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    New Barbie collection made using recycled ocean-bound plastic

    The launch forms part of Mattel's goal to achieve 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials across all its products and packaging by 2030...

    11 Jun 2021

    From apprentice to fashion icon: Ivory Coast's Pathe'O, 50 years on

    Pathe'O is celebrating a 50-year career during which his signature casual shirts and dresses in vibrant African prints have graced the shoulders of celebrities and political luminaries including Nelson Mandela...

    By Loucoumane Coulibaly, Bate Felix and John Stonestreet 7 Jun 2021

    The history of sneakers: From commodity to cultural icon

    From sportswear and street style to catwalk fashion, sneakers have made their mark as cultural commodities...

    By Naomi Braithwaite 3 Jun 2021

    Fashionscapes: A Living Wage highlights plight of garment workers

    The documentary combines the voices of garment workers with legal professionals who are working together to argue for the first EU legislation to ensure garment workers receive a living wage...

    28 Apr 2021

    Greening the global textile value chain

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

    By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Apr 2021

    Rotary Africa event to unpack sustainable development of fashion and textiles

    The topic of sustainable textile development will be discussed by a panel at the upcoming Zone 22 Rotary Africa Centennial International Conference...

    14 Apr 2021

    SA's Lukhanyo Mdingi nabs spot on 2021 LVMH Prize shortlist

    Lukhanyo Mdingi is among the 20 designers from around the globe selected as semi-finalists for the 2021 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers...

    1 Apr 2021

    Kenyan eco-friendly footwear brand wins sustainable design contest

    Women-led Kenyan design house wins Fashionomics Africa sustainable design competition for turning fruit waste into eco-friendly footwear...

    30 Mar 2021

    Many African countries had a surprise manufacturing surge in 2010s - it bodes well for the years ahead

    Until the 2000s, Sub-Saharan Africa was de-industrialising: the mood was gloomy as the little manufacturing activity that did exist was disappearing. But the trend has reversed...

    By Gaaitzen de Vries, Emmanuel B Mensah, Hagen Kruse and Kunal Sen 2 Mar 2021

    Made in Africa conference aims to drive Pan-African prosperity

    The inaugural Made in Africa Conference and Expo, a large virtual gathering and showcase for African buyers and sellers, will take place on 13 and 14 April...

    26 Feb 2021

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

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

    By Peter S. Ross 1 Feb 2021

    Ethnic conflict could unravel Ethiopia's valuable garment industry

    Ethiopia has long been considered one of Africa's economic wunderkinds. But for the past two months, violent conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region fuelled by ethnic power politics has threatened the country's stability...

    By Dorothee Baumann-Pauly 21 Jan 2021

    #BizTrends2021: Recalibrating for diminished growth - resolutions for 2021

    Despite the dissemination of vaccines in the months ahead, a larger portion of consumer spending will be impacted by recessionary conditions...

    By Ailsa Wingfield 11 Jan 2021

    African entrepreneurs called to enter sustainable fashion competition

    The African Development Bank's Fashionomics Africa initiative has launched an online competition to support designers of sustainable and circular fashion...

    15 Dec 2020



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