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#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

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

A circular approach in the fishing industry
A circular approach in the fishing industry

Sea Harvest is a prominent local fishing company in South Africa that has managed to create a thriving circular economy at its Saldanha Bay waste plant by looking beyond simple waste management...

11 Oct 2016

A solution to economic growth? Try circular economies
A solution to economic growth? Try circular economies

SA has been rated as one of the worst-performing African countries in terms of entrepreneurship...

By Hermann Erdmann 10 Oct 2016

Challenging our understanding of waste
Challenging our understanding of waste

Landfills could be a source of usable materials...

By Jamie Matroos 3 Oct 2016

#InnovationMonth: Social-TV spotlights stories that inspire hope
#InnovationMonth: Social-TV spotlights stories that inspire hope

Social-TV is an online media channel that showcases company CSI and sustainable development initiatives while highlighting charity organisations that need funding...

By Sindy Peters 20 Sep 2016

From "optional" to "community habit": changing recycling behaviour among our future generation
From "optional" to "community habit": changing recycling behaviour among our future generation

As South Africa starts to discover the potential of our local recycling industry, stakeholders and key contributors are exploring how best to unlock the full value chain...

By Gaopaleloe Mothoagae 19 Sep 2016

Increase in recycling, but players take strain
Increase in recycling, but players take strain

Over the past couple of decades, Plastics SA - the umbrella organisation representing the local plastics industry - has been measuring the recycling rate of plastics in this country. Annual updates are done to track the trends in recycling...

19 Sep 2016

Uniquely South African solution to global issues
Uniquely South African solution to global issues

This year, I will be representing REDISA at the 2016 CGI Annual Meeting to speak on a panel discussion on "Turning landfills into goldmines: Can we make the circular economy a reality?"

By Stacey Davidson 13 Sep 2016

Reform: From trash to furniture in Cairo
Reform: From trash to furniture in Cairo

Reform Studio is a Cairo-based design studio that turns old plastic bags into furniture by creating an eco-friendly material called Plastex...

By Katie de Klee 13 Sep 2016

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