NAIROBI – The UN, across several of its many divisions, has recently ramped up its focus on improving the environmental impact of the fashion industry – in accordance with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Another trend with an equally steep trajectory has been the incorporation of recycled and ocean plastics within the product portfolios of many apparel firms. 

The Clean Seas campaign, run by UN Environment, has now been up-and-running for two years and has gathered support and commitments from 57 countries. Many of these countries have pledged to substantially expand domestic plastic recycling operations. 

In the wake of China’s foreign waste ban – established last year – could the UN initiative mean that polyester feedstocks derived from post-consumer plastics will be much more readily available, and from a much wider variety of locations the world over? 

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