BizTrends 2018


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Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

14 hours ago

Social needs to up its game to keep receiving financial support

Today's philanthropists, grantmakers, social and impact investors want more control over their giving and they want evidence of the scale and sustainability of the impact they make...

Issued by Next Generation 18 Apr 2018

This is what's on the agenda for Sustainability Week 2018

This year's Sustainability Week, set for 5-7 June at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane, will cover sustainable development in Africa at various scales, from Africa's capital cities to the people who sustainable development affects.

18 Apr 2018

School children recycle waste for food

In Colchester, primary school learners are recycling plastic bottles and tins in exchange for school stationery, clothing and food...

By Joseph Chirume 4 Apr 2018

Hout Bay designer's rooibos purses score shelf space in Paris

Gracious Dube from Hout Bay in Cape Town is delighted to have her handmade purses, which are upcycled from rooibos tea bags, stocked in a fashion boutique in Paris...

28 Mar 2018

The top ten glass recycling hospitality businesses in and around Joburg

The Glass Recycling Company visited hospitality businesses in Johannesburg during March, acknowledging them for their green behaviour in embracing glass recycling and making it an integral part of their business...

26 Mar 2018

Local inventor finds way to generate gas from plastic trash

From building alien spaceships on the set of the film District 9 to setting up his own hydroponic system at home, innovator Pierre "Pops" Pretorius always had an idea floating around in his head...

By Farren Collins 22 Mar 2018

R37.5m biorefinery facility launched in Durban to extract maximum value from biomass waste

In a first for South Africa, the government has launched a R37.5m biorefinery facility in Durban. The facility will support innovation in a range of industries, including forestry, agro-processing and other biomass-based industries...

22 Mar 2018

A new life for olive oil waste

Scientists have devised a process of converting olive mill wastewater into biofuel, fertiliser and clean water...

By Ben Coxworth 5 Mar 2018

The Caledon, Theewaterskloof municipality partners to recycle spa water

The Caledon Casino Hotel Spa and Entertainment and the Theewaterskloof (TWK) Local Municipality have entered into a joint venture to collect the spa water from The Caledon and pump it back to the Badskop reservoir...

1 Mar 2018

Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme recognised at The Circulars 2018 in Davos

The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) has been selected as runner-up in the Circular Economy: Public Sector award of The Circulars 2018...

23 Jan 2018

Coca-Cola Company pledges to cut plastic packaging waste

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a commitment to become more environmentally friendly by reshaping its approach to packaging...

22 Jan 2018

City of Cape Town-funded programme shortlisted for World Economic Forum Circulars Award

Funded by the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) has been shortlisted as a finalist for The Circulars...

22 Dec 2017

Chinese firm turns panda poop into toilet paper

When life gave one Chinese company giant panda poop, it decided to make paper - and profits...

21 Dec 2017

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