KWETU KWANZA

 

 

 

Kwetu Kwanza is  an annual culture and fashion conference on environment sustainability, a day which brings together fashion designers, influencers, bloggers both local and international to engage with the participants in an open panel discussion on four thematic areas which inclu

 

The current situation of fashion in  Uganda,

The enviromental impact of textiles and wastes,

How we can build a more sustaninable fashion and creative industry whilst promoting cultural diversity.

 

This is followed with an Exhibition of Art works that are eco-friendly from sustainable fashion designers and visual artists, documentary film screening about sustainable fashion and a 3 days Open studio on how to recycle, tasting Natural material/fabrics and collaborative learning.

 

 

WHY DO WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT FASHION?

WHY DOES FASHION CONCERN US ALL?

 

"The United Nations estimates that 10 percent of total global emissions come from the fashion industry.

 

The impact of textiles and clothing industry on the environment go beyond emissions. Dyes used to produce toxic chemicals pollute waterways. Gathering the materials for wood-based fabrics like rayon, modal and viscose contributes to deforestation. Popular polyester fabrics washed in domestic washing machines shed plastic microfibers make their way to into drinking water and aquatic food chains (including in fish and shellfish eaten by humans). Cotton, another eminently popular material, is a pesticide and water-intensive crop; according to the World Resources Institute, the amount of water required to make one cotton t-shirt is the same as one person drinks in two-and-a-half years."

(Sam Schipani).