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As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home
As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home

Less than two years after China banned most imports of scrap material from abroad, many of its neighbors are following suit...

By Kate O'Neill 11 Jun 2019

All the 2019 Eco-Logic Awards winners
All the 2019 Eco-Logic Awards winners

The recently held 2019 Eco-Logic Awards saw newly appointed minister of environment, forestry and fisheries Barbara Creecy deliver the keynote address, during which she emphasised the need for sustainable practice...

10 Jun 2019

Some softer solutions to Nairobi's traffic pollution problem
Some softer solutions to Nairobi's traffic pollution problem

Rapid urbanisation in Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, has meant there's been huge growth in the number of vehicles on roads. Today, Nairobi is one of the world's most congested cities...

By Fiona Rajé 10 Jun 2019

SA shows 6% year-on-year increase in PET plastic bottle recycling
SA shows 6% year-on-year increase in PET plastic bottle recycling

According to PETCO chief executive officer Cheri Scholtz, an average of 6.2 million PET plastic bottles were collected for recycling across South Africa every day last year...

7 Jun 2019

Economics of air pollution: What are the costs?
Economics of air pollution: What are the costs?

With the health effects associated with ambient air pollution (AAP) well documented, global attention has turned to the relationship between pollution and financial outcomes...

6 Jun 2019

#WorldEnvironmentDay: How waste is impacting our air
#WorldEnvironmentDay: How waste is impacting our air

Research from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that seven million people die each year from air pollution, where nine out of ten people breathe in polluted air each day...

5 Jun 2019

SCA upholds ruling against Interwaste
SCA upholds ruling against Interwaste

The Department of Environmental Affairs has welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal in the matter involving the validity of a Compliance Notice issued to Interwaste...

3 Jun 2019

Carbon Tax Bill: What effect will this have on corporate SA?
Carbon Tax Bill: What effect will this have on corporate SA?

The long-awaited Carbon Tax Bill, which is due to be implemented on 1 June 2019, will have a considerable impact on many of the large corporates that are currently operating in South Africa...

31 May 2019

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World Environment Day: Table Mountain Cableway targets 80% recycling by 2021

Ahead of World Environment Day on Wednesday, 5 June 2019, Table Mountain Cableway has announced its goal to increase waste recycling from the current level of 55% to 80% by 2021...

30 May 2019

Recycling: poorer countries can now refuse plastic waste imports - this could make the system fairer
Recycling: poorer countries can now refuse plastic waste imports - this could make the system fairer

The world generated 242 million tonnes of plastic waste in 2016 - a figure that's expected to grow by 70% in the next 30 years...

By Jen Allan 27 May 2019

Qantas zero-waste commercial flight takes off
Qantas zero-waste commercial flight takes off

Marking the start of its plan to cut 100 million single-use plastics by end-2020 and eliminate 75% of the airline's waste by end-2021, Qantas launched a commercial flight this month producing no landfill waste...

17 May 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

The eco-warriors of the oil business
The eco-warriors of the oil business

Used motor lubricant is dirty, hazardous stuff. Yet the collection of used oil in South Africa has provided business success stories for many eco-entrepreneurs...

13 May 2019

2019 Eco-Logic Awards finalists announced
2019 Eco-Logic Awards finalists announced

The finalists in the eighth annual Eco-Logic Awards, presented by The Enviropaedia, have been announced with the awards to be presented on 5 June, World Environment Day...

10 May 2019

When biodegradable plastic is not biodegradable
When biodegradable plastic is not biodegradable

The idea of a "biodegradable" plastic suggests a material that would degrade to little or nothing over a period of time, posing less of a hazard to wildlife and the environment...

By Isabel Thomlinson 6 May 2019

Re-imagining waste-to-energy for micro-generation
Re-imagining waste-to-energy for micro-generation

The exploration of alternative energy sources and projects has been all the 'buzz' again, particularly in response to challenges Eskom continues to face...

By Kate Stubbs 29 Apr 2019

Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now
Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now

Fashion shouldn't cost lives and it shouldn't cost us our planet. Yet this is what is happening today. Globalisation, fast fashion, economies of scale, social media and offshore production have created a perfect storm...

By Anika Kozlowski 26 Apr 2019

Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia ranked most transparent fashion brands
Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia ranked most transparent fashion brands

Sportswear giants Adidas and Reebok and outdoor clothing brand Patagonia are leading the way on transparency amongst the world's 200 largest fashion brands...

25 Apr 2019

Woolworths to open more 'plastic bag free' stores
Woolworths to open more 'plastic bag free' stores

Woolworths is planning to introduce three more 'plastic shopping bag free' stores in the country, after trialling the concept at the Steenberg branch in Cape Town...

24 Apr 2019

12 easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint
12 easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint

We've just celebrated Earth Day, an important global acknowledgement of the work that we need to be doing to protect our planet, and this year the work feels more important than ever...

By Tammy Fry 23 Apr 2019

Easter eggs: hunting for a solution to excessive packaging
Easter eggs: hunting for a solution to excessive packaging

So which Easter tradition came first? The packaging or the egg? The answer is of course not that surprising (it's the egg). The tradition of giving people eggs at spring time has roots in ancient pagan festivals...

By Elliot Woolley 18 Apr 2019

Opportunity to regularise pre-Waste Act hazardous waste facilities: But, what are the risks?
Opportunity to regularise pre-Waste Act hazardous waste facilities: But, what are the risks?

On 5 April 2019, the Minister of Environmental Affairs gave notice of her intention to require any person who lawfully conducted a hazardous waste management activity on 1 July 2009 to apply for a waste management licence...

By Paula-Ann Novotny 18 Apr 2019

Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?
Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?

Private prosecutions for environmental crimes has always been a thorny issue in South African environmental law. In the recent case of Uzani Environmental Advocacy CC v BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, BP was found guilty of contravening the National Environmental Management Act...

By Athi Jara 17 Apr 2019

Vodacom bans plastic bags across its stores
Vodacom bans plastic bags across its stores

Vodacom on Tuesday, 9 April, announced that it will no longer be issuing plastic bags to customers at its stores, replacing them with brown paper bags...

12 Apr 2019

Wealth from waste - three ways pollution can be turned into something useful
Wealth from waste - three ways pollution can be turned into something useful

Solving environmental problems usually just means cleaning up the mess people have made. But scientists are increasingly interested in creating something valuable from pollution...

By Maria Sotenko 11 Apr 2019

From grain to glass: Pernod Ricard's roadmap to sustainability
From grain to glass: Pernod Ricard's roadmap to sustainability

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has launched its 2030 Sustainability and Responsibility roadmap as part of the company's Transform and Accelerate strategic plan...

10 Apr 2019

Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to Parliament
Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to Parliament

Last week the minister of finance introduced the revised Carbon Tax Bill (Bill) to Parliament, which aims to give effect to South Africa's objectives and commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

By Gillian Niven & Nirvasha Singh 2 Apr 2019

Winning with sustainability in retail
Winning with sustainability in retail

While there's pessimism in the air with regards to global product sales, every day there are also groundbreaking changes being implemented by brands and activists who genuinely want to be the change when it comes to sustainability...

By Vanessa Hilton-Barber 2 Apr 2019

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