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Checkers swops Little Shop for eco-friendly seedling kits
Checkers swops Little Shop for eco-friendly seedling kits

In a follow-up to the Checkers Mini Shop collectables craze launched in 2016, the retailer has announced its newest campaign consisting of environmentally-friendly Little Garden seedling kits...

1 day ago

AB Sugar commits to sustainability with 2030 targets
AB Sugar commits to sustainability with 2030 targets

AB Sugar today launches a bold set of commitments with the aim of becoming the world's leading sustainable sugar business...

2 days ago

Sustainability trends shaping retail in 2018
Sustainability trends shaping retail in 2018

Sustainability issues are increasingly shaping trends in the retail sector. In this year's World Economic Forum Global Risks Report, three of the top global risks in terms of likelihood and impact are environmental...

By Feroz Koor 3 days ago

Plastic packaging is often pollution for profit
Plastic packaging is often pollution for profit

As a polymer scientist, it feels like my life's work is dismissed as immoral by even my hero Sir David Attenborough, simply because I deal with plastics...

By Anthony J Ryan 3 days ago

Oolala Collection Club answers the call for 'clean' beauty
Oolala Collection Club answers the call for 'clean' beauty

Consumers are wising up to the far-reaching environmental, ethical and health benefits of conscious consumption, and a review of our beauty routines are an important part of the lifestyle audits we're undertaking...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Apr 2018

Could online shopping help us reduce our carbon footprint?
Could online shopping help us reduce our carbon footprint?

The full lifecycle emissions from a products' consumption is dominated by the manufacturing processes and the product's use, however, emissions associated with the distribution of goods from manufacturer to consumer also matter...

10 Apr 2018

Darling Brew declared carbon neutral
Darling Brew declared carbon neutral

Darling Brew in the Western Cape is the first brewery on the continent to be declared carbon neutral...

5 Apr 2018

First phase of green mixed-use precinct Loftus Park now open
First phase of green mixed-use precinct Loftus Park now open

The first phase of Loftus Park in Pretoria - a dynamic, green mixed-use precinct being developed by Redefine Properties together with Abland - has been opened, introducing 34,000m² A-grade office space, a premium gym, open-air piazza with restaurants and convenience retail...

4 Apr 2018

SA's re-usable sanitary wear market to hit R17bn by 2022
SA's re-usable sanitary wear market to hit R17bn by 2022

Cloth diapers, nappies, menstrual cups and other re-usable sanitary wear are growing in popularity as environmentally-friendly options to reduce waste, increase savings and improve general hygiene...

3 Apr 2018

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

Ikea's "fast food of the future" includes worm balls, bug burgers and algae hot dogs
Ikea's "fast food of the future" includes worm balls, bug burgers and algae hot dogs

Space10 is Ikea's research hub and innovation lab, devoted to developing bold and sustainable new business models. The latest project to come out of the lab is a selection of five iconic fast food dishes...

By Rich Haridy 23 Mar 2018

From Hook to Cook: Bistro Sixteen82, Abalobi partners on first restaurant-supported fishery
From Hook to Cook: Bistro Sixteen82, Abalobi partners on first restaurant-supported fishery

The partnership between traditional fishers Abalobi, WWF-Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative and Bistro Sixteen82, provide fishing communities on the western and southern Cape coast with a better price for their fish and livelihood for their families...

20 Mar 2018

Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food
Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

With profit-making still at the top of the food industry agenda - and the environmental costs of many food products hidden by complex supply chains - we need more than consumer power alone to achieve a truly sustainable food system...

By Chris West, Bob Doherty & Tony Heron 20 Mar 2018

Only half of plastic bag levy has gone to support recycling
Only half of plastic bag levy has gone to support recycling

Only about half of the nearly R2bn raised through the plastic supermarket bag levy has been officially allocated to recycling...

By Guy Rogers 20 Mar 2018

Let them eat carp: Fish farms are helping to fight hunger
Let them eat carp: Fish farms are helping to fight hunger

Over the past three decades, the global aquaculture industry has risen from obscurity to become a critical source of food for millions of people...

By Ben Belton, Dave Little & Simon Bush 19 Mar 2018

Donatella Versace says label will stop using fur in products
Donatella Versace says label will stop using fur in products

Donatella Versace has said her family's luxury fashion label will no longer use real furs in its products, according to an interview with a British magazine...

16 Mar 2018

Securing a future for fashion - in conversation with Jackie Burger
Securing a future for fashion - in conversation with Jackie Burger

The word 'pollution' may conjure up images of dirty waterways and smog-filled city skies but seldom is it realised that the clothing on our backs may be the product of a dirty and dehumanising supply chain...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Mar 2018

Transparency, traceability key supply chain issues for seafood industry
Transparency, traceability key supply chain issues for seafood industry

The global nature of the seafood industry has resulted in transparency and traceability emerging as key supply chain issues, especially when it comes to combatting the growing threat of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing...

15 Mar 2018

Rise of second-hand trading benefits buyers, sellers and the planet
Rise of second-hand trading benefits buyers, sellers and the planet

Trading in second-hand goods is as old as business itself - and now it's enjoying a rising new wave of popularity, to the benefit of both buyers and sellers...

14 Mar 2018

'Sustainable' Lego: plastics from plants won't solve a pollution crisis
'Sustainable' Lego: plastics from plants won't solve a pollution crisis

Lego is going to start making toys from plant-based plastic. In an effort to become more sustainable...

By Sharon George and Deirdre McKay 14 Mar 2018

Arrival of elephants marks start of marula harvest season in Limpopo
Arrival of elephants marks start of marula harvest season in Limpopo

Hundreds of elephants descend on the marula trees of the Valley of Olifants in the Lowveld of Limpopo to signal local villagers that the time to harvest the ripened fruit, used for their biggest global export, Amarula liqueur, has arrived...

8 Mar 2018

Cape Town distillery produces new drought-conscious gin
Cape Town distillery produces new drought-conscious gin

Pienaar & Son, a boutique craft distillery based in Cape Town's City Bowl, has launched a 'Drought Edition' gin with the aim of raising awareness around the water shortage...

6 Mar 2018

Lego to launch its first sustainable, plant-based plastic bricks this year
Lego to launch its first sustainable, plant-based plastic bricks this year

After ramping up its efforts to shift towards more sustainable materials in 2015, perennial purveyor of plastic blocks Lego is making good on that promise and is set to launch a new form of eco-friendly playthings...

By Nick Lavars 5 Mar 2018

Ballo's considered design from beginning to end
Ballo's considered design from beginning to end

Sustainability is a key driver of product development at local wooden sunglasses brand, Ballo. Founded back in 2013, their fashionable accessories and apparel are rooted in a belief of craftsmanship...

2 Mar 2018

Global demand spurs sustainable fynbos harvesting
Global demand spurs sustainable fynbos harvesting

"The Sustainable Harvesting Programme demonstrates that it is certainly possible to sustainably harvest fynbos in a commercially viable way, creating green businesses and decent, sustainable jobs for people living in the fynbos region..."

2 Mar 2018

Jonathan Robinson
Fair trade at the core of Bean There's buying philosophy

Bean There Coffee, South Africa's first roaster of certified direct fair trade coffee, was launched on the back of the stock market crash in 2001, a 27,000-kilometre backpacking trip across two continents...

28 Feb 2018

How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem
How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem

Plastics are incredibly useful materials with extremely diverse properties, allowing a multitude of different applications that benefit our lives...

By James William Comerford 26 Feb 2018

SIZA sets gold farm sustainability standard for SA
SIZA sets gold farm sustainability standard for SA

SIZA was thoroughly reviewed against SAI Platform's Farm Sustainability Assessment 2.0. The result was a maximum Gold level of equivalence (100% essential, 100% basic and 100% advanced)...

23 Feb 2018

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A water-wise SA Cheese Festival

The agricultural society, along with its partners, will present the will present the 2018 SA Cheese Festival without any impact on the already depleted water sources in the Western Cape...

22 Feb 2018

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Improving responsible agricultural supply chains critical to fulfilling SDGs

Enterprises involved in the agricultural sector are critical for the fulfilment of the SDGs - playing a key role in generating much-needed investment, decent employment, developing productivity and supply chains that benefit producers and consumers...

21 Feb 2018

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