Ugandan sustainable textile company TexFad to enter new markets

05 Jun '21
1 min read
Pic: TexFad
Pic: TexFad

Uganda-based startup company TexFad, which developed technologies to extract fibres from banana stems, is planning to enter new markets like the US, Canada and Great Britain, this month. The company produces environment-friendly banana fibre products like blended fabrics (75 per cent banana and 25 per cent cotton), hand spun yarn, rugs and mats.

In 2021, the startup aims to produce and sell 2,400 banana fibre mats in domestic and international markets, double the items it produced in 2015, according to Ugandan media reports.

“TexFad is an organisation that deals in production of handwoven textiles in Uganda. We produce handmade textiles and offer opportunities for work based non-formal skills training programmes targeting the youth and women. We transform waste banana pseudo stems and other waste materials into high quality sustainable textile products,” the company said on its website.

Uganda is one of the world’s largest banana producer and a world leader in banana consumption. After the harvest, banana stems are usually discarded as waste. TexFad turns this waste into high-quality banana fibre textiles and handicrafts.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KD)

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