Collective accountability needed to address waste reform and clean up SA
Collective accountability needed to address waste reform and clean up SA

Initiatives such as Clean-up and Recycle SA Week are a great measure to raise awareness on the waste to landfill versus recycling conundrum faced in the country.

By Kate Stubbs 19 Sep 2018

Cleaning up the environment gains momentum
Cleaning up the environment gains momentum

Volunteers came out in numbers to take part in cleanups on World Cleanup Day, 15 September 2018...

19 Sep 2018

Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced
Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced

The top 10 nominees in the African Innovation Foundation's (AIF) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 have been announced...

14 Sep 2018

Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa
Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa

Food losses and waste are an enormous drain on natural resources. Roughly one-third of the annual food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted...

13 Sep 2018

Research indicates that up to a third of all food is wasted – but also shows that anti-waste campaigns frequently backfire. ,
When anti-waste campaigns backfire

Waste has become a serious problem in Western societies...

By Corinne Faure and Mia Birau 11 Sep 2018

Get ready to dress up to the nines for #5ForChange
Get ready to dress up to the nines for #5ForChange

Turning seven this year, 5 For Change has been an annual highlight on the Cape Town social and philanthropic calendar. In 2018, however, its founders are shaking things up...

By Sindy Peters 7 Sep 2018

Shoprite to stage cleanup events across Africa on World Cleanup Day
Shoprite to stage cleanup events across Africa on World Cleanup Day

The Shoprite Group will be staging cleanup events across Africa on 15 September 2018, marking World Cleanup Day...

4 Sep 2018

Three ways making a smartphone can harm the environment
Three ways making a smartphone can harm the environment

Nearly five billion people worldwide will use a smartphone by 2020...

By Patrick Byrne and Karen Hudson-Edwards 29 Aug 2018

Is China worsening the developing world's environmental crisis?
Is China worsening the developing world's environmental crisis?

The developing world is in the midst of an environmental crisis. Simply breathing the air is a leading cause of death...

By Jonas Gamso 23 Aug 2018

#WasteCon2018: Long-term waste management solutions, going further than #plasticfreejuly
#WasteCon2018: Long-term waste management solutions, going further than #plasticfreejuly

In October the IWMSA is hosting its biennial flagship conference WasteCon2018...

21 Aug 2018

Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here's what happened
Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here's what happened

What a difference the birth of a granddaughter can make. For Lee Scott, who ran Walmart from 2000 to 2009, the arrival of his granddaughter not only convinced him the threat of global warming was real but set him on a course...

By Andrew Spicer 21 Aug 2018

Scientists are developing greener plastics - the bigger challenge is moving them from lab to market
Scientists are developing greener plastics - the bigger challenge is moving them from lab to market

Synthetic plastics have made many aspect of modern life cheaper, safer and more convenient. However, we have failed to figure out how to get rid of them...

By Richard Gross 17 Aug 2018

Research chairs on waste management appointed
Research chairs on waste management appointed

Government has launched South Africa's first ever research chairs on waste management...

16 Aug 2018

Microplastics. Image by Oregon State University, CC BY-SA 2.0,
We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly - seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags - they stick around for hundreds of years...

By John Meeker 15 Aug 2018

Clothing rental could be the key to a stylishly sustainable fashion industry
Clothing rental could be the key to a stylishly sustainable fashion industry

A staggering 235m items of unwanted clothing were forecast to be dumped in UK landfill in 2017, while the average American is estimated to bin 81lb (37kg) of used clothing annually...

By Naomi Braithwaite 10 Aug 2018

Woolworths trials recycling vending machine in Cape Town store
Woolworths trials recycling vending machine in Cape Town store

In an effort to reduce packaging waste, Woolworths is piloting an integrated reverse vending machine in its flagship green store, Woolworths Palmyra in Claremont...

8 Aug 2018

Why can't all plastic waste be recycled?
Why can't all plastic waste be recycled?

The UK produced 11-million tonnes of plastic waste in 2017, and recycled around two thirds of it...

By Sharon George 3 Aug 2018

Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment
Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment

As companies move to get rid of single-use plastic bags and bans on microbeads are coming into force...

By Thomas Neitzert 2 Aug 2018

Elaine Jack, city improvement district manager, Sandton Central Management District
Sandton Central welcomes City of Joburg's separation-at-source strategy

The City of Joburg's and Pikitup's mandatory separation-at-source programme, which started on 1 July 2018, has been welcomed by Sandton Central...

27 Jul 2018

SA outperforms Europe in 2017 plastics recycling rate
SA outperforms Europe in 2017 plastics recycling rate

Plastics|SA has released the plastics recycling figures for the year ending 2017, and for the seventh year running...

26 Jul 2018

Plastic pollution: could we clean up the ocean with technology?
Plastic pollution: could we clean up the ocean with technology?

Our oceans are threatened by three major challenges: climate change, overfishing and pollution...

By Rick Stafford 26 Jul 2018

SA PET industry offers support to Joburg recycling SMMEs
SA PET industry offers support to Joburg recycling SMMEs

In the wake of the City of Ekurhuleni's new mandatory household recycling programme launched earlier this month...

23 Jul 2018

Sappi partners with Prince of Wales Trust
Sappi partners with Prince of Wales Trust

Sappi will be funding research on artificial intelligence and bringing carbon emissions to net zero in the paper and pulp industry as one of the founding partners of The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme...

Issued by Sappi 20 Jul 2018

Africa needs to build its statistical capacity
Africa needs to build its statistical capacity

High quality data crucial for success of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, says the Economic Commission for Africa...

13 Jul 2018

Hukou Waterfall of Yellow River, China. ,
What we can learn from China's fight against environmental ruin

A good news story about China's environment is something you don't hear every day...

By Brett Bryan and Lei Gao 13 Jul 2018

New SA body established to manage marine pollution
New SA body established to manage marine pollution

The National Department of Transport has established an Incident Management Organisation...

9 Jul 2018

Image by MichaelisScientists,
How to clean up our universal plastic tragedy

Twenty five years ago, I spent a summer removing plastic packing bands and plastic nets from 135 entangled Antarctic fur seals...

By Tony Robert Walker 4 Jul 2018

Pick n Pay pilots eco-friendly bags on International Plastic Bag Free Day
Pick n Pay pilots eco-friendly bags on International Plastic Bag Free Day

Pick n Pay is experimenting with compostable bags as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags. To mark International Plastic Bag Free Day today and as part of its efforts to reduce plastic waste...

3 Jul 2018

McLean Banda, a waste picker who lives in the informal settlement next to Genesis Landfill in Central Johannesburg, sorts his recyclable materials. Photo: Zoë Postman
Hope for Johannesburg waste pickers

The future of Johannesburg's waste pickers may be looking brighter...

By Zoë Postman 3 Jul 2018

Refrigeration goes green at BM Foods Cape Town factory
Refrigeration goes green at BM Foods Cape Town factory

Food manufacturer BM Foods is shrinking its carbon footprint by introducing a CO2-driven refrigeration system into its new, modern Cape Town factory...

28 Jun 2018

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