Yvette Tetteh Swims to Stop Waste Colonialism

Yvette’s initiative has marked a series of groundbreaking firsts: the first time the largest manmade lake in the world has been crossed by swimming, the first time a solar powered research vessel that has been built in Ghana and the first study of microfiber pollution undertaken along 450km of Ghana’s internal coastline. 

The Or Foundation, an Accra-based NGO estimates that Ghana receives around 15 million items of secondhand clothing from the Global North and that on average, 40% of every bale opened in Kantanmanto, Accra, is discarded as waste, causing enormous environmental and social problems.  

The GCIC is in awe and so proud of Yvettes commitment to ecological prosperity. 


The Or Foundation (pronounced “or”) stands for choice. Choice is agency – agency to escape the predominant violent socio-economic system of corporate colonialism and to change it from within. They are a 501(C)(3) public charity in the USA and a registered charity in Ghana that has been operating in both countries since 2011. Working at the intersection of environmental justice, education and fashion development, their mission is to identify and manifest alternatives to the dominant model of fashion – alternatives that bring forth ecological prosperity, as opposed to destruction, and that inspire citizens to form a relationship with fashion that extends beyond their role as consumer. 

Their goal is to catalyze a Justice-Led Circular Economy, including immediate relief through direct action on human rights and environmental abuses, educational programming, and awareness to shift individual actions, and research and institutional advocacy to steer systems level policies and investments. 

Visit the Or Foundation website at visit and sign their petition at . Visit their twitter page @theORispresent    

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