Armelle Tamo Sidje, 33, is a young female entrepreneur in Cameroon who uses banana tree trunks to produce biodegradable packaging for households and shops. With Cameroon producing over 300,000 tonnes of bananas each year, there’s a guarantee that her project can save families from using plastic bags that continues to proliferate despite a 2014 ban.
Mud houses roofed with rusty iron-sheets stretch many kilometres inside Kiambiu, a low-income neighbourhood in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Use of unclean cooking fuels in the area is concerning and raises concerns about the increase in carbon emissions and deforestation.
A number of products consumed globally have their origin in Africa. But how much do Africans get from the proceeds?
“When I got married in this area, there were some trees that were existing in abundance. For instance, the Kumulembe tree was easily accessible. We could use the tree to chase away evil spirits and treat other diseases like ulcers. Today, it saddens me that this valuable tree is only found in a few places,”
Seven long and devastating years of clear skies and shy clouds left Namibia drought-stricken. Ina Wilkie, alongside other like-minded women, set out to address food insecurity in Namibia’s biggest informal settlement.
In most towns and cities in Cameroon, piles of scrap tyres are a common sight. 35-year-old Ayeah Leonette found an opportunity to convert scrap tyres to household furniture used within her home city of Bamenda, in the Northwest Region of Cameroon.
A women-led Ugandan startup is tackling the plastic waste problem by turning polythene bags locally known as “kaveera” into fashionable sustainable bags, helping to turn the tide against rapid plastics pollution in Uganda.
Have you ever thought that your wardrobe is piling pressure on our planet? Have you ever thought of the environmental cost of a single pair of jeans that you have? The cost of your clothes in the wardrobe goes beyond the mere price tag.