recycling and resale. Examples of what the company does include creating rugs from hundreds of pairs of old jeans. This prevents the textiles from ending up in landfills, rivers or the ocean. ACT is laying the foundations for a circular fashion industry in Africa and providing low-income communities with access to affordable, sustainable clothing.

With support from the DOEN Foundation, ACT will purchase a shredder to make filling and felt for toys and blankets. It will drastically increase the volumes they can recycle.

Freija Vermeer, programme manager at DOEN: “ACT is genuinely pioneering systemic change in the textile industry, building a new logistics chain for collecting and processing textiles and creating amazing new products. This makes them truly unique.”

If you’re curious to find out more about how ACT works in practice, be sure to watch this video:

DOEN supports Africa Collect Textiles (ACT) thanks to participants of the Dutch Postcode Loterij (Postcode Lottery).