31 of 2019

           Newsletter No. 31                                                     16 August 2019


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PETCO Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards show green is the new black

True to its ethical mandate of seeking new opportunities to support entrepreneurs in South Africa’s circular economy, the PET Plastic Recycling Company (PETCO) has come on board as sponsor of the inaugural Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards, which are open for nominations until August 18.

The eight award categories* are aimed at recognising South African designers who have adopted a sustainable design approach and fostered ethical practices in the fashion industry.

Aside from the student award, all nominees must have been in business for at least one year and be able to demonstrate ethical labour practice and transparency in practices and sourcing.

The platform provides winners with the opportunity to raise their business profile through recognition from industry peers and media exposure around the awards.

The judging panel includes Superbalist head of content Kelly Fung, University of Johannesburg fashion design academic Dr Desiree Smal, Fashion Revolution South Africa coordinator Cyril Naicker, Durban University of Technology lecturer Fezile Mdletshe-Mkhize, and Aaniyah Omardien, founder of The Beach Co-op, an NGO focused on changing consumer behaviour through clean-up activations.

Judging takes place in the first week of September and the category winners will be announced at an awards evening in Cape Town on Thursday 19 September 2019.

PETCO stakeholder relations manager Janine Osborne said the organisation is proud to support the efforts of non-profit organisations such as Twyg to create platforms that encourage sustainable living.

“Our greatest asset is the remarkable network of partners we work with every day to achieve our recycling and sustainability goals,” said Osborne, adding that R1.2 billion was injected into South Africa’s downstream economy last year from the designing, manufacturing and distribution of products made from recycled PET plastic.

She said the value of PET plastic as circular material drove the sector’s approach to waste management, with PETCO’s model underpinning industry-driven and financed “cradle to cradle” packaging solutions.

“PET bottles are made from one of the few polymers that can be recycled into the same form – and they can also be recycled into polyester fibre which is used in a wide range of textiles for clothing, household goods and industrial purposes.”

Twyg founder Jackie May said she was grateful for PETCO’s support of the inaugural fashion awards.

“We salute their continued efforts of imposing accountability over the entire life cycle of PET products and packaging. Sustainability is complex and achieving 100% sustainability is an on-going and shared commitment,” said May.

“Our work supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12: sustainable consumption and production, especially in the fashion industry. By acknowledging changemakers in fashion, Twyg highlights what the industry is capable of achieving, and shows its support of conscious fashion in a very complex industry.”

May said calls for a sustainable approach to a greener future in the fashion industry had become overwhelming, with top UK designer Stella McCartney launching the UN Sustainable Fashion Industry Charter for Climate in December 2018.

“The Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards aim to create awareness around this issue and showcase the impact designers have had on the fashion industry of the SADC region.”

Twyg partners at Fashion Revolution, Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) and SA Fashion Week will choose finalists, while the panel of judges will select the final winners.

For more information on the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards’ categories and to submit nominations, visit www.twyg.co.za.

Award categories include:

Innovative Design and Materials; Trans-seasonal Fashion Award; Sustainable Accessory Award; Sustainable Fashion Influencer; Sustainable Retail Award; Student Award; Nicholas Coutts Award; and the Change-maker Award.  RNEWS

Seaqual and Seacell, new eco-friendly fibres

We cannot say it enough, fast-fashion is one of the most harmful causes of pollution on the planet. A statement that researchers and designers are facing up to and creating new innovative, biodegradable and natural textiles, like these two newbies originating from the depths of our oceans, Seaqual and Seacell.

Designed to channel the nearly 12 million tonnes of waste to be found in the oceans, the Seaqual concept makes it possible to create polyester fibres from plastics harvested from the Mediterranean by fishermen.

Once cleaned and processed, these recycled fibres can also be mixed with natural fibres or used as they are for a variety of applications. Ready-to-wear, sportswear and even textiles for the automotive sector: anything is possible!

Using this type of textile, similar to conventional polyester, can reduce water consumption by 40%, energy by 50% and greenhouse emissions by 60%. Even the finishes and dyes used with it are guaranteed to be environmentally friendly.

A sustainable and eco-friendly option that has already attracted many producers in the textile market, including Lemar, Textil Santandernia, A Sampaio and Sofileta, which use Seaqual in a variety of colours, textures and prints. Moreover, Seaqual recently collaborated with American label Gant to design a pair of naturally breathable trainers made of recycled plastic waste.

While Seaquel recycles plastic waste in the oceans, Seacell uses another marine resource: brown algae. Known as Ascophyllum nodossum, these aquatic plants can be mixed with cellulose, a form of wood pulp, to form a textile fibre, a raw material for clothing and other ready-to-wear pieces that can significantly save water and energy.

In addition, this new material boasts significant benefits for our health: algae contains nutrients that slow down ageing, reduce skin damage, prevent odours and protect our bodies from bacteria. So many qualities that make it an ideal material for underwear and ready-to-wear for children.

Named “sustainable development technology” of the year by the European Union Environmental Award, Seacell has already been developed by the Italian supplier Tintex and had been adopted by brands such as Truly in the UK and FTC Cashmere in Germany.  Promostyl

GIZ targets 5000 leather, garment units in Nigeria’s Aba

The German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) recently announced plans to develop about 5,000 leather and garment businesses in Aba, the commercial hub of Nigeria’s Abia state, support them in building their entrepreneurship capacity and skills, according to GIZ access to finance advisor Yakubu Paiko.

Paiko said GIZ is responsible for the implementation of a four-year European Union-funded programme called Nigerian Competitiveness Project, aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of some selected product value-chains across seven states in Nigeria.

The value chains GIZ will improve within Nigeria are tomato, chilli pepper, ginger, leather and garment. In Aba, it will just focus on the leather and garment sectors, Paiko told a news agency.

GIZ will introduce the Aba-based companies to technology that will improve their productivity and production capacity, and link them to markets.

He said although they had no money to lend the businesses, they were bringing together key stakeholders like the Central Bank of Nigeria, Bank of Industry and commercial banks to give loans to the businesses.  F2F

Did you know……..

1930s Fashion: What did people wear?

Greta Garbo popularized the windblown look, with her side-parted hair, while Joan Crawford embraced the puffed sleeves, which emphasized her slim waist. Jean Harlow strutted her stuff in slinky halter tops and evening gowns.

Thick, clinging fabrics are enormously popular. The gradual broadening of the shoulders lead to three-inch shoulder pads; found even in night gowns.

Makeup emphasizes angularity. In 1930, most every woman owns a close-up mirror to pencil in well-plucked eyebrows and to apply black mascara and eye shadow. The curling iron was another fashion necessity

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