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DBSA launches second edition of Youth Challenge
DBSA launches second edition of Youth ChallengeArticle

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has launched the second edition of the DBSA Youth Challenge...

5 May 2021

Converse launches Renew Labs to spruce up pre-loved All Stars
Converse launches Renew Labs to spruce up pre-loved All StarsArticle

In a bid to fuel sustainable innovation and extend the lifecycle of products, Converse has introduced Renew Labs to refresh customers' previously-worn All Stars...

30 Apr 2021

EPR regulation: Doubling down on plastic bag producers
EPR regulation: Doubling down on plastic bag producersArticle

South Africa's amended plastic bag regulations and the new extended producer responsibility regulations raise concerns about double taxation in the plastic bag sector...

Garyn Rapson, Paula-Ann Novotny and Emma Bleeker 29 Apr 2021

Vans sets out global sustainability goals to achieve by 2030
Vans sets out global sustainability goals to achieve by 2030Article

Vans will move towards creating circular products and systems that use regenerative and recycled materials, designed to reduce waste and keep products in use and out of landfills...

22 Apr 2021

Nestlé becomes first FMCG company to join Polyco
Nestlé becomes first FMCG company to join PolycoArticle

Nestlé is the first food manufacturer and brand owner to join the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation, a not-for-profit industry body focused on reducing the amount of used polyolefin plastic packaging waste...

20 Apr 2021

Amended plastic bag regulations published for implementation
Amended plastic bag regulations published for implementationArticle

Amendments to South Africa's Plastic Carrier Bags and Plastic Flat Bags Regulations have been published in the Government Gazette for implementation...

19 Apr 2021

2021 African Circular Economy Alliance: Giving waste a second chance
2021 African Circular Economy Alliance: Giving waste a second chanceArticle

Decreasing plastic waste and enhancing plastic recycling remains a focus area for South Africa, according to forestry, fisheries and environment minister Barbara Creecy...

19 Apr 2021

CRDC SA receives $100k Dow award to scale up Resin8 production
CRDC SA receives $100k Dow award to scale up Resin8 productionArticle

The Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration South Africa (CRDC SA) has won a Dow Business Impact Fund Award worth $100,000...

15 Apr 2021

Woolworths implements further single-use plastic reductions in stores
Woolworths implements further single-use plastic reductions in storesArticle

Woolworths is expanding its 'plastic shopping bag free' policy to 52 more stores and has announced the replacement of plastic packaging with kraft packaging in 'Ripe and Ready' avocados...

13 Apr 2021

Entries now open for WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards 2021
Entries now open for WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards 2021Article

Entries are open for the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards 2021, with this year's ceremony including a series of Global Awards for the first time...

9 Apr 2021

Annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey results released
Annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey results releasedArticle

Plastics SA, in conjunction with the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO), recently released the annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey...

19 Mar 2021

Conscious consumers driving sustainability in the beverage industry
Conscious consumers driving sustainability in the beverage industryArticle

From biodegradable straws to compostable takeaway coffee cups, consumer demand for sustainability in the food and beverage industry is on the rise...

16 Mar 2021

2021 Petco Awards winners announced
2021 Petco Awards winners announcedArticle

Recognising individuals and organisations making a tangible impact on sustainability and the circular economy, the Petco Awards winners have been announced...

5 Mar 2021

Kenya's Nzambi Matee recycles plastic to make bricks stronger than concrete
Kenya's Nzambi Matee recycles plastic to make bricks stronger than concreteArticle

Nairobi-based startup company Gjenge Makers uses recycled plastic with sand to make lightweight and low-cost bricks that are stronger than concrete...

16 Feb 2021

Climate change needs to be treated like the Covid-19 crisis
Climate change needs to be treated like the Covid-19 crisisArticle

2019 was the hottest year on record, not only in South Africa, but across the globe. Impacts of this are severe...

Liteboho Makhele 5 Feb 2021

The Ridge receives 6-star Green Star Office Design rating
The Ridge receives 6-star Green Star Office Design ratingArticle

Situated in the Portswood District of the V&A Waterfront, The Ridge has been awarded a 6-star Green Star Office Design rating...

3 Feb 2021

NPO exerts pressure on FMCG and retail giants to cut plastic usage
NPO exerts pressure on FMCG and retail giants to cut plastic usageArticle

As You Sow has filed shareholder proposals with 10 leading consumer goods companies and retailers, calling for commitments to absolute cuts in the use of plastic packaging...

15 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Sustainability paving the way for future of waste management
#BizTrends2021: Sustainability paving the way for future of waste managementArticle

Waste management can no longer be looked at with a linear view as we move towards 2021. We are seeing national as well as global leaders around the world creating massive awareness around the 'throw-away culture'...

Kate Stubbs 7 Jan 2021

Litter4Tokens founder awarded 2 Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Litter4Tokens founder awarded 2 Stevie Awards for Women in BusinessArticle

Clare Swithenbank-Bowman, founder of the non-profit organisation (NPO) Litter4Tokens, was awarded recently with two international Stevie Awards for Women in Business...

15 Dec 2020

Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?
Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?Article

In my career as a marine biologist, I've been fortunate enough to visit some of the most remote islands in the world. These beautiful places continue to remind me why I have this job in the first place...

Henrik Österblom 7 Dec 2020

See: Alan Winde visits Tuffy's manufacturing plant
See: Alan Winde visits Tuffy's manufacturing plantGallery

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde visited Tuffy's manufacturing plant in Stikland, Cape Town on 23 November. The premier's visit highlighted the challenges posed by plastic waste and particularly the advancement of the Green Economy on the government's agenda. The company has remained firmly invested in South Africa's economic development as a key provider of jobs and advancing skills development since its inception in 1986. Here is a gallery of the Premier's visit to visits Tuffy's manufacturing plant.

1 Dec 2020

Transforming plastic waste into Xmas decorations
Transforming plastic waste into Xmas decorationsArticle

Woolworths has partnered with social enterprise Essay Gifts, which has designed and produced Christmas baubles using the principles of a circular economy for plastics...

1 Dec 2020

Vita Go Beverages introduces biodegradable bottles
Vita Go Beverages introduces biodegradable bottlesArticle

Biodegradable Future is pleased to announce that Vita Go Beverages will be rolling out with Biodegradable Future Bottles...

Issued by Biodegradable Future 24 Nov 2020

Plastics Colloquium identifies 5 key focus areas for 2021
Plastics Colloquium identifies 5 key focus areas for 2021Article

The 2020 Plastics Colloquium Feedback session was hosted virtually recently by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), the Consumer Goods Council of SA, Plastics|SA and the informal sector associations...

20 Nov 2020

Mounting plastic waste risks lives, diminishes sustainable change
Mounting plastic waste risks lives, diminishes sustainable changeArticle

Saturday, 21 November, marks World Fisheries Day - a day commemorated to raise awareness on the importance of water as well as the lives it sustains, both on land and for marine life...

Kate Stubbs 19 Nov 2020

Green industries to aid SA's economic recovery
Green industries to aid SA's economic recoveryArticle

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has published the regulatory framework for extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes as part of government's effort to contribute towards the economic recovery plan...

12 Nov 2020

Woolworths does away with plastic shopping bags at 145 stores
Woolworths does away with plastic shopping bags at 145 storesArticle

A total of 145 Woolworths stores across South Africa are now free from single-use plastic shopping bags...

9 Nov 2020

Luyanda Hlatashwayo, reclaimer with the African Reclaimers Organisation, and Luc-Olivier Marquet, EVP Unilever South Africa.
Unilever SA forms local partnerships to support inclusive circular economyArticle

Unilever is focused on direct investment and partnerships in waste collection, building capacity by buying recycled plastics and supporting well-designed extended producer responsibility schemes...

6 Nov 2020

Tuffy teams up with WWF SA to drive plastic waste awareness
Tuffy teams up with WWF SA to drive plastic waste awarenessArticle

Tuffy has partnered with WWF SA to drive education, awareness and behaviour change around plastic waste...

5 Nov 2020

Nestlé rolls out RE Sustainability initiative in South Africa
Nestlé rolls out RE Sustainability initiative in South AfricaArticle

Nestlé has launched its RE sustainability initiative in South Africa aimed at reinforcing all its sustainability initiatives, strategies and resources to help mitigate sustainability challenges...

29 Oct 2020

The war against plastic is distracting us from pollution that cannot be seen
The war against plastic is distracting us from pollution that cannot be seenArticle

The war against plastic may be overshadowing greater threats to the environment...

Thomas Stanton, Matthew Johnson and Paul Kay 27 Oct 2020

Unilever works to eliminate fossil fuels from homecare products
Unilever works to eliminate fossil fuels from homecare productsArticle

Consumer goods giant Unilever is investing in technology to help it to transition away from fossil fuel-derived chemicals in its homecare products by 2030...

23 Oct 2020

Annual survey reveals plastics recycling figures for 2019
Annual survey reveals plastics recycling figures for 2019Article

During 2019, 503,600 tonnes of plastics waste was collected for recycling. Of this, more than half (362,800 tonnes) was packaging...

16 Oct 2020

Why microplastics found in Nigeria's freshwaters raise a red flag
Why microplastics found in Nigeria's freshwaters raise a red flagArticle

One of the biggest stresses on freshwater ecosystems is the presence of plastics. Some microplastics - tiny pieces of plastic that have broken down from bigger pieces - get into water from various sources...

Emmanuel O. Akindele 14 Oct 2020

Biodegradable Future starts production of biodegradable bottles and bags
Biodegradable Future starts production of biodegradable bottles and bagsArticle

Biodegradable Future has started production of it's own range of biodegradable bottles and bags. These products are of a commercial grade quality with no changes to quality and shelf life of the finished products...

Issued by Biodegradable Future 1 Oct 2020

Cheap plastic is flooding developing countries - we're making new biodegradable materials to help
Cheap plastic is flooding developing countries - we're making new biodegradable materials to helpArticle

Squeezed by lower fuel demand during the pandemic and the rise of renewable energy, the oil industry is staking out a new future for itself in plastics...

Deirdre McKay 29 Sep 2020

Recycling isn't enough - the world's plastic pollution crisis is only getting worse
Recycling isn't enough - the world's plastic pollution crisis is only getting worseArticle

Plastic production and consumption has snowballed since large-scale production began in the 1950s...

Stephanie B. Borrelle 18 Sep 2020

CCBSA expands rollout of returnable PET plastic bottles
CCBSA expands rollout of returnable PET plastic bottlesArticle

Following successful launches in Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Gauteng, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa is continuing the roll-out of its 2L returnable PET plastic bottle...

3 Sep 2020

Have your say on plastic bag regulations
Have your say on plastic bag regulationsArticle

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has invited members of the public to comment on the intention to amend the Environment Conservation Act Plastic Carrier Bags and Plastic Flat Bags Regulations...

24 Aug 2020

#PulpNonFiction: Truth and trash in the circular economy
#PulpNonFiction: Truth and trash in the circular economyArticle

Rereading Terry Pratchett's, The Truth, Bronwyn Williams was struck by a minor character who reminded her that every messy problem is a business opportunity in disguise and tells us how this side story is playing out in various guises around the world...

Bronwyn Williams 24 Aug 2020

25 Woolies stores now free from plastic shopping bags
25 Woolies stores now free from plastic shopping bagsArticle

Woolworths has announced that 25 stores, including some of its largest full line stores and three food markets, are now single-use plastic shopping bag free...

17 Aug 2020

Plastics could help build a sustainable future - here's how
Plastics could help build a sustainable future - here's howArticle

The disposal of plastics is a global problem. They are nearly indestructible in natural conditions but are discarded worldwide on a large scale...

Sibele Cestari 13 Aug 2020

While fighting Covid-19 we may be losing the war against plastic pollution
While fighting Covid-19 we may be losing the war against plastic pollutionArticle

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in South Africa and across the world, vast quantities of plastic waste are also rising...

Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa 29 Jul 2020

Draft regulations place greater responsibility on producers of lighting, electronic, paper and packaging products
Draft regulations place greater responsibility on producers of lighting, electronic, paper and packaging productsArticle

It is estimated that South Africa generates approximately 108 million tonnes of waste per year. As much as 90% of this waste (with an estimated value of more than R25.2 billion) is dumped or disposed of in landfill sites across the country, which are rapidly filling up and approaching closure...

Francois Joubert and Julia Rushton 21 Jul 2020

Woolies steps up sustainable packaging efforts during #PlasticFreeJuly
Woolies steps up sustainable packaging efforts during #PlasticFreeJulyArticle

Woolworths has announced two new paper packaging trials and the start of the national rollout of the specially-designed paper bags for fashion, beauty and homeware purchases to 17 stores...

17 Jul 2020

Africa, waste and the butterfly effect
Africa, waste and the butterfly effectArticle

In light of the 57th Africa Day last month, we are prompted to reflect on the havoc that Covid-19 is wreaking not only across the continent, but across the world...

Adwoa Coleman 4 Jun 2020

Woolies winter wear incorporates textiles made from recycled PET bottles
Woolies winter wear incorporates textiles made from recycled PET bottlesArticle

Woolworths has diverted over a million 500ml PET bottles from waste streams and recycled them into polyester materials to be used in some of the retailer's 2020 winter fashion ranges...

3 Jun 2020

SA's Use-It wins in inaugural HSBC Future Skills Innovation Challenge
SA's Use-It wins in inaugural HSBC Future Skills Innovation ChallengeArticle

The 12 winners of the inaugural HSBC Future Skills Innovation Challenge include South Africa's Use-It, an organisation that teaches young people how to manufacture innovative products out of waste...

29 May 2020

Are we heading back towards single-use plastic because of coronavirus?
Are we heading back towards single-use plastic because of coronavirus?Article

The battle against plastic pollution has rapidly gained momentum in recent years.

Holly Turner and Louise Wihlborn 15 May 2020

Plastic: Can't live without it, can reinvent it!
Plastic: Can't live without it, can reinvent it!Article

Biodegradable plastics can be just useful as regular plastics, too. They maintain their strength, they're affordable and the additive can be applied to the vast majority of plastic products...

Dean Lynch, Issued by Bean Content 2 Apr 2020

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