UK-Nigeria Circular Fashion Global Innovation Network
The UK-Nigeria Circular Fashion Global Innovation Network is a new initiative led by the Innovate UK Global Alliance Africa Project team based in Nigeria to catalyse a revolutionary transformation in the Nigerian fashion industry by adopting circular fashion principles and innovations. Both the UK and Nigeria share a common goal – to create a high impact, innovative but socially responsible fashion industry.
About the network
Nigeria’s fashion industry is one of the most vibrant and dynamic in Africa, drawing international attention due to the distinctiveness of the materials that stand out from the crowd. Conversations in the industry are beginning to tilt towards circular fashion characterised by ethical sourcing and production, reduced environmental impact, and a commitment to social responsibility.
The UK-Nigeria Circular Fashion Global Innovation Network will foster relationships and opportunities for future collaboration within the industry. The network will engage stakeholders on key elements needed for the development of the Nigerian circular fashion industry including innovation, product design, material selection, recycling infrastructure, supply chain transparency, policy, regulation, consumer awareness and education, technology and economic incentives. See our key drivers below.
Circular Fashion Knowledge Exchange and Workshops
Cross-Border Collaborations among Designers, Researchers and Brands
Sustainable Materials and Technology Sourcing
In this area, we will be focusing on businesses promoting digital solutions within the fashion industry.
Redefining Chemicals in Manufacturing
We will support organisations reducing the harmful environmental effects associated with traditional chemical processes in textile manufacturing.
Recycling and Upcycling of Textiles
We will be focusing on the adoption of circular business models, such as leasing and take-back programs, to extend the lifecycle of fashion products.
Recycling of Waste for Sustainable Fabrics
This area will cover exploring innovative ways to utilise other types of sustainable materials such as agricultural waste, fish skin etc in the creation of fabrics.
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Global Alliance Africa
This Innovate UK Global Alliance Africa 6-year (2019-2025) project funded by UK International Development aims to build new and stronger UK-African partnerships to maximise the creation of inclusive market access, funding and investment opportunities through innovation knowledge transfer between the UK, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
Global Innovation Networks
Global Innovation Networks unite some of the best minds and greatest thinkers from across the UK and globally to find answers to some of the world’s most significant challenges. The Networks will facilitate UK, African and EU networks to deliver collaborative research, innovation and funding solutions that address key global innovation challenges.