Africa

Ahead of Ban on Used Clothing Imports, Tanzania Trains Youths to Sew

Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash As East Africa braces itself for a looming ban on imported secondhand clothes and shoes, Tanzania’s government is kick-starting an initiative to…

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Studio One Eighty Nine, Yoox Team Up on Ethical Fashion Line

MADE IN GHANA Because of the handcrafted nature of the garments, no two are alike. Dawson and Erwiah said they challenged the artisans to move beyond the bounds of their experience…

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This is What 105 Tons of Ivory Going Up in Flames Looks Like

Photos by Ben Curtis for Associated Press Kenya just made a statement on illegal poaching that the world won’t soon forget. At a ceremony in Nairobi National Park on Saturday,…

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Demestiks New York is Sticking to Manhattan's Garment District

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jul 13, 2014 at 4:50pm PDT How did you become interesting in creating clothes for women? I just love the diverse range of styles and beauty in…

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31 Bits: Exquisite Recycled Paper Jewelry, Made by Ugandan Artisans

PAPER CHASERS The artisans behind 31 Bits repurpose paper from posters, advertisements, and even textbook pages, which they tear into long strips, roll into tight beads, and then coat…

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Ethical Fashion Initiative to Train Asylum Seekers for Italy's Textile Trade

FASHION FOR GOOD “Africa is one of today’s creative poles and this show proves that African designers speak about art, life, and innovation,” Cipriani said in a statement…

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Top 7 Eco-Fashion Milestones of 2015 (Vote for Most Game-Changing)

Feeling nostalgic? Skip back a year for 10 of the most revolutionary eco-fashion stories of 2014… …

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BeGirl's Menstrual Undies, Pads Could Help African Girls Stay in School

HELPING GIRLS Although there are plenty of reusable products in the wild, including fabric sanitary napkins or silicone cups, context is key, according to Sierra. “Many reusable…

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Haunting "Trashion" Gowns Illustrate Senegal's Pollution Problem

FUTURE IMPERFECT “When you travel in any region of Senegal, the first thing you notice is dumped plastic everywhere,” Monteiro says in a behind-the-scenes video. “And…

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Wildlife Works Becomes Africa's First Carbon-Neutral, Fair-Trade Factory

FASHION FOR CONSERVATION But Wildlife Works is more than a purveyor of clothing. Its REDD+ initiative uses the sale of carbon-offset credits to safeguard more than 500,000 acres of…

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EDUN, J.Crew Crewcuts Collaborate on African-Made Childrenswear

EDUN JR. Sherman credits St. Ann’s, which she describes as a “very special place,” for motivating the partnership in the first place. The orphanage abuts one of the…

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Inspired by Africa, Talented's Ethical Totes Help Fight Ebola Threat

It’s easy to fall into stereotypes regarding Africa. A new line of totes by British label Talented, however, seeks to remind the West of the continent’s richness, diversity,…

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VIDEO: Stella McCartney's Kenya-Made Bags Promote Ethics, Dignity

NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK “Throughout our supply chain, we work to ensure that people producing our goods are treated and paid fairly,” McCartney says in a voiceover.…

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Mayamiko Recycles Italian Fabric Offcuts Into Fair-Trade Clothing

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Most of us are familiar with the expression, but Paola Masperi of Mayamiko brought refreshing new meaning to an arguably tired…

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H&M, Swedfund to Develop a "Responsible" Ethiopian Textile Industry

Photo by Vytautas Kielaitis/Shutterstock H&M has its eye on Africa. It’s not the only one, either. Swedfund, a state-owned risk-capital firm that specializes in emerging…

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Kahoko Brings Fair-Trade, Handmade Kenyan Textiles Into the Home

Photos by Luke Casey Eco-textile brand Kahoko offers beautiful woven textiles with a conscience, all of which use renewable natural fibers. The team brings sustainable knitted fabrics…

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Anthropologie's "Legend & Song" Line Spotlights East African Artisans

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Deola, Clan Bring Nigerian Mother-Daughter Style to NY Fashion Week

The show opened with a dazzling retrospective of pieces inspired by Sagoe’s 25-year career. From luxe Russian-doll skirts and voluminous shoulders in bold African fabrics to…

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