Develop innovative and sustainable products by repurposing textile waste.
SKAFF is a leader in Lebanon in the field of decorative fabrics. Founded in 1965 by Georges Skaff, the family owned and run business has evolved to include a full range of home decoration products, including textiles, wallpaper, furniture, and home accessories. SKAFF has grown as a result of a passion that has been passed on from generation to generation.
Since the fashion for fabrics is always changing around the world, SKAFF, as a fabric store, found itself with a large stock of fabrics that are no longer in style. In addition, SKAFF is launching this challenge in an effort to reduce fabric waste, conserve resources, and reduce energy and water use, by increasing the lifespan of the fabric, and fostering innovation and creativity as it strives to become a more circular and sustainable firm. SKAFF is open to any idea or solution that has a positive influence on the environment and human well-being.
SKAFF is looking to collaborate with a Lebanese startup/ venture/ entrepreneur to develop new products coming from textile waste. The fabric waste is made up of cutting waste, fabric samples, bulky catalogs, old stock, and around 120 kg of waste every week, which is equal to around 5,760 kg of waste per year.
SKAFF will be offering the winning startup access to its workshop with upholstery/sewing tools and knitting machines, access to the warehouse and any other space available in the headquarters in Mkalles, as well as the chance to open a Pop-up Store there to sell the startup’s products!
If you are a Lebanese early and growth stage venture in the textile and clothing sector or a Lebanese independent entrepreneur offering a potential innovative solution to the challenge, head to The Switchers’ Open-Eco Innovation Platform, create an account, and ‘Submit a new idea’.
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Feel free to attach any document that can give us a clearer idea about the innovative solution and how you are planning to implement it.
The challenge is launched by SKAFF in collaboration with Berytech in the framework of the STAND Up! Project, an ENICBC Med funded project that aims to enhance scalable, replicable, and inclusive circular economy ventures in the Mediterranean by developing an ecosystem of business support, innovation, and technology transfer leading to sustainable job creation for youth and women and the agreements between innovators/academy and entrepreneurs/SMEs by means of the available platforms.