Stakeholder Workshop: Promoting Circular Economy in the Textile and Garment Sector  

join us at our project development workshop focusing on the necessity and benefits of scaling up and replicating circular economy concepts in the textile and garment sector.

This UNIDO-developed initiative aims to promote the circular economy in the textile and garment value chains in Ethiopia, where UNIDO is managing a country-level project that complements the regional project in Lesotho, Madagascar and South Africa. Involving public private partnerships and several international brands, it addresses the Global Environmental Facility-7 area of preventing waste/products containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and hazardous chemicals from entering material recovery supply chains.

In South Africa, the textile and garment sector contribute significantly to the national economy and to the export of goods and services. This sector is also one of the priority sectors identified in the industrial policies of the identified countries, especially as it concerns the reduction of POPs on human health and the environment. It is also a priority source of wastewater as well as water and energy consumption.

Urgent local, national and international actions are required to:

1) ensure ownership and cooperation from textile and garment companies,

2) minimise chemical, water, energy, materials consumption, and waste generation,

3) bring relevant economic benefits that will balance the required best available techniques, best environmental practices, and resource efficiency and cleaner production investments,

4) improve the efficiency of textile and garment facilities,

5) reduce and/or avoid economic, social and environmental risks and negative impacts, and

6) support the adoption of international best practices and compliance with international standards, norms and/or regulations.

Event details:

Date: Friday, 8 October 2021
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
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