Hello

Twyg is pronounced twig which means “a new branch or shoot” or “getting wise”. Both these meanings are appropriate for the work we do. We create content, events and campaigns to promote a way of being that is sustainable, circular, regenerative, caring and ethical. We interface with consumers and producers to promote SDG12. We create digital content to inform, inspire and educate. Our stories feature people and products that don’t harm the planet nor people. We also create bespoke experiences, workshops and campaigns in collaboration with like-minded organisations.

We launched the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards in 2019 to celebrate designers who use sustainable practices and to promote their work to consumers.

Change is happening. Time is limited. We have to reduce inequality, poverty and carbon missions fast. The time to do this is now. We’re cognisant of this urgency that’s why our work supports positive change.

Twyg is a not-for-profit company. Registration number: 2019 / 056796 / 08.

SDG12

We work within the framework of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals and with the knowledge from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 12 that we have until 2030 to reduce our impact on the planet. We are particularly focussed on the SDG12 which aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production. Read our manifesto here.

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 graduated with a postgraduate diploma in sustainable development from the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch in 2020. Jackie is based in Cape Town.

jackie@twyg.co.za

Contributors

Binwe Adebayo

Binwe Adebayo

Senior Writer

Binwe Adebayo is an internationally-published culture writer, content strategist and Mellon Foundation Media Studies Scholar with an MA from Rhodes University, South Africa. Binwe is the founder and director of pan-African creative studio and talent agency Baby Mogul, which provides creative talents and brands with high level, ethical service in brand collaborations and influencer projects. She is interested in politics, power and pop culture and writes about art, film, books, big and small screens, and design. Binwe will soon be taking up a place at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2022 to further her studies in Media Studies and Communications.

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.
Nobanzi Sokhuthu

Nobanzi Sokhuthu

Junior content creator

Nobanzi Sokhuthu was born in Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, surrounded by mountains and brightly coloured dwellings. Her childhood dream of becoming a biochemist or a pilot were diffused by the reality of Nobanzi’s everyday struggles which 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.

 

Emma Jones-Phillipson

Emma Jones-Phillipson

Writer and thinking partner

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, designing adaptation interventions for global climate finance projects.

 

Nabeela Karm

Nabeela Karm

Junior Writer

Nabeela Karim has always been drawn to the stories that exist around her and storytelling’s ability to connect us. Her love of fashion and the stories that items of clothing hold, exposed her to the dark industry of fast fashion. She has since grown a passion for human rights and environmental justice.
Nabeela is currently studying at the University of Cape Town, completing her undergraduate degree in English literature. She hopes to continue advocating for sustainability and social justice through writing and storytelling.
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Ky Bxshxff

Contributing Fashion Editor

Ky is a Cape Town-based mythmaker and multi-hyphenate, working in fashion, film and phrasing. They create mythologies which seek to re-interpret the past as a way to re-imagine a possible future, working as a creative director, stylist and fashion writer, wordsmith and filmmaker. Their directorial debut and the first in a series, CABIN FEVER, was released in 2020. Their contributions to Twyg are as much about unlearning what’s problematic as they are about learning solutions for community-based living that’s built on a foundation of sustainability (beyond the buzzword). Ky’s work asks only one thing: that you look at the future with clear eyes: not what is or what has always been; but what should be and what can be. Where to from here? Let’s work that out together! 

Directors

Solange Rosa

Solange Rosa

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.
Tshepo Bhengu

Tshepo Bhengu

Tshepo Bhengu is the co-founder and the chief of operations of The Rewoven Company, a textile business pioneering the future of textile production in South Africa. Rewoven’s vision is to recycle textile waste and manufacture 100% recycled fabrics. Tshepo is also the co-founder and director of Future of Fashion, a two-day indaba in South Africa that provides a platform for key stakeholders in the clothing industry to collaboratively learn and share solutions that can contribute to the development of a thriving, ethical, and future-fit African fashion industry. Tshepo strives to lead responsibly towards creating sustainable solutions that will contribute towards the environment and a society with an improved sense of well-being. Tshepo holds a BCom degree in Financial Accounting from the University of Cape Town.

 

Aaniyah Omardien

Aaniyah Omardien

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

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. 

Our work is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 12, which aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production. Read More