Empowerment of people with disabilities through integration of echo energy systems and sustainable garment processing

Project Details


SA Multinational fashion brands and local clothing industry producers struggle to meet international environmentally friendly product standards due to the use of coal generated electricity in South Africa. CTG use up-cycled materials, especially denim to produce weighted products for people challenged by autism, ADHD and anxiety, (Clothes to Good). The CTG model is also to manufacture some or parts of the up-cycled products from their small home operations, while caring for the child with disabilities from home.
This project is designed to harnessing the power of engineering to build sustainable society & inclusive economy that works for everyone, through coupling the developed technology of hybrid renewable energy sources to power the upcycling and downcycling processes of garments established by families and micro businesses. The project will build on the experience that GCU has in developing hybrid system composes of wind turbine and PV-solar to produce enough clean energy that is essential to provide the electricity needed for processing garments. The second dimension of the project is to empower the families and communities with care responsibilities of people with mental and physical disabilities, in order to support them to live a decent life with access to electricity, and at the same time allows them to continue working in the up/down cycling from home. This in turn will ensure the final product is using clean energy; Exiting people from poverty through job creation and enterprise development (especially for mothers of children with disabilities who are more marginalised); Creating inclusion for people with disabilities across the fashion industry, and Caring for the planet by diverting textile from landfill through recycling. Exchange knowledge and lessons learnt for both SA and UK in that field will be the vehicle for more intercountry collaboration, to tackle sustainability issues in fashion industry and working for disadvantaged communities.
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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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