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Twyg is a not-for-profit company inspiring and supporting a modern, eco-conscious and forward-thinking lifestyle. We recognise the urgency of the climate crisis and play a part in the solution. Our work is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals focussing on SDG12, sustainable consumption and production patterns.

We create content about fashion, food and places that don’t harm the planet nor people.  We create bespoke experiences, workshops and campaigns in collaboration with like-minded organisations to inspire people to make sustainable, inclusive and ethical lifestyle choices.

The Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards were launched in July 2019.

SDG12

Our work is in line with the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 12, which aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production.

Founder and editor

Jackie May

Jackie May

Jackie has been working in big and medium-sized mainstream media organisations for more than 20 years. When she left her day job in mid 2017, she launched Twyg. At the core of the stories she publishes on her platform is a commitment to exploring ways we can live well now while ensuring a better future. When she’s not producing content for her site, she’s freelancing for newspapers and magazines. She is a graduate of Stellenbosch University, University of South Africa and University of London. She is currently studying sustainable development at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch. Jackie is based in Cape Town.

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Contributors

Catherine Del Monte

Catherine Del Monte

Writer

Catherine (Cath) is a journalism honours graduate with an enthusiasm for weaving together stories that educate, inform and inspire. Having been exposed to a range of journalistic beats throughout her honours year at Stellenbosch University, the topics that her stories come alive to include music, sustainable fashion, circular economy, and the environment. After completing an internship with South African music news platform, Texx and the City, Cath joined the Twyg team as an intern in 2020.

 

Nobanzi Sokhuthu

Nobanzi Sokhuthu

Intern

Nobanzi Sokhuthu was born in Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, surrounded by mountains and brightly coloured dwellings. Her childhood dreams of becoming a biochemist or a pilot diffused the reality of Nobanzi’s everyday struggles and motivated her to work hard. She has a college diploma in electronic engineering and worked as a teacher’s assistant before joining Afrika Tikkun skills development program. Through this program she acquired an internship with Twyg. She likes to challenge herself, nourish her curiosity and learn new skills. Nobanzi loves fashion, reading and watching movies.

 

Bekah Vogel

Bekah Vogel

Photographer

Bekah Vogel was found outside the Dora Nginza Public Hospital in Port Elizabeth and became one of the first children of colour to be legally adopted by a white family in South Africa. She picked up a camera at the age of 10 and has been taking photos ever since.  Bekah lived in ShenYang, China, for two years during which time felt a sense of urgency with regards to sustainable living. She has worked as the head creative contributor for Romanian advertising agency, MASProduction and currently creates content for brands such as Queen B Spritzers, MyBru App, and RoyalJuice.

 

Modupe  Oloruntoba

Modupe Oloruntoba

Columnist

After graduating from CPUT’s fashion design program, Modupe pursued opportunities in fashion media. She got hooked on the power of conversation, on enabling discovery and playing a part in engaging, effective storytelling. The fashion writer and content producer has now spent six years writing features and producing content for media and retail brands like Superbalist, Elle and Woolworths, and is also published on Vogue Arabia, Refinery29, Man Repeller, and Fashionista.com. Her monthly Twyg column explores sustainability in fashion.

 

Sarah Robyn Farrell

Sarah Robyn Farrell

Writer

Sarah is the creative director and founder of transparenCI, a creative agency that specialises in sustainability communications and works with ethical and responsible brands. Sarah is passionate about reducing her waste, and believes in the power of sustainability through collective action. In her spare time, Sarah is a writer and folk musician, writing songs that she hopes will catalyse environmental and social change.

 

Emma Jones-Phillipson

Emma Jones-Phillipson

Writer

After completing a masters in Public Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and witnessing the consumer excess of the ‘First World’, Emma returned to South Africa determined to counter casual throwaway culture and embrace living with care, conscience and conservation at heart. Raised by the needle and thread, and trained in ‘buying to last’, Emma now maintains an almost exclusively second-hand, vintage or locally produced capsule wardrobe and household. By day she works as an Environmental and Climate Change Consultant for C4 EcoSolutions, designing adaptation interventions for global climate finance projects.

 

Directors

Solange Rosa

Solange Rosa

Director

Solange Rosa is an independent consultant, Associate Faculty and Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (UCT). Her clients include Human Rights Watch, International Labour Organisation, Rockefeller Foundation, DG Murray Trust, and National Departments of Education and Economic Development. She teaches on Executive Education and MBA programmes at the UCT Graduate School of Business and the UCT School of Economics. She has a Doctorate in Law from the University of Stellenbosch and a Masters degree in Law from the University of Cape Town. 

Aaniyah Omardien

Aaniyah Omardien

Director

Aaniyah is the founder and director of The Beach Co-op, a not-for-profit company on a mission to eliminate, reuse, redesign and recycle single-use plastic, which often lands up in our oceans and on our beaches. Throughout her career, Aaniyah has focused on connecting people to nature. Before founding the Beach Co-op, she spent a few years nurturing a young family. Preceding that, she worked for WWF SA for almost a decade where she helped launch and manage their marine programme. She has since consulted to WWF on consumer and restaurant engagement with single-use plastics.

Gary Cotterell

Gary Cotterell

Director

Gary is an interdisciplinary creative director, product designer and published writer based in Cape Town. He was the founding editor and creative director of Wanted, Business Day’s multiple award-winning luxury lifestyle magazine, and Elle Decor South Africa’s first editor-at-large. When he is not designing or collaborating with talented local artisans, Gary is the editor-at-large for Wanted and the Sunday Times focusing on horology, classic cars, art, design and sustainable design practices. With an earlier career as an architect in London followed by product designing and manufacturing, he not only has an appreciation for good design but an understanding of the production processes involved for best possible practice. 

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