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Fabric - Fibre - Fabric (Textile Recycling)

Collection and recycling of textile materials from local fashion designers and tailors in Lagos State, Nigeria.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The project entails collection of cut-out and unused pieces of materials daily disposed off by the local fashion designers and tailors and recycling them back into yards that can then be used for varieties of fashionable wears, clothing and accessories. Method of collection is through mobile means(mostly bicycle) as access is limited to bigger vehicles and this network is monitored and mapped out by our remote sensing technology. The collected textile materials are taken to the recycling point after sorting at the collection point. They are shredded,washed and spawn out into yards. All these processes will also be eco-friendly with minimal pollution. The collection of these unused materials will also prevent water pollution and drainage blockage as most of these are majorly thrown into the drainage during and after rain storm or they are carried away by runoff as these people don't have viable means of waste disposal.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The beneficiaries are mostly the local fashion designers and tailors in Lagos State,Nigeria, and the residents of the city.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The idea focus on textile waste collection and recycling. The collection is done through mobile means(bicycle) of transportation as there's limit to entrance by larger vehicles. This project will be monitored and areas mapped out using our remote sensing technology. The recycled materials will be dermatologically tested and approves.They are also going to sold at a low and discounted price to the locals so they can afford quality and comfortable clothing. Some percentage will also be given out to contributors to encourage them to give out their textile waste. Local fashion designers and tailors will also be encouraged to showcase their talent using the recycled textile materials in an awareness and sensitization campaign /fashion show.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Eumid Consult is a company that is into research, fashion,GIS/Remote Sensing and Agriculture. We research and formulate eco-friendly ways of improving human lives, conserving nature and sustaining the environment also with application of remote sensing and GIS.

Expertise in sector

  • 5-7 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The menace in continued disposal of textile waste into drainage systems. The unused end of textile materials by fashion designers and tailors and high rate of disposal with no further usefulness.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Planet has been impacted by pollution and this affects both nature and man. This project addresses water and land pollution as these are the major causes of disease outbreak and social unrest. The project addressing this aspect will help bring about a conscious change in mindset of individuals,direct and indirect participation in clean-up and maintenance of the environment. This will foster unity and peace amongst communities.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The project will be assisted by some registered associations of fashion designers and tailors to help ease collection and cooperation with their members. Imagery data collected online from ESRI(Environmental Science Research Institute) for mapping of points of locations and routes. Dermatology test and approval will be carried out by the Association of Dermatologist

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The community has a surplus of fashion designers and tailors who day in day out work, cut out textile materials and dispose off the unused. Lagos is also a fashion conscious city and it's residents are mostly party oriented in which textiles are being chosen as uniforms(locally called Aso-Ebi) and these are given to tailors to sew for them.

Geographic Focus

Lagos State,Nigeria. Expansion into further states in Nigeria.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

8 - 12 months as major part of the time will be spent on construction and installation of machines and equipments.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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What a beautiful project and contribution to the circular economy! - Carrie (part of Dusti Becker 's team)

Photo of Willoughby Eunice

Thank you.
It's an initiative in putting textile pollution in check as it isn't biodegradable.

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