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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

How Splashy Fen Music Festival is going plastic-free in 2019
How Splashy Fen Music Festival is going plastic-free in 2019

The Splashy Fen Music Festival English has made the decision to go plastic-free from 2019...

1 Apr 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

Last chance to register for The Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019
Last chance to register for The Trialogue Business in Society Conference 2019

Registration for the Trialogue Business in Society Conference closes on Wednesday, 3 April 2019. Join more than 400 development stakeholders for a dynamic exchange of ideas on how to enhance and sustain impact in development work...

Issued by Trialogue 29 Mar 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

How dirty is the Cape Flats groundwater?
How dirty is the Cape Flats groundwater?

The groundwater we are extracting from the Cape Flats to augment drinking supply and make us more drought resilient, is too polluted to use without it being treated...

By Steve Kretzmann 29 Mar 2019

Massmart salutes sustainable suppliers
Massmart salutes sustainable suppliers

Nestlé was awarded top honours at the fifth annual Massmart Supplier Environmental Awards, which recognise top-performing suppliers...

28 Mar 2019

Danone unveils €240m sustainable baby food plant in the Netherlands
Danone unveils €240m sustainable baby food plant in the Netherlands

Danone has opened a new Nutricia production facility in the Netherlands, to meet growing, global demand for specialised infant formula...

28 Mar 2019

#Propak19: Propak Africa 2019 embraces sustainability
#Propak19: Propak Africa 2019 embraces sustainability

This year sustainability was a golden thread throughout Propak Africa 2019, with many exhibitors embracing good environmental practices...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Mar 2019

We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history
We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history

A powerful marriage between the fossil fuel and plastic industries threatens to exacerbate the global plastic pollution crisis...

By Trisia Farrelly 27 Mar 2019

Second-hand clothing industry turning the tide on fast fashion
Second-hand clothing industry turning the tide on fast fashion

"We don't have enough resources to keep feeding this monster" - the stark words of warning about the new clothing industry from Maria Chenoweth, chief executive of Traid, a UK charity working to stop clothes being thrown away...

26 Mar 2019

Sunlight raises recycling awareness through packaging innovation
Sunlight raises recycling awareness through packaging innovation

Over 5 years' worth of development work has culminated in the launch of Sunlight's new 100% recycled and recyclable bottle...

20 Mar 2019

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