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Greening the global textile value chain
Greening the global textile value chainArticle

Kutay Saritosun is a textile engineer and sustainability aficionado dedicated to educating companies on producing more environmentally responsible products...

Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Apr 2021

Vans sets out global sustainability goals to achieve by 2030
Vans sets out global sustainability goals to achieve by 2030Article

Vans will move towards creating circular products and systems that use regenerative and recycled materials, designed to reduce waste and keep products in use and out of landfills...

22 Apr 2021

They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic Ocean
They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic OceanArticle

In a new study published in Nature Communications, my colleagues and I find a stark confirmation that microplastics are found throughout the Arctic Ocean...

Peter S. Ross 1 Feb 2021

Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashion
Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashionArticle

With many shops closed due to pandemic restrictions, Black Friday 2020 might have looked different from the frantic buying sprees of years past. But one thing remained the same: the relentless pace of fast fashion...

17 Dec 2020

Textile Exchange's Benchmark programme to cover nature impacts for the first time
Textile Exchange's Benchmark programme to cover nature impacts for the first timeArticle

Created in partnership with Conservation International and The Biodiversity Consultancy, with support from corporate partner Sappi, the Biodiversity Benchmark provides a roadmap for companies to understand their impacts on nature and to deliver positive outcomes...

Issued by Sappi 4 Dec 2020

Webinar: Post-pandemic opportunities in packaging
Webinar: Post-pandemic opportunities in packagingArticle

Industry-expert panellists shared insights around the latest packaging trends and technologies at the recent Propak Cape Connect 'Opportunities in Packaging in the New Normal' webinar...

3 Nov 2020

The war against plastic is distracting us from pollution that cannot be seen
The war against plastic is distracting us from pollution that cannot be seenArticle

The war against plastic may be overshadowing greater threats to the environment...

Thomas Stanton, Matthew Johnson and Paul Kay 27 Oct 2020

'Plastic-free' fashion is not as clean or green as it seems
'Plastic-free' fashion is not as clean or green as it seemsArticle

The fashion industry has seen a rise in "green", "eco" and "sustainable" clothing. This includes an increase in the use of natural fibres, such as wool, hemp, and cotton...

Thomas Stanton and Kieran Phelan 22 Oct 2020

L'Oréal announces winners of Beauty Tech for Good Challenge
L'Oréal announces winners of Beauty Tech for Good ChallengeArticle

The international competition recognises the most innovative startups supporting responsible, sustainable and inclusive beauty...

14 Oct 2020

Why microplastics found in Nigeria's freshwaters raise a red flag
Why microplastics found in Nigeria's freshwaters raise a red flagArticle

One of the biggest stresses on freshwater ecosystems is the presence of plastics. Some microplastics - tiny pieces of plastic that have broken down from bigger pieces - get into water from various sources...

Emmanuel O. Akindele 14 Oct 2020

Adidas x Parley partnership renews commitment to fighting plastic pollution
Adidas x Parley partnership renews commitment to fighting plastic pollutionArticle

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have marked the fifth anniversary of their partnership, focused on addressing the global plastic crisis and its contribution to marine pollution...

2 Jul 2020

62% of PET plastic beverage bottles produced in SA in 2019 recycled - PETCO
62% of PET plastic beverage bottles produced in SA in 2019 recycled - PETCOArticle

According to new statistics released by the PET Recycling Company (PETCO), which is the producer responsibility organisation for the sector, 62% of all polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic beverage bottles placed on the market in 2019 have been recycled...

2 Jul 2020

CSIR finds reusable plastic carrier bags best - provided consumers reuse them
CSIR finds reusable plastic carrier bags best - provided consumers reuse themArticle

The recently released results from a life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) of grocery carrier bags in South Africa shows that reusable plastic carrier bags are the best option...

19 Jun 2020

Woolies winter wear incorporates textiles made from recycled PET bottles
Woolies winter wear incorporates textiles made from recycled PET bottlesArticle

Woolworths has diverted over a million 500ml PET bottles from waste streams and recycled them into polyester materials to be used in some of the retailer's 2020 winter fashion ranges...

3 Jun 2020

AFI partners with local fashion designers on mask production
AFI partners with local fashion designers on mask productionArticle

To ensure that local fashion businesses continue to operate during the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, African Fashion International (AFI) has partnered with local designers in the production of facemasks...

4 May 2020

Is the dress green or red? Planet-friendly couture won't be for everyone but it can lead the way
Is the dress green or red? Planet-friendly couture won't be for everyone but it can lead the wayArticle

Jane Fonda hit the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony in a beaded red dress by Elie Saab - a gown she had previously worn at Cannes....

Mark Liu 14 Feb 2020

Cape Town to host SA's first Biodegradable Festival
Cape Town to host SA's first Biodegradable FestivalArticle

SA's first Biodegradable Festival will take place Saturday, 29 February, at De Waal Park in Cape Town...

6 Feb 2020

#BizTrends2020: Fashion won't be sustainable until consumers are educated
#BizTrends2020: Fashion won't be sustainable until consumers are educatedArticle

If you're wondering if sustainable fashion really does exist in South Africa, the answer is yes, but only on a small scale...

Emma Longden 15 Jan 2020

New survey: Most South Africans find recycling too much effort
New survey: Most South Africans find recycling too much effortArticle

According to the results of a new survey run by PETCO, the majority of working and middle-class South Africans find recycling too much effort...

11 Dec 2019

PETCO releases definitive guide to recyclable packaging design
PETCO releases definitive guide to recyclable packaging designArticle

To facilitate efforts by companies to think about their product packaging with reuse and recycling in mind, the PET Plastic Recycling Company (PETCO) has released a definitive guide to packaging design...

9 Oct 2019

From bottle to bag: Nationwide roll-out of PnP bags made from recycled plastic
From bottle to bag: Nationwide roll-out of PnP bags made from recycled plasticArticle

In line with Pick n Pay's plastic waste reduction initiatives, the retailer is rolling out a new, affordable reusable bag made from recycled plastic waste, which will be replaced by Pick n Pay for free...

20 Sep 2019

Could fungi save the fashion world?
Could fungi save the fashion world?Article

Environmental action group Extinction Rebellion is disrupting London Fashion Week to highlight the harms of throwaway culture and the concurrent climate emergency that the clothing market contributes to...

Sam Vettese and Ian Singleton 13 Sep 2019

'Made in Van Phuc': How place identity can help artisans survive in a globalised world
'Made in Van Phuc': How place identity can help artisans survive in a globalised worldArticle

The identity of luxury goods firms is often anchored in the creativity and skill of the artisans behind the objects. A case in point is Hermès, where workers spend years learning to work with precious materials such as leather and silk...

Hung M. Nguyen and Marcos Barros 15 Jul 2019

Vertical stripes and a new take on check at Acne Studios. Image credit: Acne Studios
#SourceAfrica2019: What's trending for menswear in S/S 2020?Article

WGSN fashion and beauty editor Polly Walters recently summarised the season's key colours, patterns, items and more at the Source Africa in Cape Town...

Maroefah Smith 20 Jun 2019

Looks from Kim Jones's debut summer collection at Dior.
#SourceAfrica2019: WGSN's 6 key strategies for developing S/S 2020 collectionsArticle

WGSN editor and trend feed curator Polly Walters presented the company's trend forecast for spring/summer 2020 at the recent Source Africa in Cape Town...

Maroefah Smith 18 Jun 2019

Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now
Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help nowArticle

Fashion shouldn't cost lives and it shouldn't cost us our planet. Yet this is what is happening today. Globalisation, fast fashion, economies of scale, social media and offshore production have created a perfect storm...

Anika Kozlowski 26 Apr 2019

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Puma to launch a sustainable sportswear collection with First MileArticle

Puma and First Mile will launch a sustainable sportswear collection by collecting plastic bottles to produce recycled polyester...

2 Apr 2019

5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 years
5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 yearsArticle

IBM has revealed the five significant changes driven by innovation in science and technology that will transform every stage of the food supply chain within the next five years...

14 Feb 2019

PG Bison opts for locally sourced, sustainable rPET strapping
PG Bison opts for locally sourced, sustainable rPET strappingArticle

Wood-based product manufacturer PG Bison will now use only locally sourced and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) strapping...

6 Feb 2019

Woolworths apologises for copycat Ubuntu Baba carrier
Woolworths apologises for copycat Ubuntu Baba carrierArticle

Woolworths has removed a line of baby carriers from its shelves following a meeting with Cape Town entrepreneur Shannon McLaughlin, who claimed the retailer had copied the design of her Ubuntu Baba carrier...

9 Jan 2019

Woolworths accused of copying baby carrier design
Woolworths accused of copying baby carrier designArticle

Woolworths has once again been accused of plagiarising the product design of a smaller business. This time, the item in question is a Woolworths baby carrier, which entrepreneur Shannon McLaughlin claims is a copy...

9 Jan 2019

Local entrepreneur 3D prints cups from biodegradable materials
Local entrepreneur 3D prints cups from biodegradable materialsArticle

A biodegradable cup made from sugarcane and corn-starch is set to launch locally in May this year...

8 Jan 2019

#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion
#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashionArticle

With a quick-throwaway culture defining the fast fashion era, investing in quality, handcrafted goods that are designed to last is one way consumers can shop more sustainably...

Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Nov 2018

Sappi launches Verve - sustainable dissolving wood pulp for a thriving world
Sappi launches Verve - sustainable dissolving wood pulp for a thriving worldArticle

Demand for dissolving wood pulp continues to grow as consumer preference increases for products made from renewable, sustainably sourced and processed woodfibre...

Issued by Sappi 9 Oct 2018

The best way to purchase your first car
The best way to purchase your first carArticle

Your first vehicle purchase is an exciting milestone in your life...

David Porteous 4 Oct 2018

H&M Foundation drives circular fashion through textile recycling facilities
H&M Foundation drives circular fashion through textile recycling facilitiesArticle

As part of H&M's mission to become "truly circular" by 2030, its charitable arm, the H&M Foundation, has opened two hydrothermal textile recycling plants in Hong Kong...

19 Sep 2018

Scientists are developing greener plastics - the bigger challenge is moving them from lab to market
Scientists are developing greener plastics - the bigger challenge is moving them from lab to marketArticle

Synthetic plastics have made many aspect of modern life cheaper, safer and more convenient. However, we have failed to figure out how to get rid of them...

Richard Gross 17 Aug 2018

Clothing rental could be the key to a stylishly sustainable fashion industry
Clothing rental could be the key to a stylishly sustainable fashion industryArticle

A staggering 235m items of unwanted clothing were forecast to be dumped in UK landfill in 2017, while the average American is estimated to bin 81lb (37kg) of used clothing annually...

Naomi Braithwaite 8 Aug 2018

The 2018 Cannes Lions Print & Publishing Lions Grand Prix went to Brazil's Africa Sao Paolo for AB InBev Budweiser's 'Tagwords.'
#CannesLions2018: Print & Publishing Lions winners!Article

The 65th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity continued on 19 June with the 2018 Cannes Print & Publishing Lions announced during the Communication award ceremony, with SA bringing home two silver wins...

19 Jun 2018

Cannes Outdoor Lions Grand Prix winner: The Daily Show Presents: The Donald J Trump Twitter Library.
#CannesLions2018: Outdoor Lions winners!Article

The 65th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity continued on 19 June with the 2018 Cannes Outdoor Lions announced during the Communication award ceremony...

19 Jun 2018

Dr Tony Ribbink, Sustainable Seas Trust CEO
Tackling the plastic waste problem in AfricaArticle

Africa has the dubious honour of being the second most polluted continent on the planet, and therefore must take both the responsibility and opportunity to pioneer world-leading waste management methods...

11 Jun 2018

Payatas dumpsite, Metro Manila, Philippines. Image by Kounos, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Here are the top 10 battles for environmental justice from around the worldArticle

Environmental justice activism is to this age what the workers' movement was for the industrial age...

Julie Snorek 4 Jun 2018

How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem
How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problemArticle

Plastics are incredibly useful materials with extremely diverse properties, allowing a multitude of different applications that benefit our lives...

James William Comerford 26 Feb 2018

#Newsmaker: Grant Sithole joins Avatar as joint ECD
#Newsmaker: Grant Sithole joins Avatar as joint ECDArticle

It was announced earlier this week that Grant Sithole, a former creative partner at Bakone, has been appointed to join Avatar as joint ECD alongside Brett Wild...

Jessica Tennant 15 Dec 2017

Polyester could slip on banana peel of green fashion
Polyester could slip on banana peel of green fashionArticle

For decades after polyester's invention in the 1940s, there wasn't much exciting innovation in the fibres used in the world's textiles. Until now...

Jackie May 14 Dec 2017

#SAFW: Woolworths reveals sustainable capsule collection
#SAFW: Woolworths reveals sustainable capsule collectionArticle

Woolworths placed the spotlight on sustainable fashion at this year's SA Fashion Week with the launch of a sustainable capsule collection...

25 Oct 2017

Can technology help fashion clean up its act?
Can technology help fashion clean up its act?Article

Chemical waste, mass production and consumerism are all byproducts of an industrialised global economy...

Suzanne Mancini 19 Oct 2017

#YouthMonth: Fashion brand Jota-Kena's young, conscious co-founders
#YouthMonth: Fashion brand Jota-Kena's young, conscious co-foundersArticle

Cape Town-based 'slow fashion' brand Jota-Kena recently released its AW17 collection, which combines a colour palette reminiscent of the 1970's...

Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Jun 2017

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