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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

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

#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

#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

Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech
Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech

With the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA) now open for applications, we interviewed Gerswynn McKuur, national project manager of GCIP-SA, to get some insight on how clean technologies could address some of SA's most urgent challenges...

By Sindy Peters 13 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

#DesignIndaba2017: How to know if you're swimming in it
#DesignIndaba2017: How to know if you're swimming in it

On day three at Design Indaba 2017, Carina Bonse, an art director and design graduate from Red & Yellow, introduced attendees to Swimming In It (Sii)...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Mar 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

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

#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

#BizTrends2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability
#BizTrends2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability

Although SA has made huge leaps in provision of clean water, there is still a significant amount of untreated sewage contaminating our water courses...

By Theunis Coetzer 11 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 Erdman 9 Jan 2017

To ring fence or not to ring fence?
To ring fence or not to ring fence?

During his mid-term budget speech, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan reiterated that several measures were being explored to raise additional tax revenue for the fiscus...

By Hermann Erdman 25 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

#SustainabilityMonth: Life's too Lush for normal cosmetics, Q&A with co-founder Rowena Bird
#SustainabilityMonth: Life's too Lush for normal cosmetics, Q&A with co-founder Rowena Bird

Here's a company that believes in true sustainability to the extent of turning shampoo into a bar and toothpaste into a tablet, thoughtfully designing out the need for packaging at the product creation stage...

By Jessica Tennant 4 Oct 2016

#InnovationMonth: Carpooling for trees
#InnovationMonth: Carpooling for trees

Transport Month in October will see SA's fourth Carpool Week taking place from 3-9 October. Last year it was 'Carpool Karaoke', this year everyone will be carpooling for trees...

By Cari Coetzee 20 Sep 2016

Making extended producer responsibility sustainable
Making extended producer responsibility sustainable

Manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned about the rising costs of product manufacturing - particularly the costs associated with the end-of-life disposal of these products...

By Hermann Erdman 16 Aug 2016

#MandelaMonth: Forgood offers something for everyone this #MandelaDay
#MandelaMonth: Forgood offers something for everyone this #MandelaDay

The countdown to Mandela Day has begun. If you're still not sure about how to make your 67 minutes count, forgood has curated some options for you...

By Sindy Peters 14 Jul 2016

Eliot Chisango
#YouthMonth: Africa's uniqueness lies within her natural resources - Eliot Chisango

It was during his internship with the P.E.A.C.E Foundation that Eliot Chisango's interest in recycling was piqued...

By Sindy Peters 22 Jun 2016

Reducing emissions, waste in the cruise line industry
Reducing emissions, waste in the cruise line industry

The top environmental priorities for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) include emissions reduction, improving efficiency, and waste management solutions...

By Sindy Peters 8 Jun 2016

KoAnn Skrzyniarz
#SB16CPT: Sustainable Brands welcomes CT to the fold

KoAnn Skrzyniarz, founder and CEO of Sustainable Brands, set the scene for the conference that kicked off this past weekend.

By Sindy Peters 16 May 2016

Trevor Manuel at Sustainable Brands Cape Town
#SB16CPT: World needs to check itself - Trevor Manuel

Trevor Manuel delivered the opening keynote address at Sustainable Brands Cape Town...

By Sindy Peters 16 May 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Wastewater treatment - How important is it for us?

The actions of humans on the environment can be quite devastating. When referring to wastewater there are so many places all around the world where this water is pumped straight into the ocean, streams and rivers...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 30 Mar 2016

Carbon tax: priority air pollutants declared
Carbon tax: priority air pollutants declared

The Department of Environmental Affairs published two draft notices, most recently in January 2016, in which priority air pollutants have been declared, in terms of the Draft Carbon Tax Bill, 2015...

By Helen Dagut 12 Feb 2016

[BizTrends 2016] Slow but steady towards a sustainable future
[BizTrends 2016] Slow but steady towards a sustainable future

In 2015 the UN adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda along with 17 Global Goals. These goals provide guidance for a slow but steady march towards a more sustainable future...

By Sindy Peters 18 Jan 2016

Create a recycling culture: the dustbin test
Create a recycling culture: the dustbin test

Rubbish is going to waste in corporate South Africa. It shouldn't, but it does. As a result, natural resources are depleted, pressure on landfill sites rockets, the environment suffers and companies lose billions through wasteful practices and failure to derive commercial returns from the mountains of material they discard...

By Auguste Coetzer 15 Sep 2015

The death of the annual report... As we know it
The death of the annual report... As we know it

We all want a greener, more sustainable world, yet the process of going green still seems to instil fear in some people. Good designers, on the other hand, embrace the move towards sustainability. Not only does green thinking lead to creativity and innovation, ultimately it's good for business, which to us means happy clients...

By Sam Bainbridge 2 Jul 2015

Greenwashing: claiming eco-friendly status due to biodegradability
Greenwashing: claiming eco-friendly status due to biodegradability

According to the Safer Choice Standard, for a green cleaning product to genuinely be eco-friendly, it must meet certain minimum standards...

By Clinton Smith 26 Jun 2015

[Earth Focus] The business case for environmental compliance
[Earth Focus] The business case for environmental compliance

The recent prosecution of a director whose company contravened environmental regulations sent shockwaves through corporate boardrooms...

By Roger Metcalfe 22 Jun 2015

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