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Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves ūüéĶūüé∂

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This song by British pop duo Eurythmics and American singer Aretha Franklin embodies how a vibrant group of women in Mpumalanga South Africa are developing skills and creating employment opportunities for themselves.  Ukuthunga Handmade is a social enterprise (NPO) which launched in 2016. It is comprised of several women living in communities around the Kruger National Park. The original team of five women call themselves the "Queens of Crochet" has grown over the past few years to sixty women. As the golden sun rises these inspiring women gather every week fostering a sense of community and bringing along their finished crocheted...

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THE BITTER TASTE OF FOOD WASTE

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We don't only talk about the waste that the fashion industry pushes into the environment. When trying to build a sustainable lifestyle we need to look at all facets of our lives and see how we can make a difference. A TASTE OF NOSTALGIA Food is something that can effectively trigger our deeper memories of feelings and emotions. Think back to your childhood, what memories are conjured up when you think about Sunday lunch? Food is what brought my whole family together for lunch every Sunday. My grandmother would cook all our favourite meals and everyone pitched in, whether it...

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BUT WHEN I GOT THERE, THE CUPBOARD WAS BARE, SAD WITH NOTHING TO WEAR

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You’re familiar with the dilemma. You ready to go out but when you get to your cupboard you have nothing to wear.  It is graveyard of once worn or barely worn outfits. Do we ever really consider the costs to nature and the environmental footprint of our fashion? FASHION - THE BIG, BAD AND UGLY TRUTH The fashion industry produces more carbon emissions annually than all international flights and maritime shipping combined which equates to 10% of annual global carbon emissions. FASHION AND ITS OVERSIZED WATER FOOTPRINT 3800 litres of clean and drinkable water are used to make one pair...

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The scent of Africa

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The scent of Africa

De La Fontaine Naturals is a natural plant-based perfumery and biodegradable personal care product manufacturer nestled in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. They believe in sourcing and producing their perfumes and products sustainably, by improving their carbon footprint and promoting health and well-being to all. We chatted to owner Deonette to find out how the range came about. She says she recalls the fragrance of crushed herbs and blooming flowers when she went out horse riding early in the mornings when she was a little girl. It is no surprise that out of all our senses, our sense of smell is the one closest linked...

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Honoring & recognizing women entrepreneurs' impact this Women's Month

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Celebrating Women's Month On the 9th of August 1956, 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.During Women's Month, we have the opportunity to assess the progress we've made in reshaping society and creating a conducive environment that enables women to take control of their lives.This month the spotlight is on the empowered female entrepreneurs who supply WWF South Africa with a range of sustainable products. SHOP THE WOMEN'S MONTH RANGE LIZL NAUDE OF LILY LOOMPA Designer, upcycling queen, pioneer, and self-confessed homebody, Lizl Naude has over 20 years of combined experience...

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