Kenya Breaks Ground for World’s First Green Garment Factory Made from Recycled Containers

Judy Ndunge Kenya May 20, 2024
 The world’s first green industrial garment factory has broken ground in Athi River EPZ, with a $530,000 investment from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and a $1.3 million loan from Trade Catalyst Africa (TCA). This new warehouse spans 5,000 sqm and is poised to be the world’s first sustainable garment factory constructed using upcycled containers.
“This investment presents a great opportunity to build scalable and sustainable industrial space for garment manufacturing and symbolizes our dedication to environmental stewardship,” said Duncan Onyango, CEO of Trade Catalyst Africa on May 20th ,2024.
With its innovative construction, and use of solar energy and rainwater harvesting, the new garment and textile center is expected to save an estimated 18 tons of CO2 annually. It will also conserve 1,000 m3 of water annually, highlighting the potential for sustainability in industrial design’s, therefore creating jobs, particularly for women, and boosting its export potential.
“This project showcases how innovative thinking and environmental responsibility can coexist, leading to economic growth and a healthier planet. We are proud to be part of this pioneering effort,” said Naeem Pasta, CEO of Modular Real Estate EPZ a partner in the joint venture.
The green garment and textile Centre will enable a significant growth for Kenya’s industrial sector, aligning it with the country’s vision to transform into a newly industrializing, middle-income country. This  will further enhance its competitiveness in the global textiles market, which was valued at approximately US$1.5 trillion as of 2020 and is still poised for significant growth.
“By pioneering this unique industrial space, we are setting a new standard for the garment industry, positioning Kenya and Africa as leaders in sustainable manufacturing, “Onyango added.
By setting a precedent for green industrial practices, Kenya can become a model for other nations striving for sustainable development. The warehouse is already under construction, will be completed by December 2024

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