The World We Want

Home / Our Projects / T3 — Recycling in Kenya

Trash, Thread, Textile (T3): Creating environmental and social impact

See all projects Project gallery

Billions of plastic bottles go into landfills, are burned, or end up in our oceans every year. T3 wants to do something about this by transforming plastic bottles into recycled polyester fibre (rPSF) to be used by the world’s leading brands. T3 is not just finding new life for recycled materials. Compared to making what’s called virgin fibre, rPSF offsets using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process. While the primary goal of the company is environmental, T3 will also create shared value for vulnerable communities providing an income generation opportunity within waste management.

The Big Numbers:
The plant will recycle 35 tons/day at maximum capacity. That is almost 10,000 tons/year and over 350M bottles annually.
• 36,000 16-ounce plastic bottles = 1 ton
• 1000 kg of plastic bottles recycled saves 3.8 barrels of oil
• 1 million plastic bottles recycled saves 250 barrels of oil
• 1 million plastic bottles recycled eliminates 180 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere
• Recycling saves 66% of the energy needed to manufacture polyester yarn from petroleum.

This venture provides for the development of technically feasible and economically viable solutions to PET plastic bottle recycling. T3 also believes that waste management can alleviate poverty – by purchasing trash at a premium price from some of the poorest neighbourhoods in Kenya and disrupting the existing exploitive industry. When a company makes a choice to purchase either flakes or fibre from T3, they are supporting jobs, changing lives, and repurposing waste into an environmentally sustainable material.