Plastic waste pollution is a global problem that affects us all. We have seen the effects that it has on our environment and on biodiversity, and we understand how that also impacts us as humans, particularly those who live in developing and challenging parts of the world.

Through research, I became aware that Nigeria was one of the top African countries facing the issue of plastic waste. As a 2nd generation Nigerian, I wanted to explore ways that their plastic waste could be reduced and repurposed through fashion, and add social, cultural, economic and environmental value, considering the opportunities and limitations that exist there.

As part of this exploration, I have developed a collection of machine and handmade jewellery and woven textile artefacts, primarily sourced from waste plastic packaging, bottles, milk and yoghurt containers, single-use plastic bags and bottle caps. I have also included recycled plastic sheet material manufactured by UK material manufacturers ‘Smile Plastic’.

This collection, entitled ‘ỌRỌ PLASTIC’ (meaning ‘the issue of plastic’ in Yoruba, Nigerian dialect) is aesthetically inspired by Nigerian symbology, culture and the textile crafts of weaving, embroidery and the colour in indigo tie-dyed cloth. This work demonstrates how creatives in Nigeria can reduce and repurpose their plastic waste through fashion with the potential to educate, increase awareness and change some of the problematic behaviours that lead to plastic pollution in the first place.

Concept, Design and Making: Tolu Ashiru (@toh.loo.ay)

Photography: Eugénie Dang Vu (@misseug)

Model/Actress : Jessica Milford (@introjessica)

We all want to make it.
Make it in our chosen career. Maybe make it big.

Sometimes perhaps just make it to pay day.
But whatever our ambition, what unites us all is the desire to thrive, be recognised – and be supported.
And that’s what Lambeth’s Creative Enterprise Zone is all about. Supporting creative people to do amazing creative things without having to leave our amazingly creative corner of south London.
Because we all want to make it – of course – but more than that, we want to Make It in Brixton.