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Q&A: Artist Victor Ehikhamenor confronts environmental pollution and other hot topics
Nigerian contemporary African artist, Victor Ehikhamenor is influenced by “culture and life” and is unafraid to explore current issues.  Victor’s formative years were guided by his 87-year-old uncle, one of ...
Tips For Virus-Proofing Your Small Business
The Covid-19 crisis has had devastating consequences both socially and economically. As the number of lockdown days grow in South Africa, so too do the queues of the unemployed and ...
Can we rebuild South Africa’s clothing and textile industry one mask at a time?
The South African clothing and textile industry responded swiftly to COVID-19 to protect workers, and many businesses are making personal protective gear. Is this enough to sustain a struggling sector? ...
What a sustainable circular economy would look like
by Anne Velenturf and Phil Purnell More than 100 billion tonnes of materials entered the global economy in 2017 to generate power, build infrastructure and homes, produce food, and provide ...
Unpacking secondhand clothes in Africa
The sale of used clothing is a billion-dollar global industry. According to some estimates, almost 70% of garments that are donated globally end up on the African continent. This happens through a ...
5 Textiles You Could Wear Soon
It’s not only clothing, but textiles too, that have supply chains and an ecological impact on the planet. For this reason,  the platform for fabric innovation, The Sustainable Angle, has ...
Dana Thomas: Are sewing robots good or bad for the fashion industry?
We’re familiar with the negative impact of the industry, but what about the potential solutions? In this  extract from Fashionopolis Dana Thomas explores the pros and cons of sewbots.  I have heard ...
How you can support our waste reclaiming and recycling heroes
Reclaimers have been excluded from the list of essential services. As result these people, an integral part of our municipal waste management system, are barred from earning a living. Waste ...
Covid-19: Textile industry agrees on temporary relief for employees
Regulations giving effect to the government’s commitment to assist ailing industries and workers through the Unemployment Insurance Fund are being gazetted. The first agreement, gazetted on Tuesday, is between the ...
It’s time to sew masks
Finally, general opinion, informed by a growing number of experts and virologists, is in favour of wearing face masks. The question whether to mask or not has led to increasingly ...
Lockdown blog: Fashion insiders share their stories
For 21 days, we’re keeping a running blog with advice and comments from our community. What support can you offer? What are your hopes? What are your fears? Join the ...
21 essential things to do during lockdown
So much time, so much to do… where should you start? We’ve spent the last two days compiling this list for you.  Whatever you choose, do it gently and kindly.  ...
The best design mentor in the world is not human
There is only one designer that has mastered the art of sustainability and does so without creating waste. That designer is nature. And, now after making a mess of nature, ...
Meet the storytellers exploring the future of circular design in Africa
We’ve gathered six southern-African storytellers in Cape Town for the first stage of their Design Futures storytelling project. In December we put out a call for entries and a few weeks ...
Expert says fashion weeks represent an industry unwilling to change
As the new season of fashion weeks kicks off, we publish an opinion by head of Ethical fashion Initiative, Simone Cipriani, who believes that fashion weeks represent an industry unwilling ...

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