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Packaging industry sees launch of MetPac-SA
Packaging industry sees launch of MetPac-SA

A new producer responsibility organisation has been formed to represent the interests of the metal packaging industry in South Africa...

3 days ago

Polyflor SA diverts more than four tonnes of vinyl floor from landfill
Polyflor SA diverts more than four tonnes of vinyl floor from landfill

Since its launch at the end of 2016, Polyflor SA has recycled more than four tonnes of vinyl floor off-cuts...

3 days ago

Environmental Affairs to probe recycled bag claims
Environmental Affairs to probe recycled bag claims

The Department of Environmental Affairs says it will probe reports that some plastic supermarket carrier bags, which claim to be recycled, are allegedly not...

13 Apr 2017

Biodegradable products that provide a fresh perspective on sustainability
Biodegradable products that provide a fresh perspective on sustainability

How can a chair and a shoebox contribute to a more ecologically sustainable future?

By Lindsay Samson 11 Apr 2017

Get walking with stylish eco shoes made from recycled plastic bottles
Get walking with stylish eco shoes made from recycled plastic bottles

It's the eco-friendly, super comfortable flat that's taking off. Rothy's flats are made from just one material: polyester fibre sourced from 100% recycled water bottles...

By Tracy Swain 7 Apr 2017

A landfill is no place for plastic bottles
A landfill is no place for plastic bottles

Because their usefulness extends well beyond their original purpose, and to bury them in earth is exceptionally wasteful...

By Sindy Peters 4 Apr 2017

Investing in a circular water economy in SA
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
#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

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

Impressive growth for polystyrene recycling as new markets are developed
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
#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
#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
Salvaging construction waste with StoneCycling

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

By Emile Uys 8 Dec 2016

John Lennon-style Wire Glasses
Wire Glasses: Sustainable eyewear made in London and Harare

These John Lennon-style Wire Glasses are made from a single wire in Harare, Zimbabwe on frames that are 3d printed in London...

By Katie de Klee 29 Nov 2016

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Fertiliser plant in the offing near Saldanha

Kropz, which has Patrice Motsepe's Ubuntu-Botho Community Development Trust as its empowerment partner, must still raise R10bn to build the plant...

By Allan Seccombe 28 Nov 2016

Studio Nienke Hoogvliet makes products from old toilet paper.
Sewer to design: Products made from reclaimed toilet paper

Dutch designers at Studio Nienke Hoogvliet have created a range of products made from toilet paper reclaimed in fine sieves from the toilets of the Netherlands...

By Katie de Klee 25 Nov 2016

A circular fashion economy is about more than clothes
A circular fashion economy is about more than clothes

When you shop for a new jumper, how much thought do you give to the fate of the one it will replace? Do you dump a jacket because it starts to look ragged, or falls out of fashion? More and more, the clothing industry is wrestling with the same questions...

By Lynn Oxborrow 22 Nov 2016

Waste tyres: from landfills to a commodity
Waste tyres: from landfills to a commodity

Mbheki Mjikayo, REDISA depot manager in Ferrobank, ensures that waste tyres in Mpumalanga are diverted from landfills and turned into new commodities...

9 Nov 2016

For Black Girls Fashion Trade launched in Philippi
For Black Girls Fashion Trade launched in Philippi

The For Black Girls Fashion Trade launch took place at the GSB MTN Solution Space in Philippi Village on Friday, 4 November 2016...

8 Nov 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Waste, a rich source for innovation at Interwaste
#SustainabilityMonth: Waste, a rich source for innovation at Interwaste

We interview Mike Nicholls, director of Technical Services at Interwaste to find out their take on current waste management practices and legislation in South Africa...

By Sindy Peters 28 Oct 2016

The 'dirty' way Toyota is creating cleaner fuel
The 'dirty' way Toyota is creating cleaner fuel

Would you drive a car powered by poo?

By Lindsay Samson 25 Oct 2016

Steel from old tyres and ceramics from nutshells - how industry can use our rubbish
Steel from old tyres and ceramics from nutshells - how industry can use our rubbish

If someone said "green manufacturing" to you, what comes to mind is probably environmentally friendly products - solar panels, bamboo garments and the like...

By Farshid Pahlevani and Veena Sahajwalla 18 Oct 2016

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