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The good news about plastic waste
The good news about plastic waste

Waste plastics contaminate our food, water and air. Many are calling for a global ban on single-use plastics because throwing them "away" often means into our river systems and then into the world's oceans...

By Deirdre McKay 16 Nov 2017

Large investment into converting beverage can industry from steel to aluminium pays off
Large investment into converting beverage can industry from steel to aluminium pays off

Industry heavyweights such as ABInbev, Coca-Cola Southern Africa, Nampak Bevcan and Hulamin, have invested more than $94m (R1.258bn) since 2013 in converting the beverage can industry from steel to aluminium...

8 Nov 2017

Coca-Cola Beverages takes top prize at Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards
Coca-Cola Beverages takes top prize at Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa took top honours at the fourth Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards...

3 Nov 2017

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From waste to healthy soils: Why composting is the green thing to do

In South Africa, organic waste - perfectly compostable material - is one of the highest waste contributors to overflowing landfills, the largest source of methane gas...

27 Oct 2017

SAB Foundation awards over R9m to small social enterprises
SAB Foundation awards over R9m to small social enterprises

The 2017 SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards winners were announced in Johannesburg recently. Over R9m in prize money was distributed among the 24 small businesses...

25 Oct 2017

Buy a Bag of Hope - one way business can help SA's children succeed
Buy a Bag of Hope - one way business can help SA's children succeed

Uzwelo Bags was launched with the goal of making a meaningful difference...

By Sindy Peters 19 Oct 2017

Mathe Group recycles 100,000 truck tyres
Mathe Group recycles 100,000 truck tyres

Mathe Group recently celebrated recycling its 100,000th truck tyre at its Hammarsdale facility...

18 Oct 2017

2017 SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards finalists revealed
2017 SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards finalists revealed

The 24 finalists in this year's SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards and Disability Empowerment Awards have been announced. The winners will be revealed at an official awards ceremony on Monday, 23 October...

2 Oct 2017

#InnovationMonth: Propertuity, LOT-EK collaborate on SA's first large-scale residential container development
#InnovationMonth: Propertuity, LOT-EK collaborate on SA's first large-scale residential container development

Property developer Propertuity partnered recently with New York-based architecture firm and upcycling experts LOT-EK in creating South Africa's first large-scale residential container development, Drivelines...

By Sindy Peters 28 Sep 2017

Space Base Bed Base wins SAPRO Best Recycled Product of the Year award
Space Base Bed Base wins SAPRO Best Recycled Product of the Year award

Graham Coleman and Gianni Nosenzo of Cycliq in Wadeville were awarded the SAPRO trophy for the Best Recycled Product of the Year at the organisation's sixth biennial awards ceremony...

28 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: The Joinery's journey to create a sustainable future for fashion
#InnovationMonth: The Joinery's journey to create a sustainable future for fashion

Cape Town-based ethical fashion and lifestyle brand, The Joinery, is trailblazing the local sustainable business scene...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 Sep 2017

Sets Drapes Screens has nothing to lose but waste, making furniture from offcuts
Sets Drapes Screens has nothing to lose but waste, making furniture from offcuts

Many sets are destroyed and thrown away as soon as an event is over...

21 Sep 2017

Jaguar Land Rover launches surfboard from upcycled plastic foam
Jaguar Land Rover launches surfboard from upcycled plastic foam

As part of its Waste to Wave project, Jaguar Land Rover has created a surfboard using recycled plastic derived from early clay design models...

14 Sep 2017

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The Table Bay brings green consciousness to employees, educates on R&R

R&R - reuse and recycle - is at the top of Table Bay's waste management agenda and the hotel is currently running an extensive training programme to educate staff on "how".

13 Sep 2017

Egyptian upcycling startup creates fashionable accessories from trash
Egyptian upcycling startup creates fashionable accessories from trash

While studying in Europe, Egyptian entrepreneurs Rana Rafie and Yara Yassin were inspired by the recycling and upcycling boom taking place around them...

By Jamie Matroos 13 Sep 2017

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What Kenya's government can do to protect, and benefit from, ocean resources

Declining health in Kenya's marine resources is evident in traditional small-scale fisheries, the growth in commercial fisheries, conflicts among fisher groups and in the increased use of gear such as...

By David Obura 28 Aug 2017

The Clothing Bank exhibition features women leading the journey out of poverty
The Clothing Bank exhibition features women leading the journey out of poverty

Since 2010 The Clothing Bank has been using excess stock donated by South Africa's largest clothing retailers and manufacturers to transform lives...

15 Aug 2017

Waste-to-energy programmes key in the sustainable circular economy
Waste-to-energy programmes key in the sustainable circular economy

The business case for transforming waste to address critical energy shortages is mounting...

By Webb Meko 8 Aug 2017

Having more, owning less: how to fight throwaway culture
Having more, owning less: how to fight throwaway culture

Until the advent of cheap credit and cheaper item costs, for many consumers in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s rental was the most accessible way of obtaining products such as televisions, video recorders and washing machines that were high cost and frequently required repair...

By Christine Cole and Alex Gnanapragasam 4 Aug 2017

Nike designs shoebox made out of recycled milk containers and coffee lids
Nike designs shoebox made out of recycled milk containers and coffee lids

Nike partnered with Taiwanese architect and engineer Arthur Huang to design "sustainable and responsible" Air Max packaging...

By Bongani Shweni 28 Jul 2017

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Mhondoro takes on DOT Challenge, eliminates plastic bottles

Mhondoro Game Lodge has eliminated the use of plastic water bottles in support of the DOT Challenge. It is committed to making a contribution in each of the DOT Challenge categories - water, waste, conservation, and energy...

21 Jul 2017

Wasted reimagines how we deal with urban trash
Wasted reimagines how we deal with urban trash

Amsterdam-based Cities Foundation has used plastic as currency for two years. Now they've added paper, textiles and glass...

21 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Does your brand walk its CSR talk?
#CSIMonth: Does your brand walk its CSR talk?

Ken Egbas, founder of The SERAS, unpacks some of the awards' most significant impacts on the African CSR landscape...

By Sindy Peters 21 Jul 2017

Reliance Compost Founder, Eddie Redelinghuys
#CSIMonth: Creating sustainable environments through organic compost

We chat to Eco-Logic Award winner, Reliance Compost's founder and director about organic compost, growing green minds and ensuring a healthy world for future generations...

By Cari coetzee 17 Jul 2017

South Africans put themselves in Zimbabwean shoes
South Africans put themselves in Zimbabwean shoes

Blessing Lunga makes shoes in his two-roomed shack. He learned how to make them from a man he stayed with in Johannesburg...

By Thembela Ntongana 5 Jul 2017

#YouthMonth: How Repurpose Schoolbags give a child choice, not charity
#YouthMonth: How Repurpose Schoolbags give a child choice, not charity

Since its launch in 2013, Rethaka has manufactured and distributed 10,000 Repurpose Schoolbags in six African countries, recycling 400,000 plastic bags in the process...

By Sindy Peters 29 Jun 2017

Innovation Lions' Grand Prix-winning 'Humanium Metal Initiative’.
#CannesLions2017: Innovation winners!

The 64th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity hosted the Cannes Innovation award ceremony on 20 June 2017...

20 Jun 2017

Adidas turning threat into thread through Parley for the Oceans partnership
Adidas turning threat into thread through Parley for the Oceans partnership

Through Parley for the Oceans, adidas has been turning threat into thread by re-using marine plastic debris to form a signature element of its performance-led running shoes...

8 Jun 2017

Advancing PET recycling: Petco Award winners announced
Advancing PET recycling: Petco Award winners announced

Individuals and companies who have made extraordinary contributions to PET recycling in SA, including Bizcommunity's Managing Editor, have been named Petco Award winners...

8 Jun 2017

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