STAND Up!: 22 projects in the fashion and clothing industry selected in Lebanon
Berytech, the Lebanese partner from STAND Up!, has selected 22 projects founded by 42 entrepreneurs to join the STAND Up! Growing Innovation Program. Born from the need to transition to an environmentally and socially responsible circular model in the textile sector, STAND Up will support these textile entrepreneurs and eco-innovative ventures to become more competitive, capable of seizing business opportunities and employment generated by the green revolution in the Mediterranean.
A total of 131 applications went through 2 rounds of selection by expert jury members from the Berytech team to identify the top 22 to join the program focusing on economic viability, environmental and social value, and a team that gathers strong entrepreneurial and professional experience.
Berytech is a partner of STAND Up! Sustainable Textile Action for Networking and Development of circular economy business ventures in the Mediterranean, an EU-funded project under the ENI CBC Med Programme in 5 participating countries: Egypt, Italy, Lebanon, Spain, and Tunisia.
The projects were identified under two working groups:
- Group 1: innovators and entrepreneurs at the idea stage with at least a research study or early-stage projects in the textile, clothing, and fashion industries.
- Group 2: SMEs or existing organizations working on new sustainable and existing projects inside their organization and willing to turn the projects to independent entities in the form of spin-off in the textile, clothing and fashion industries.
Meet The 22 Projects
The selected 42 eco-innovative textile and fashion innovators will get the chance to build their capacities to secure investments and business opportunities and successfully take their project/business to market. The program will start with a capacity-building phase that will include training and workshops offered to the selected participants focusing on developing their Green Business Model, access to finance, access to market, and eco-design following the SwitchMed methodology.
Waste Studio specializes in creating unconventional urban bags, accessories, and furniture through prioritizing reused and recycled material in their designs.
Turn is a collective platform for developing sustainable solutions for the textile industry. They manage the donation of excess materials and stock from stakeholders to design schools and upcoming creators with the core value of creating a socially and environmentally conscious community of innovators, suppliers, and producers.
tiachriS is an interactive virtual fashion house that aims to sell online ethically made fashionable items to implement social change through an immersive virtual experience that will educate the consumer about sustainable living and spread awareness on the consequences of fast fashion.
Refibery aims to recycle pre-consumer textile waste issued from the manufacturing process into certified textiles geared towards exports.
Emergency Room is a sustainable ready-to-wear brand that challenges the fashion industry by placing environmentally friendly practices and the ethical treatment of garment workers at the core of their creative and production process.
LvPxAlSama is an upcycling and embroidery service that supports female artisans in Lebanon with regular and fair employment.
Goodkill is a fashion brand that aims to make an example and create a line of furniture, including cushions and sound isolation products from left-over raw textile materials in Lebanon.
Something New tackles waste of textiles after a single use in the bridal industry by extending the life cycle of worn once wedding dresses and upcycling damaged ones through an online marketplace with a simple buy and sell model for affordable 2nd hand gowns in collaboration with local in-need seamstresses.
La Boutique is designing a solution to be able to shift from a traditional linear economy through keeping resources in use for as long as possible, recover and reuse materials by collecting and upcycling secondhand clothing as well as recycling fabrics. Their main purpose is to offer a zero-waste wearable piece of art.
MMMBYJOEL has created a hand-knitted plastic bag to offer a zero-waste piece of art, part of their positive impact campaign to clean up Beirut’s plastic bag problem.
Klovr is a peer-to-peer marketplace for circular fashion where buying and selling sustainable clothes has been made easy and reliable.
Naked is working to provide 100% natural organic hemp fabric, made from the fiber waste of hemp plants, to be manufactured into a breathable, healthy, and eco-conscious clothing brand.
Bird Walk is a project for sustainable sneakers with a reforestation program. Designed and handmade in Lebanon, it tackles the waste and pollution problems in the footwear industry by using plant-based and recycled materials and responsible manufacturing processes.
The Butterfly Effect is an environmentally friendly textile innovation that addresses ocean and soil pollution from fashionable plastic and nylon, by upcycling leftover plant and flower waste and turning them into fabrics.
Sisters for the World have created a fashionable design of washable, affordable, leak-proof underwear made out of healthy, naturally absorbent, and eco-friendly material. The desired product is meant to replace expensive single-use and non-biodegradable menstrual pads, thereby helping end period poverty.
The Survival Kit provides a multifunctional product in one garment, which eliminates the need to produce several products separately as they are all combined in one, all while including the concept of upcycling, hence reducing fabric waste.
Recycling Household Textile and Cloth Waste is a project that consists of offering the consumers alternative, decent and affordable products such as mattresses, pet cushions, and thermal insulation materials, locally made by up-cycling and recycling cloth, textile, and fabric waste through an eco-friendly circular process.
Ferdinand is a clothing and accessory brand working in the respect of the environment and the people behind its making by using certified organic cotton and upcycling techniques.
The concept behind Bi Aman was inspired by the increased medical waste resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and by the need to help offset hospital and medical care costs for those unable to afford it. The project aims to up-cycle the personal protective equipment of the medical front-liners and to turn them into a collection of useful sustainable fashion accessories such as practical bags.
Reuzed is a sustainable brand dedicated to transforming plastic into athleisure garments. The mission of the brand is to raise awareness about the danger of plastic and ways to reuse it.
Lebamoz produces natural fibers and fabrics from banana pseudostems with a very low carbon footprint. It aims to partner up with Lebanese banana farmers and Loom operators to collect and process banana fibers from otherwise wasted/burnt trees.
Klakeesh is a project that recycles textile gadgets transforming them into unique, handmade, customizable gifts.