The innovation in a nutshell
Growing nettles to create sustainable fashion and livelihoods.
More in detail
Nettles are true survivors, requiring just some sun, a minimum of water and whatever soil you have. The crop also has another super power – the plant stalks can be turned into a sustainable linen-like fabric. Moreover, process leftovers can be used to make paper and dyes.
Besides potentially providing job opportunities and nutrients for more than 200,000 small holder farmers across Kenya alone, organic nettle fabric is a welcome, environmentally friendly alternative to conventional fabrics. It’s a true circular way of thinking, to look at nature and see how we can adopt to it, instead of the opposite.
“The mentorship that Global Change Award brings gives us opportunities to improve our production lines and, in the end, our, production costs. The grant however, will be used to prepay farmers, improve our production facilities, benchmarking and research,” says Jonah Mwangi from Green Nettle Textile.
Team members: Jonah Mwangi, Esther Muthoni, Sophia Mwai, Susan Macharia