About Innovative Business Practices and Economic Models in the Textile Value Chain (InTex)

InTex is a project aimed at the Clothing, Textiles, Footwear, Leather & Leather Goods Industries with a key focus on circularity – where the product created end-of-life is considered in the development of the business and the business strategy.

The project also focuses on Eco-innovation in business with innovation resulting in significant progress towards the goal of sustainable development, by reducing the impacts of production modes on the environment, enhancing nature’s resilience to environmental pressures, or achieving a more efficient and responsible use of natural resources. InTex considers the Product and Environmental Footprint – production processes, products the overall impact of the value chain.

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How will SMEs benefit from the project?

Knowledge building

  • Learn about eco-innovation, PEF and circular business models
  • Gain access to tools and guidance that can help make your business more sustainable, circular and resilient

Data analysis

  • Learn how to calculate and communicate the environmental footprint of your textile product
  • Access PEF-complaint LCA datasets, learn how to collect relevant LCA data and generate PEF studies

Technical assistance

  • Develop a new business strategy and underlying business models, and receive support in implementing these, following the eco-innovation approach
  • Get support in analyzing your product environmental footprint to guide decision-making on improved product design and manufacturing



The InTex project is a three-year project with five components, two of the components with global reach and three with a focus on national implementation in Kenya, South Africa, and Tunisia. The two global components aim to increase access to environmental and lifecycle data so that businesses and policymakers can make better-informed decisions and implement relevant strategies. The components also aim to provide evidence of environmental and socio-economic impacts of different sustainable economic models in the textiles value chain.

The three national components aim to increase the uptake of UNEP’s eco-innovation approach (including Circularity, as outlined in UNEP’s circularity platform) and the use of the European Commission’s (ECs) Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) within textile SMEs in Africa while incorporating a strong component on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data. generation and accessibility through UNEP’s Global LCA Data Access network (GLAD).

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