keyboard_arrow_upEvery South African can be an eco-warrior
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Each year, the local plastics industry welcomes the arrival of Spring and warmer weather by encouraging citizens to help make a difference where they live, work, learn or play by participating in Clean-Up & Recycle SA Week. Clean-Up & Recycle SA Week is an annual public awareness week during which plastics and other litter are […]

keyboard_arrow_upLooking to science for food security solutions
keyboard_arrow_downLooking to science for food security solutions

BY: Chyreene Truluck, Spoor & Fisher South Africa Global food security is increasingly challenging in light of population growth, the impact of climate change on crop production, and limited land available for agricultural expansion. One solution has been presented in the form of gene editing, a technology – based on a natural process – that […]

keyboard_arrow_upTate & Lyle announces ambitious new environmental targets
keyboard_arrow_downTate & Lyle announces ambitious new environmental targets

Tate & Lyle has announced a set of ambitious new environmental targets and commitments. These targets are aligned to the delivery of Tate & Lyle’s purpose, Improving Lives for Generations, a key pillar of which is to care for our planet and protect its natural resources for the benefit of future generations. One of Tate […]

keyboard_arrow_upADM announces aggressive new sustainability goals
keyboard_arrow_downADM announces aggressive new sustainability goals

ADM has announced commitments to reduce water intensity by 10 per cent and achieve a 90 per cent landfill diversion rate by 2035 as part of an aggressive plan to continue to reduce the company’s environmental footprint. The commitments were announced as part of the company’s Corporate Sustainability Report, which also includes updates on ADM’s […]

keyboard_arrow_upSafe chemical kills hitchhiker pest and preserves fruit quality
keyboard_arrow_downSafe chemical kills hitchhiker pest and preserves fruit quality

BY: Dr Alec Basson, senior science writer at Stellenbosch University A Stellenbosch post-doctoral research fellow is looking at alternative pest control technologies for South Africa’s agricultural export industries.

keyboard_arrow_upPETCO assists waste reclaimers during lockdown with food voucher donation
keyboard_arrow_downPETCO assists waste reclaimers during lockdown with food voucher donation

PETCO and the South African Waste Pickers Association donated food vouchers to 240 families in Sasolburg Vaalpark to ease the plight of reclaimers during the COVID-19 lockdown.

keyboard_arrow_upLimpopo residents become eco-warriors
keyboard_arrow_downLimpopo residents become eco-warriors

Residents in northern Limpopo are becoming eco-warriors thanks to a new campaign which aims to see environmental waste reduced and much-needed jobs created.

keyboard_arrow_upSA’s new waste strategy takes aim at organic waste
keyboard_arrow_downSA’s new waste strategy takes aim at organic waste

South Africa has a newly revised national waste management strategy that has ambitious goals and waste reduction targets; one being to divert more organic waste away from landfill.

keyboard_arrow_upMilk bottles set the standard for successful recycling in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downMilk bottles set the standard for successful recycling in South Africa

Last year over 75 per cent of High-density polyethylene (HDPE) milk and beverage bottles were recycled, injecting a significant amount of material back into the market to be repurposed.

keyboard_arrow_upChina leads the world in ban of single-use plastics
keyboard_arrow_downChina leads the world in ban of single-use plastics

The indications have been that China has been taking its plastic rubbish crisis very seriously.

keyboard_arrow_upThe future of food lies in sustainability
keyboard_arrow_downThe future of food lies in sustainability

With a rapidly growing population, adopting sustainable production practices on a global scale is an imperative to safeguard the future of our planet. The food supply chain is certainly one area where there is urgent need for improved sustainability. Without food – this precious resource currently being wasted across the supply chain – society as […]

keyboard_arrow_upUPM Raflatac goes BPA-free
keyboard_arrow_downUPM Raflatac goes BPA-free

From January 2020 the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) will no longer be allowed to be used in making thermal paper in the European Union. In response, UPM Raflatac has announced its portfolio of thermal label papers and films is now BPA-free. Moreover, the company is providing total phenol-free thermal label paper options.

keyboard_arrow_upDenny launches 100 per cent compostable mushroom punnets
keyboard_arrow_downDenny launches 100 per cent compostable mushroom punnets

Proudly South African company Denny Mushrooms is thrilled to announce that from 29 November it will package its sustainable mushrooms in 100 per cent compostable punnets for selected Spars around the country.

keyboard_arrow_upThe road to ending plastic waste in SA
keyboard_arrow_downThe road to ending plastic waste in SA

The South African Initiative to End Plastic Waste has already made important progress in its efforts to find workable solutions that will end plastic from polluting the environment.

keyboard_arrow_upHow to keep organic waste out of the landfill and put to good use
keyboard_arrow_downHow to keep organic waste out of the landfill and put to good use

BiobiN is the new waste management system in South Africa that brings an easy solution for diverting food and organic waste away from landfill sites by composting. BiobiN has been carefully designed to reduce odours, flies and rodents. ‘By having a BiobiN on your premises, not only are you able to produce high quality compost, […]

keyboard_arrow_upFarmers and manufacturers come together to discuss sustainable agriculture
keyboard_arrow_downFarmers and manufacturers come together to discuss sustainable agriculture

Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food and beverage solutions, gathered more than 80 members of the value chain together in Lafayette, Indiana to discuss opportunities to collaborate and bolster sustainable agriculture.

keyboard_arrow_upVanilla is the flavour of change
keyboard_arrow_downVanilla is the flavour of change

Unilever UK and Ireland’s leading ice cream brand Wall’s has partnered with Save the Children, Symrise and ME to WE. The initiative will allow consumers to see the real change Wall’s is making in the lives of young people in vanilla farming communities and at home.

keyboard_arrow_upSaving the soil is key to fighting climate change
keyboard_arrow_downSaving the soil is key to fighting climate change

Dozens of farmers and food companies, including Anheuser-Busch, MegaFood, Rick Clark (partnered with Danone North America) and Leah Penniman, are being recognised by national nonprofit Green America in honour of  World Food Day . Soil SuperHeroes are working to provide major solutions to the climate crisis by employing regenerative soil stewardship practices that build soil […]

keyboard_arrow_upHow to design packaging for the environment
keyboard_arrow_downHow to design packaging for the environment

To facilitate efforts by companies to think about their product packaging with reuse and recycling in mind, the PET Plastic Recycling Company (PETCO) has released a definitive guide to packaging design, created specifically for the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) manufacturing sector.

keyboard_arrow_upWhy the food waste crisis needs to be addressed now
keyboard_arrow_downWhy the food waste crisis needs to be addressed now

We are in the midst of a food waste crisis, and the world must respond to reverse its impact before it is too late.

keyboard_arrow_upTechnology is crucial to enhanced sustainability
keyboard_arrow_downTechnology is crucial to enhanced sustainability

While you may think you know what the word ‘sustainability’ means for your business, in reality it isn’t just about introducing environmental initiatives nor is it about standalone Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.

keyboard_arrow_upCollective responsibility needs to be taken to ensure food and water
keyboard_arrow_downCollective responsibility needs to be taken to ensure food and water

With the planet at a ‘tipping point’, civil society, industry and public sector have to take urgent collective action to reduce plastic, eliminate waste and ensure food and water security, experts said at the opening of IFAT Africa, food & drink technology (fdt) Africa and analytica Lab Africa this month.

keyboard_arrow_upNew study finds fruit waste can be used as natural food preservatives
keyboard_arrow_downNew study finds fruit waste can be used as natural food preservatives

Large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives.

keyboard_arrow_upTru-Cape strives to be environmentally friendly
keyboard_arrow_downTru-Cape strives to be environmentally friendly

Although there is a heightened awareness and pressure from consumers and supermarkets, particularly in Europe, at the moment, to limit plastics and other carbon-emission heavy items, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, and many in the South African apple and pear industry, have for some years now been actively working to reduce the environmental cost of fruit production.

keyboard_arrow_upSAB supports recycling start-ups in Tembisa
keyboard_arrow_downSAB supports recycling start-ups in Tembisa

SAB has developed a waste recovery programme in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg, supporting 54 previously unemployed young men and women organised into registered co-operatives and managing their own waste recycling businesses.

keyboard_arrow_upSuccess of plastics recycling rates
keyboard_arrow_downSuccess of plastics recycling rates

Plastics|SA has released the plastics recycling figures for the year ending 2017. For the seventh year in a row, the recycling of plastic has continued to grow.

keyboard_arrow_upFemale workers are integral to restoring Cape Town’s natural water supply systems
keyboard_arrow_downFemale workers are integral to restoring Cape Town’s natural water supply systems

When Sheree Adonis (20) graduated from high school in 2015, she had dreams of finding a job and starting a career. But job opportunities in her home town of Mamre, a community living about 30 kilometres north of the City of Cape Town, were few and far between. Despite applying for jobs via the internet, […]

keyboard_arrow_upWhy sustainable supply chains are critical
keyboard_arrow_downWhy sustainable supply chains are critical

Conversation about environmental practices and the behaviour of individuals and businesses when it comes to sustainability are making headlines. The City of Johannesburg announced a new programme compelling residents to separate waste at its source as of 1 July to not only curb the environmental impact within the city, but also manage rapidly decreasing landfill […]

keyboard_arrow_upPolystyrene recycling on the rise
keyboard_arrow_downPolystyrene recycling on the rise

South Africa’s success with the collection and recycling of post-consumer polystyrene continues to grow. This is owing to combined efforts by collectors and recyclers around the country. In spite of the difficulty in recycling plastic, polystyrene figures have increased over the past eight years.

keyboard_arrow_upReduce waste with new skin packs
keyboard_arrow_downReduce waste with new skin packs

On 16 May, Sealed Air hosted an event at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, to address sustainability issues for primary packaging. The event included a number of discussions by company representatives. The Sealed Air team show the latest skin packs launched with Stockdale alongside Valentino Branchi, sales director for the Middle East and Africa, and Marteau […]