Kenyan Startup to Make Clothes from Waste Plastic Soda Bottles

T3 will recycle used PET bottles to produce textile/ apparel in their factory in Athi River.


A startup by local entrepreneurs seeks to solve Kenya’s plastic bottle menace by turning your used soda cans into clothing items.

T3 will recycle used PET bottles to produce textile/ apparel in their factory in Athi River.

T3 has set up the recycling plant in the Athi River EPZ. Founded by three family members, T3 will process 20,000kg of PET plastics a day .

The company is in the process of setting up a post-consumer plastic collection network in all parts of Kenya.

Kavnish Singh, a director of T3 said they have put in Shs 200 million to build the plant.

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T3 artnered with other firms to launch the Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge on March 5.

The competition targets innovators from universities and colleges, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the Jua Kali sector.

Driven by plastic waste recycle social enterprise T3 (Trash Thread Textile), the aim of the challenge is to seek an innovative way of providing baling to the plastic waste management industry. Eventually, it seeks to create a baling company in Kenya, by Kenyans as a means of evolving a baling industry in the country.

Baling involves the compression of bulky materials into easier packages. The technique is popular among hay farmers, but also functions with plastic waste management.

Three winners, in the categories of Manual Baler, Renewable Energy Powered Baler and Grid Powered Baler, will be picked.