EU-funded SwitchMed: information session for Egyptian textile industries introduces benefits of valorising textile waste

February 25, 2021
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On 16 and 18 February, a series of online information sessions titled “Developing a supply chain for recycled textile waste in Egypt” informed 31 companies from Egypt’s textile industry on the MED TEST III project’s mapping activities. The mapping activities aim to gain an understanding on the needs and opportunities required to develop and facilitate business opportunities for textile waste valorisation in Egypt.

Local and international experts from Blumine and Reverse Resource presented the advantages of a more sustainable textile production to Egyptian textile industries. The benefits include the alignment with European customers’ requests for better waste management and recycled materials, increased profitability, improved linkages with the international brands, and supporting the know-how on circular production practices in the local value chain.

Together with international brands, such as Inditex, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Nudie Jeans, Benetton and the PVH Group, the MED TEST III project will explore the opportunities for waste valorisation and recycling of post-industrial textile waste in the local value chain. Transforming the textile industry in adopting more circular and environmentally friendly practices will require all actors’ involvement along the value chain.

The SwitchMed sustainable consumption and production programme aims to promote a switch by the Mediterranean economies towards sustainable consumption and production patterns and green economy, including low-emission development, through demonstration and dissemination of methods that improve resource and energy efficiency. It also seeks to minimise the environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of products and services and, where possible, to promote renewable energy.


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Countries covered:

  • Egypt