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Studies show that humans consume thousands of bits of plastic every year. By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. A group of multinationals wants to change this. They want to save our home, Earth. They have therefore joined forces to launch the Cape Town Biodegradable Festival (#CTBF) on 29 February 2020 at De Waal Park in Cape Town.

The CTBF began not so long ago in South Africa when a small group of friends wanted to make a difference to the environment. Later, more volunteers came on board.

The CTBF team has now grown to encompass a total of 19 members from South Africa, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Argentina. Eleven of these members are South Africans from various cultures and backgrounds. Each team member brings a special skill to the festival with one common goal: To Help Save the Planet.

The #CTBF is spearheaded by project architect and owner of Red Cup Village, Luvuyo Ndiki, in association with Vulisizwe Community Development NPC.  The FNB Business Innovation Awards 2019 Finalist also launched South Africa’s first 100% locally produced biodegradable cup made from corn-starch and sugarcane.

“The rapid increase of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change, and South Africa is now known as a climate change hot-spot,” says a passionate Ndiki.

“This is more evident than before with rising temperatures, droughts, flooding, and unpredictable weather in our country. The goal of the #CTBF is to raise environmental awareness, promote recycling and motivate consumers to use fewer plastic bags. We aim to help build sustainable communities, as well as local entrepreneurs, to stimulate green economic growth in South Africa.”
Cape Town is set to be one of the first African cities to host an annual biodegradable festival. This will focus on educating the community about single use plastic alternatives, including biodegradable products and waste management.

A plastic bag has only a 12-minute lifespan. But it can remain in landfills and oceans for up to 1000 years!

South Africa recycles a mere16% of its plastic every year. The rest of the plastic ends up at landfill locations.  Most of the waste, however, is washed into rivers - thanks to wind, littering, improper waste management, overflowing landfills and more - eventually ending up in the ocean.

It is a sad reality that 8 million metric tons of discarded plastics end up in the ocean every year!

The Western Cape Department of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning supports the Cape Town Biodegradable Festival.
. Says Marius du Randt, Head of the Ministry: “We support and appreciate the contribution of the Cape Town Biodegradable Festival to improve the environment of our City and Province and to educate the general public”.

The #CTBF 2020 takes place at De Waal Park, a public park and heritage site with over 120 species of trees, in Oranjezicht, Cape Town on 29 February 2020 from 10 am until 10 pm.
Some #CTBF Highlights:

In collaboration with private sectors, the Start-up Incubator brings together pioneer organisations and businesses from different areas. These include green tech, circular economy, sustainable food production and agriculture, ethical fashions and designs.
This space provides a platform for new change-makers with innovative ideas and it encourages collaboration.

The Think Tank is an “ideas lab” located right in the heart of the festival to promote environmental innovations and to encourage the exchange of ideas. The aim is to raise awareness and promote an understanding of the biggest ecological issues in the world.
We welcome change-makers such as iconoclastic thinkers, scientists, activists, artists, sociologists and other leading figures who will be leading round tables, conferences and screenings.

Screened in the tents in the Think Tank, festival goers can travel the planet through the eyes of various international directors, getting unique insights into the world.

In addition, festival lovers can enjoy live performances from various artists, diverse food and drinks, a kiddie’s zone, plenty of biodegradable products for sale, as well as a beer garden.

Limited Early Bird Tickets Available

Limited early biodegradable bird’s tickets are now available at web ticket from R30 – R180.

#CTBF welcomes collaboration! We invite anyone who wants to be part of the Festival to make contact via the #CTBF website: http://www.capetownbiodegradablefest.com and social media pages:

Facebook: @capetownbiodegradablefestival

Twitter: @FestCape

Instagram: cape_town_biodegradable_fest

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Chances are good that you’ve already heard of Civia Cycles, the relatively new company in Minnesota making beautiful utilitarian bikes. Civia’s motto is: Life’s better by bike. Don't you agree?

The Loring is the most relaxed of the company’s five models. Civia markets the Loring for “tooling around town, cruising campus, or pedaling to the grocer.” This seems to limit the Loring more than necessary, as it is a sturdy utility bike and they make it sound like a cruiser.

The steel frame and sprung Brooks saddle make for a smooth ride, almost like my Dutch bike, but not quite as smooth. The pace of the ride is also similar to my Dutch bike. The swept-back handlebars are comfortable and allow for a somewhat upright riding position. The position is similar to that of my Rivendell Betty Foy.

The Loring has the unique combination (at least unique for city bikes) of an internally geared hub and disc brakes. Both of these components are excellent for riding in rain and snow. The first gear was useless during my test ride in flat Chicago, but could come in handy for people with hills or carrying heavy loads. Second and third gears felt good. Braking at normal speeds and in normal conditions felt no different than braking with the roller brakes on my Dutch bike.

Carrying capacity is outstanding, with integrated front and rear aluminum racks with bamboo slats. A spring prevents the front from swinging around when loaded. The fenders are also bamboo and work to keep you clean and dry in the wet weather. Other stand-outs are the chain guard to keep your pants and long skirts from getting greasy and mangled, and the two-footed kickstand to keep your bike sturdy and upright. Minus a couple of points for the lack of an integrated lighting system.

The Civia Loring is a high-quality and well-thought-out bike. If you are interested in a beautiful and dependable bike to get you and your stuff around town click me. As always, try to test-ride as many different bikes as possible, before deciding which bike is best for you.

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Get lost in sound this festive season with your favourite music from anywhere in the room. The radiant Audio 360 Speaker uses breakthrough Ring Radiator technology to equally project exquisite audio in all directions so wherever you move the sound stays crystal clear. The rich sound quality of feel good summer music will have you loving your holidays.

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At a time when retailers are wringing their hands and brands are wondering about their future, it’s refreshing to see a street-level clothing company that seems bulletproof.

Black Scale is one of those companies. From modest beginnings making t-shirts in San Francisco which now has flagship stores in New York, LA and is sold in hundreds of outlets worldwide. Part of their success can be attributed to some spot-on collaborations – Black Scale has released lines with artists like Jun Cha, other brands Amongst Friends and most famously, a brand new collection with Rocky and the A$VP Mob.

LF caught up with Mega, one of Black Scale’s two founders, to talk inspiration, burning bridges and how collaborations are kinda like threesomes.

Tim Fisher: I know you've told the story many times, but just quickly, why did you start Black Scale? Where did it come from?

Michael ‘Mega’ Yabut: I started Black Scale in November 2007 with Alfred De Tagle in San Francisco while managing the HUF store. We wanted to come out with a darker line because it was something we were always into and the marketplace at that time didn't have any dark lines available so we wanted to capture that lane. It came from the streets of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

TF: Did you completely throw yourself into it from the beginning and quit your job for it, or did it take a long time to get to the stage where you could make a living from it?

Mega: It was something fun for Alfred and I. We wanted to design tees and coming out with a t-shirt line wasn't a big deal. We didn't exactly know what Black Scale could turn into. We didn't throw ourselves in it at first because we were working full time at HUF, but the brand grew by day and we saw tee's selling more and more through the HUF store and then we starting branching out to more stores and before you knew it we had no choice but to take it full time and take it seriously. It didn't take long at all, honestly. We are only going into our fifth year with the brand.

TF: From the outside, it feels like Black Scale grew really, really fast. Did it feel like that for you, or was it a slow process?

Mega: Time flies so we have to fly with time. I mean, I can't believe I am going to be 33 soon. It was like yesterday starting the Black Scale. It is growing fast but if I sit back and think about everything we have done it's at a pretty normal pace, if that makes sense. We experienced so much in such a short period of time we can say it feels like slow motion at times.

TF: Was there a key moment when you knew Black Scale was going to take off?

Mega: When Keith Hufnagel fired me. Haha. You know, sometimes you have to get thrown in the jungle to learn your way back and you are left with no choice. It was that day I knew I had to take Black Scale to the next platform and not mess around anymore.
I wasn't going to work for any other company because I didn't want to look like I was switching gangs (laughs) but it was important I worked ONLY at one brand prior to Black Scale and not a few because I don't think I could've done what I did at HUF for anyone else but my own brand. You kinda get played out in the scene and you’re doing the same shit for other brands that you used to do for the past company you used to work for and it gets played out.
That's why Black Scale also had to look different … it wouldn't have worked if it looked like the prior company I came from either. I have a lot of respect for the guys I learned from and Keith being one of them, it was important I respected the business to move forward so I can do future business the right way for my Black Scale. Never burn bridges unless you know the other side is about to burn it down for you.

TF: How did your design team evolve? Where did they all come from?

Mega: They are all my friends. Alfred De Tagle is the other half of Black Scale so he's been there since the beginning involved with every angle possible. Teron Stevenson and Geoff Leslie help me out with all the daily tasks we take on everyday from sales, design and structuring the company so we all wear many hats. Our design team is very small. A total of 5 of us now. We have a silent designer out there – we can't say who because he works for a bigger fish in the sea outside of our realm and he kills it. That’s pretty much it.

TF: How would you describe the evolution of the brand's design? Are the things that were important to the look of your pieces back in 07 still important now?

Mega: This is the hardest question always because Black Scale is a story that is being told. Since the beginning of Black Scale to now the aesthetic will always be there and the story will only continue because Black Scale is telling the story of mankind and what we as people have been through in the past, present and what we will see in the future.

I am growing as a person so that means some things about me will change and some things will always stay the same but that's the nice part, because I can incorporate that into the line as it grows. Same with everyone else that follows Black Scale. As a kid you might be afraid of the darker things in life, unless you’re just a rebel since birth, and as you grow and understand what's around you. You see it's not so bad and you might accept some of it and some you might not. That's everyday people. It's balance. Ignorance/Education, Good/Evil etc. So to answer your question, Yes we will always run with our look but as we grow we will add to it and make more pieces that we learn about and make.

TF: Collaborations are a really important part of the brand. Why is that, and what are the key things you look for in a collaborative partner?

Mega: Collabs are good for the brand and they are fun. It's like two friends banging out a chick and high five-ing. Sometime it works out and it’s great and sometimes one gets mad and falls in love with the girl.

TF: What inspires you? Are there other clothing companies you look to, or do you deliberately look outside of fashion and clothes?

Mega: I buy other brands that I mix with Black Scale but a very few and most are just higher end brands that make black clothing without branding. Again, that's just me growing up. Mainly I look outside of fashion and clothes when finding inspiration. Books, movies and travelling, looking at my surroundings and people around me.

TF: Is the look of your website, your stores and your marketing as important as the quality of the clothes, or do you feel like the clothes could sell themselves?

Mega: All this matters. They all work with each other and they all have to speak to the audience the same way.

TF: How important is your connection with your customers? Do you go out of your way to get a feel for the people who buy your clothes?

Mega: Customer service is key. For us especially, because we need more time to explain some of the things we make. Take graphics. Yes, people will come in to buy it because they think it's cool but for the most part we try to educate the customer so they know what they are wearing and can explain it to the ignorant asshole on the street that judges them, if in that case they want to explain it.

TF: If you’re giving advice to someone starting a brand like yours, what's the key to making it a successful and built to last?

Mega: A great team and a great team. Knowing to let go and listening to your team. You have them there for a reason, they can't just be Yes men. Your vision is your vision but having your team understand that vision means they will embrace it and take ownership.

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ANGELINE is a modern contemporary Illustrator dedicated to her story. The strongest attribute to her skill was her life surroundings She says "At high school I remember spending my whole biology class just sketching other people" 

"it seemed a good idea at the time, until I got caught out by the teacher who proceeded to rip out the pages of my book leaving the limp outer cover"

After high school She studied Graphic Design at Cape Technicon, 2nd major in Illustration this lead her creating imagery for children's books. "I participated in a campaign that in-turn produced a series of 4 educational books for Shuter and Shooter, and card illustrations"

Soon after her studies a fellow Tech graduate opened his own Ad Agency and invited her to join the team.

"My job there entailed visualisation and marker presentation work from initial ideas through to the final application. After 3 years I went freelance, specialising in marker presentation work, storyboards for film companies and ad agencies"

She enjoys working with exclusive airbrush rushing on clothing ranges, make-up and styling, themed props, murals and character design "I am a versatile artist and work in many mediums and applications including body paint and anime".

ANGELINE hinted out that out of all her specialities her drawing ability is truest to nature, through her art work she can fully interpret visual ideas whist sketching with speed and execution.

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