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Investing in a circular water economy in SA

The UN World Water Development Report: Wastewater, the Untapped Resource indicates that for decades, people have been using fresh water faster than nature can replace it...

By Hermann Erdman 24 Mar 2017

#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo

As we slowly wise up to the negative effects our growing consumerism has on the environment, it could be argued that the most progressive design is that which is sustainable...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Turning excess fabrics destined for landfills into unique luggage covers

Uzwelo Bags has designed and manufactured unique, eye-catching luggage covers that will ensure that you never miss your bag on that overcrowded carousel ever again...

By Cari Coetzee 8 Feb 2017

Impressive growth for polystyrene recycling as new markets are developed

According to Polystyrene Packaging Council director Adri Spangenberg, the reprocessing of expanded and high impact polystyrene has increased by 106% between the period 2013 and 2015 in South Africa...

8 Feb 2017

Goodbye dandruff, hello clean ocean

If you don't like lifeless hair, dandruff on your shoulders and plastics in your ocean, you can tackle all three in the shower...

7 Feb 2017

Can waste solve the waste problem?

Who ever said ‘happily ever after' was just the stuff of fairytales? These days those words are written into the soles of Lionel Messi's cleats (or at least that's the idea)...

By Tim Plenderleith 3 Feb 2017

Waste is not a liability, but a future resource

In South Africa, we have proven that this is possible within the tyre waste stream, but there are a few significant elements that have determined the success...

By Stacey Davidson 30 Jan 2017

Recycling projects that inspire innovation

Responsible business and sustainability are not necessarily terms that inspire excitement – but they should. By thinking outside the box, companies are using increasingly innovative approaches to get involved in recycling and become a part of the circular economy...

By Nathan Nayagar 23 Jan 2017

Sustainable business is a good business

The threat of global resource management is growing. While the milestones of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, which South Africa has adopted along with support for the Common African Position (CAP), help raise awareness of the challenges ahead, there is a growing need for businesses to play a leading role...

By Nathan Nayagar 18 Jan 2017

Arts school puts energy into green alternatives

"Greening" is an art at Chistlehurst School in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. The small private performing arts high school operates off the grid by using water tanks, batteries, solar energy and a small generator, and collects waste...

By Shelley Seid 17 Jan 2017

How waste can stimulate South Africa's economy

A new study undertaken by the Energy Research Centre of UCT in November 2016 investigates the economic impact of the introduction of resources back into the economy through waste stream management...

12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Circular economies key to commodity growth

Today, the world has 1.8-billion middle-class consumers; within the next 20 years it will be home to 5-billion consumers...

By Hermann Erdmann 9 Jan 2017

#BestofBiz 2016: CSI & Sustainability

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's CSI & Sustainability portal over the past year below.

12 Dec 2016

Salvaging construction waste with StoneCycling

This Dutch startup collects demolition debris and recycles it for new buildings...

By Emile Uys 8 Dec 2016

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International

Eco-friendly digs for the modern nomad

Portuguese startup Ecocubo's 96ft2 prefab is intended to host nomads who find themselves roughing it in the wild. It's an environmentally friendly alternative living space designed by architect António Fernandes in collaboration with the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC).

By Bo Bushwinkel 16 Mar 2017

Service delivery starts with data. See who's been missing from the spreadsheets

Tanzania's most recent national census tells us that about one in 16 people has a disability in the country's Ruvuma region. But what if the true number was closer to one in five?

By Dominic Haslam 1 Mar 2017

Weaning off oil, Scottish islands eye renewable future

Strong winds and stormy seas have helped turn the Shetland Islands in the North Atlantic into a European renewable energy giant, producing more power than it knows what to do with.

21 Feb 2017

Indian Ocean states move to avert tuna stocks depletion

Tuna Fisheries are to feature prominently in future as the South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) Commission now moves to adopt a draft protocol on access to fishing grounds by foreign vessels, all intended to establish a common access regime of tuna and tuna-like species in the region.

By Sylivester Domasa 17 Feb 2017

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