If you follow The Online Magazine constantly, you should know that we already had an interview with Akpo Christopher - the founder of SUBWAESTUDIOS.
Now they have worked with WAHTC (we are here to create) on an eco-friendly capsule collection called „POLYTHENE". To raise awareness on this sensitive issue, both parties collected plastic waste on the streets of Ghana. The creation from the collected findings are raincoats and shoe covers, in case it should rain out of the bucket again.
To get a deeper insight into the collection, we sat down again with Chris Akpo - one of the leading creatives in Ghana's current creative scene.
We don't want plastic waste! - SUBWAESTUDIOS X WAHTC
Hey Chris how are you? Haven't heard from you in a while. How is it currently in Ghana?
Hey bro I’m very good! I hope you are? Everything is currently calm here my brother, happy getting in touch with you again.
We got together again for an interview, because you released a capsule collection with WHATC. Tell us a bit about the collaboration and how it came about.
Yes. I’m excited this collaboration is finally here. The concept was created between the two brands starting from illustrations to campaign all worked on WhatsApp group chat between the two teams. We began working on this capsule since early 2020, we believe this is the right time to drop the collection. Polythene is a minimal capsule collection which has been produced out of recycled plastic materials. For this collaboration we are using our voice to preach against plastic pollution in our society and pushing a vision of sustainability in fashion, creating values of waste materials.
What exactly is WAHTC?
Answered by Sellase Tsikudo (founder of WAHTC) “WAHTC (We Are Here To Create) is a brand founded in 2018 trying to create this intersectional way of thinking from climate to human rights to fashion to style to personal expression. WAHTC produces finely crafted clothing pieces influenced and inspired by our culture and street fashion. Our aesthetic is nature driven and poetic.
You collected plastic in Ghana and converted it into fibers, which you then used as raincoats and shoe covers. How exactly did the production process work?
When you visit the market in Ghana these plastics are used by our market women to package stuffs and also used as rain shield both in the market and streets aswell, so we collected these plastics and re modified them into raincoats by cutting and sewing.
You have designed the collection to address awareness about plastic waste in society. What is the current plastic problem in Ghana?
Ghanaians generate over a million tons of plastic waste each year and only between 5% of this plastic waste gets properly recycled. Many places within the country lack infrastructure to safely dispose of plastic waste. Together we build a healthy society, these efforts will certainly to a substantially less plastic polluted country in the future ahead.
How did you then come to produce raincoats and shoe covers?
We produced this capsule collection to help repurpose waste plastics in our community, pushing sustainability forward in the fashion industry.
At the end of last year, the Polythene capsule collection was launched on the runway by africa fashion foundation's young design talent finalist in collaboration with Glitz Fashion Week and was published on Italian vogue. What was that like for you and your team?
Since Subwaestudios started we’ve been working hard on evolving each and every season. It has been a learning process, experimenting different textures and fabrics every season so we are always ready for opportunities knock our doors one after the other, we know there is much more to come and we can’t wait to share with you!
The interview comes to an end with this. Do you have any final words for the youth?
I think we the youth “I’m included” need to refocus on the environment in which we are leaving in, anything we produce, design or preach should be about fostering positive change.
Author: Moubarak Assima