This post was most recently updated on September 18th, 2023
Africa contributes less to global greenhouse gas emissions than any other continent. This large country is responsible for only 3.8% of all greenhouse emissions, compared to China and the United States, which weigh in at a whopping 23% and 19%, respectively. In addition to leading the world in low emissions, African economic ministers recently called upon the country’s business owners to set yet another precedent. Economists asked businesses to implement raw materials and production methods that were more eco-friendly in hopes of making Africa greener.
This is something Africa has struggled with in the past. Ultimately this transition would improve the economy through production and sales and help small business owners, the economy, and Africa as a whole.
The end result of this call to action is a whole host of new businesses specializing in sustainable goods.
Small businesses are popping up that feature Traditional African items like Clothing, decor, housewares, ceramics, jewelry, and more. These items are not only creative and beautiful but they are also created by designers in a way that is traditional without being bad for the planet.
To promote the creation of sustainable goods and to lessen the exploitation of natural resources and people, there were two major changes made by the creators and designers of these traditional African goods.
- The use of different materials for production: Implementing this change was important because Africa relied largely on cotton to make its traditional items. Unfortunately, cotton only grows during Africa’s rainy seasons, which are only a few months in length. As a result, many production companies are using silkworms in place of cotton. Silkworms can create material throughout the year and the Eri silkworm, frequently used in Kenya, can survive Africa’s dry climate.
- Training and employing African people: African business owners are now being encouraged to hire and train Africans for future employment. Many find jobs making traditional sustainable items and designing products made of sustainable raw materials and sustainable items.
The African economy is improving. Many businesses are taking an earth-friendly approach to the materials and processes used to make sustainable goods. Africa’s economy is predicted to climb much higher as COVID laws relax, and the financial future looks bright for this large country.
Perhaps through investing in its people and continuing to implement innovative ideas in agriculture, production, and the use of eco-friendly materials, Africa, its economy, and its people will continue to rise with a future as beautiful as their motherland.
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