Duration of the call: 31st January 2022 to 14th February 2022 

ECO-INNOVATION AND PRODUCT ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT FOR THE TEXTILE AND APPAREL VALUE CHAIN

The present Call for Proposals is launched in the context of the global project Innovative Business Practices and Economic Models in the Textile Value Chain (InTex), funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The InTex project has five components, two 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. They 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). For a comprehensive overview of the project, its components and how SMEs will benefits from it, kindly see the InTex Brochure.

The UNEP InTex project invites Textile and Apparel SMEs to apply to be considered for technical assistance, training and implementation measures on Eco-innovation (i.e. Sustainable Business Model Innovation) and the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF). The technical assistance and training will be facilitated by UNEP and Moi University (UNEP InTex Technical intermediary in Kenya), and will include virtual, face to face and peer to peer learning.  The selected Textile SMEs will be expected to commit the necessary resources and energy (to collect and share data, run assessments and eventually change their practices towards increased sustainability and circularity).

We invite all interested Textiles and Apparel SMEs to click here to apply/ register their interest and receive further information.

The Textile and Apparel SMEs are strongly advised to first read the SME selection criteria here before applying to participate in the project. More resources are available on the list of resources here for the UNEP InTex project.

In case of any inquiries, please contact the team at; [email protected] or [email protected].

We wish you a successful application.

Prof Josphat Igadwa Mwasiagi
Principal Investigator
Moi University, UNEP InTex PROJECT