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This kids clothing range literally grows alongside your child
This kids clothing range literally grows alongside your child

Today's fashion industry has long been embroiled in a sustainability challenge. Constantly contributing to the depletion of fossil fuels through its relentless use of natural resources...

By Lindsay Samson 1 day ago

P&G to raise 500,000 days of clean water
P&G to raise 500,000 days of clean water

Conscious of the water disaster currently being faced by South Africans, Procter & Gamble (P&G) South Africa has a goal to raise 500,000 days of clean water...

3 days ago

Water from Air technical director, Paul Raglan-Smith and CEO Ray de Vries with a mobile 1,500 litres per day machine designed and manufactured in South Africa.
Durban innovator presents a solution to water crisis

Durban businessman Ray de Vries believes that a solution to the Cape Town water crisis may be in the air around us...

22 Mar 2017

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Cocoa industry agrees plan to tackle deforestation

Major chocolate makers, including Ferrero, Nestle, and Mars, agreed on a landmark initiative to tackle deforestation in top cocoa producers Ivory Coast and Ghana...

17 Mar 2017

Panâh: An ethical fashion production house in Kenya
Panâh: An ethical fashion production house in Kenya

Founded by Morteza Saifi and Evgeniya Khromina, Panâh is an ethical fashion production house based in Nairobi, Kenya...

14 Mar 2017

Fry family celebrates 25 years of vegan food manufacturing
Fry family celebrates 25 years of vegan food manufacturing

Fry's Family Foods is a family-owned food company, begun in South Africa in 1992, and now an international supplier of vegan foods...

13 Mar 2017

South Africa's paper recycling rate tops forecast
South Africa's paper recycling rate tops forecast

The latest figures on the recycling of paper in South Africa indicate that the amounts recovered have exceeded the 2017 forecast...

9 Mar 2017

Tesco saves £4m through HR practices reducing carbon footprint
Tesco saves £4m through HR practices reducing carbon footprint

Academics at Loughborough University have helped Tesco reduce its carbon footprint and save on its energy bill by proposing alterations to the working practices...

7 Mar 2017

Is sustainability baked into your strategy?
Is sustainability baked into your strategy?

Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, one of the world's largest investors, said, “The pursuit of profit maximisation at any cost has come at a great cost to the planet and our humanity. Today's culture of quarterly earnings hysteria is totally contrary to the long-term approach we need.”

By Sue Morris 23 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo
#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

John J. Coetzee, CEO at Green Worx
Global GreenTag certifies Green Worx Cleaning Solutions

Local manufacturer Green Worx Cleaning Solutions recently announced that its products have been certified by ecolabel Global GreenTag...

23 Feb 2017

How 'evolving' technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste
How 'evolving' technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it's fully functional?

By Sharad Sinha 22 Feb 2017

Unlocking business opportunities using sustainability standards
Unlocking business opportunities using sustainability standards

A new report recently published by WWF and ISEAL indicates how businesses can contribute strongly to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and unlock new market opportunities...

20 Feb 2017

Samsonite and Uzwelo Luggage Cover
#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

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans release eco-friendly swimwear collaboration
Adidas and Parley for the Oceans release eco-friendly swimwear collaboration

Following the release of a stylish sneaker made using plastic salvaged from the ocean, Adidas has once again teamed up with environmental initiative, Parley for the Oceans...

By Lindsay Samson 7 Feb 2017

Goodbye dandruff, hello clean ocean
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

The Paper Water Bottle sits at the intersection of branding and sustainable design
The Paper Water Bottle sits at the intersection of branding and sustainable design

It's no secret that around 80 percent of the 80 billion plastic bottles produced annually will end up in landfills or oceans where it will take 800 years to biodegrade...

By Jamie Matroos 3 Feb 2017

Woolworths Palmyra store achieves GBCSA 5-star rating
Woolworths Palmyra store achieves GBCSA 5-star rating

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the Woolworths Palmyra store in Claremont, Cape Town a 5-star rating...

2 Feb 2017

Is a vegetarian diet really more environmentally friendly than eating meat?
Is a vegetarian diet really more environmentally friendly than eating meat?

Beef from Brazil, avocados from Mexico, lamb from New Zealand, wines from South Africa and green beans from Kenya – food shopping lists have a distinctly international flavour...

By Wayne Martindale 27 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business
#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business

South African companies, including those in the retail sector, continue to experience a significant change in mindset among customers. The reality is that doing business is no longer just about profit, but also about creating shared value and meeting responsibilities to contribute to inclusive economic development, and to give back to communities and our planet...

By Justin Smith 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Defining sustainability for the bottling industry
#BizTrends2017: Defining sustainability for the bottling industry

Sustainability is the ultimate long-term goal of any company, which allows it to contribute to the development of the country where it operates. It is no longer merely about profitability, but a phenomenon that must support the goals of a company through the triple context of its social, environmental and economic aspects...

By Gaopaleloe Mothoagae 11 Jan 2017

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Christmas recycling tips

Come 27 December, it is as if people instinctively realise they need a detox. It is also a time when many people prepare for the New Year by doing an annual spring clean. Reducing, reusing or recycling all that Christmas packaging can make an enormous difference to the environment, says Donna Noble, Mpact communications manager...

23 Dec 2016

Kreef stocks plummet - now on red list
Kreef stocks plummet - now on red list

The World Wide Fund for Nature in SA (WWF-SA) is urging South Africans to avoid eating West Coast rock lobster, commonly known as "kreef" as stocks have fallen to 2% of their previous levels...

By Charlotte Mathews 23 Dec 2016

Five sustainable fashion brands
Five sustainable fashion brands

We highlight five brands making clothes ethically...

By Lolita Pukwana 19 Dec 2016

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Zimbabwe plant to hit Mpact earnings

The closure of Mpact's plastics manufacturing facility in Zimbabwe, which will cost the company about R40m, is expected to contribute to considerably lower headline earnings for the packaging business when it reports its results for the 2016 financial year...

13 Dec 2016

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Mpact falls 5% after full-year trading update

Mpact shares fell up to 5% on Monday after the company released a trading update in which it said it expects headline earnings per share in the year to December to drop by at least 30% on a year on year basis...

13 Dec 2016

#BestofBiz 2016: Retail
#BestofBiz 2016: Retail

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 Retail portal over the past year below.

12 Dec 2016

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Mondelez initiative to enhance capacity of cocoa farmers

As production of cocoa has failed to keep pace with world demand, prices have steadily been rising for several years. Mondelez International is taking steps to help cocoa farmers boost production...

7 Dec 2016

Dealerships discover benefits of going green and conversing
Dealerships discover benefits of going green and conversing

In 2013 we trundled along to Hillfox in Johannesburg to attend the opening of a new Kia dealership. Hardly big news you might think...

By Mark Smyth 1 Dec 2016

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