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Population growth presents key opportunity to reinvigorate the waste sector
Population growth presents key opportunity to reinvigorate the waste sector

The UN has estimated that the global population will near 11.3 billion by 2060. Populations in Africa are expected to experience just as much exponential growth...

By Kate Stubbs 12 Jul 2019

Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation - here's how to make it climate-friendly
Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation - here's how to make it climate-friendly

We're all too aware of the consequences of plastics in the oceans and on land. However, beyond the visible pollution of our once pristine habitats, plastics are having a grave impact on the climate too...

By Laurie Wright 16 May 2019

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How marketing with CSR at its heart can change the world

Fitting in perfectly with the rise of purpose-led marketing across the globe is Jeanne du Plessis, corporate affairs and citizenship leader at Procter and Gamble (P&G) South Africa. Du Plessis is a passionate believer that business can and should be a force for good in the world...

By Leigh Andrews 14 May 2019

Mark Eddo, Yonov Agah, Paul Holthus and David Luke at ABEF2018.
Tunis to host 2019 Africa Blue Economy Forum

Capital city of Tunisia, Tunis, will host the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) set for 25-26 June this year...

1 Apr 2019

FMCG recycling commitments no cure for plastic crisis
FMCG recycling commitments no cure for plastic crisis

The launch of the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance by consumer goods companies including Diageo, Unilever, The Coca Cola Company and Nestlé is not a cure-all for the plastic crisis...

29 Mar 2019

#GlobalRecyclingDay: Coca-Cola's plan to tackle the plastic waste problem in Africa
#GlobalRecyclingDay: Coca-Cola's plan to tackle the plastic waste problem in Africa

In line with its World Without Waste campaign, The Coca-Cola Company is accelerating the collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles across Southern and East Africa...

18 Mar 2019

The Waterpod: improving access to affordable drinking water in Africa
The Waterpod: improving access to affordable drinking water in Africa

The Waterpod could be Africa's answer to providing access to safe, affordable drinking water, while at the same time fighting the environmental scourge of single-use plastics...

Issued by Bluewater 15 Mar 2019

Recycling is not enough. Zero-packaging stores show we can kick our plastic addiction
Recycling is not enough. Zero-packaging stores show we can kick our plastic addiction

Wrapped, sealed, boxed, cling-filmed and vacuum packed. We have become used to consumables being packaged in every way imaginable...

By Sabrina Chakori 6 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019

More than ever before, in 2018 we saw sustainability playing a major role in shaping trends in the retail sector...

By Feroz Koor 25 Jan 2019

5 tips to travel more sustainably while in Africa
5 tips to travel more sustainably while in Africa

Africa today is not yet affected by overtourism, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't travel more sustainably...

By Martin Tvede Larsen 12 Dec 2018

Coca-Cola pledges $38m towards recycling initiatives in Africa
Coca-Cola pledges $38m towards recycling initiatives in Africa

Coca-Cola Africa has committed to investing $38million over three years to stimulate recycling industries across Southern and Eastern Africa, and also announced its new PET bottle...

6 Dec 2018

#EntrepreneurMonth: Meet SA's pioneer of biodegradable food packaging
#EntrepreneurMonth: Meet SA's pioneer of biodegradable food packaging

Packaging that lasts as long as it's needed, not longer...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Nov 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

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

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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

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

First waste management report for Africa released
First waste management report for Africa released

The United Nations Environment and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have released a report outlining the state of waste management in Africa...

12 Jun 2018

Dr Tony Ribbink, Sustainable Seas Trust CEO
Tackling the plastic waste problem in Africa

Africa has the dubious honour of being the second most polluted continent on the planet, and therefore must take both the responsibility and opportunity to pioneer world-leading waste management methods...

11 Jun 2018

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How Hilton will reach its 2030 social and environmental goals

On top of removing plastic straws from its 650 managed properties by the end of 2018, Hilton revealed it will double its social impact investments and cut its global environmental impact in half by 2030...

24 May 2018

The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)
The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)

The carbon footprint of tourism is about four times larger than previously thought, according to a world-first study published in Nature Climate Change...

By Arunima Malik & Ya-Yen Sun 15 May 2018

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Hidden danger: Why soil pollution should be a top priority globally

Little is know about the scale and severity of soil pollution, which poses a serious threat to agricultural productivity, food safety and human health...

3 May 2018

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Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

25 Apr 2018

#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced
#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards have been announced, competing in five categories as well as for the much-coveted 'Overall Winner'. Who will take the top spots?

12 Apr 2018

Olive mills don't just produce oil – they also generate a lot of wastewater (Credit: )
A new life for olive oil waste

Scientists have devised a process of converting olive mill wastewater into biofuel, fertiliser and clean water...

By Ben Coxworth 5 Mar 2018

How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem
How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem

Plastics are incredibly useful materials with extremely diverse properties, allowing a multitude of different applications that benefit our lives...

By James William Comerford 26 Feb 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Be inspired by problems in Africa
#DesignIndaba2018: Be inspired by problems in Africa

Design Indaba showcased the work of Leroy Mawasaru, a Kenyan teenager who is changing the world and showing how Afrofuturism can unfold for the continent...

By Louise Marsland 26 Feb 2018

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A step towards cleaner oceans: Tracking fishing gear to its original owner

These guidelines will help countries to develop effective systems for marking fishing gear so that it can be traced back to its original owner. Doing so will support efforts to reduce marine debris and IUU fishing...

12 Feb 2018

The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive
The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

As gains from the green revolution come up against limited natural resources, agriculture is poised for another major transformation...

28 Nov 2017

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