Dow, a materials science company, is helping develop more sustainable manufacturing processes within the fast-growing fashion industry in Ethiopia.
Through education, training programs and business consultancy capabilities, the project paves the way for improved sustainable chemical and waste management practices along the textile value chain. Dow supports the textile value chain in implementing more sustainable chemical and waste management practices and making a positive social, environmental, and economic impact. The focus is on building awareness and capabilities of factory management and workers across the textile supply chain to implement and maintain an effective sustainable chemical management system based on industry best-practice.Sustainable chemical management consultancy capabilities have been setup through a network of trained local consultants.The project has been able to establish sustainable structures for training in the environmentally and ecologically responsible disposal of chemicals and waste.
The environmental impact of textile and garment manufacturing is a key challenge as the industry sector in Ethiopia booms.Ethiopia has the potential to become one of the leading textile and apparel hubs in Africa. Alongside this growth, there are opportunities to improve chemical management and prevent water pollution. In recent years, the country has attracted foreign investments for new textile and garment manufacturing facilities and several international brands and retailers have shifted their textile and garment sourcing to Ethiopia.