Upcycling: The Solution to Waste Generation

Introduction The world is seeing a lot of innovations with regard to the growing threat of climate change and socio-environmental damage in favour of profits. One such innovation, aimed at reducing the impact of waste on natural resources, is Upcycling. This article will focus on one woman making a difference in this regard, Winnie McHenry. …

When Sustainable Innovation meets Culture.

“For this article we look at the work of Thando Simelane and Katlego Tsoagong, two young sustainable innovators making use of pre-existing sneaker soles and cultural influences to design their version of Air Imbadada. Imbadada are sandals made from cut-up tyres typically worn by people of the Zulu culture, but also revered across the country.”

Blended Textile Separation (Hydrothermal Treatment)

Introduction Population growth and rapid changes in fashion trends are causing major textile waste concerns. Recent studies show that fashion alone generates at least 39 million tonnes of waste every year, with only 15% being recycled post-consumption. Fashion recycling is essential for the achievement of a circular economy by preserving and conserving natural resources, and …

why don’t you intend to?

Part of sustaining a consumerist society is convincing people that they need new clothes/ products every season. This type of thinking is perpetuated by businesses who appeal to our cultural and psychological needs. We form our identities and creativity based on these prompts we get every time a new product is released on the market. …