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4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020
4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020

All 16 finalists will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1,000 to expand the scope of their projects...

19 Feb 2020

Ridding Africa of hazardous wastes - COP-3 Bamako Convention under way in Brazzaville
Ridding Africa of hazardous wastes - COP-3 Bamako Convention under way in Brazzaville

The Bamako Convention prohibits the import into Africa and the dumping or incineration into ocean and inland water of hazardous wastes...

13 Feb 2020

4 new members join WEEE Forum in tackling global e-waste challenge
4 new members join WEEE Forum in tackling global e-waste challenge

Four new members, two of which are from outside Europe, have joined the WEEE Forum, a Brussels-based, international not-for-profit association speaking for forty not-for-profit electrical and electronic equipment waste producer responsibility organisations...

24 Jan 2020

Water sachet use in Ghana: how to stop the pollution
Water sachet use in Ghana: how to stop the pollution

Almost 2,500 tons of waste is generated daily in Accra. This is as a result of refuse being dumped and the environment being littered with polythene, bottles and drinking water sachets...

By Alexander Diani Kofi Preko 23 Jan 2020

How the Shoprite Group is curbing its plastic packaging waste
How the Shoprite Group is curbing its plastic packaging waste

The Shoprite Group is now using the 4,000 tonnes of plastic returned annually to its distribution centres to produce its 100% recycled and recyclable plastic shopping bags...

22 Jan 2020

Nestlé to cut virgin plastic use and invest in sustainable packaging innovation
Nestlé to cut virgin plastic use and invest in sustainable packaging innovation

Swiss food giant Nestlé plans to invest $2.1 billion to cut its use of virgin plastics in favour of food-grade recycled plastics, and accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions...

20 Jan 2020

Lagos beaches have a microplastic pollution problem
Lagos beaches have a microplastic pollution problem

Plastic debris is everywhere and has grabbed the attention of environmental policy makers and regulators...

By Ifenna Ilechukwu 10 Dec 2019

Pick n Pay trials 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone in Cape Town
Pick n Pay trials 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone in Cape Town

Pick n Pay is piloting a new 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone that allows customers to purchase a wide range of products without any packaging...

4 Dec 2019

Food Lover's Market places national ban on plastic bags
Food Lover's Market places national ban on plastic bags

Food Lover's Market has banned plastic bags in all national corporate stores as of 1 December 2019, and will only be offering paper bags, boxes and Food Lover's Market canvas bags going forward...

3 Dec 2019

First traceable F&B packaging using plant-based polymers launched
First traceable F&B packaging using plant-based polymers launched

Tetra Pak, together with its supplier Braskem, has become the first company in the food and beverage industry to responsibly source plant-based polymers using the Bonsucro standards...

19 Nov 2019

Embracing disruptive innovation in the social development sector - a road map for 2020 and beyond
Embracing disruptive innovation in the social development sector - a road map for 2020 and beyond

Globally, the development sector stands on the edge of a precipice, says Reana Rossouw, founder and owner of Next Generation Consultants, a specialist management consultancy focused on impactful social innovation...

Issued by Next Generation 5 Nov 2019

Upward trajectory towards environmental sustainability
Upward trajectory towards environmental sustainability

Worldwide, corporates are increasingly expected, if not compelled, to exercise sound environmental management practices and ensure compliance with prevailing environmental law...

By Justine Sweet 29 Oct 2019

Unilever pledges to slash use of new plastics
Unilever pledges to slash use of new plastics

Unilever has committed to reduce plastic waste across its portfolio and help create a circular economy for plastics. The pledge includes halving its use of virgin plastic...

9 Oct 2019

PETCO releases definitive guide to recyclable packaging design
PETCO releases definitive guide to recyclable packaging design

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...

9 Oct 2019

New study: Most plastic found at sea is dumped unlawfully by ships
New study: Most plastic found at sea is dumped unlawfully by ships

A significant proportion of marine plastic comes from ships dumping their litter at sea in contravention of international law...

3 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Could fungi save the fashion world?
Could fungi save the fashion world?

Environmental action group Extinction Rebellion is disrupting London Fashion Week to highlight the harms of throwaway culture and the concurrent climate emergency that the clothing market contributes to...

By Sam Vettese and Ian Singleton 13 Sep 2019

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How potential of massive e-waste dump in Ghana can be harnessed

Agbogbloshie in Ghana is a vast urban area that houses a massive e-waste recycling dump. Situated on the banks of the Korle Lagoon alongside the Old Fadama slum, it is home to around 80 000 people...

By Alison Stowell 10 Sep 2019

Global Change Award 2020: Submit your sustainable fashion innovation
Global Change Award 2020: Submit your sustainable fashion innovation

H&M Foundation has opened entries for its annual innovation challenge, the Global Change Award. Dubbed the 'Nobel Prize of fashion', it aims to reduce fashion's impact on the planet...

9 Sep 2019

Nestlé announces winners of sub-Saharan Africa innovation challenge
Nestlé announces winners of sub-Saharan Africa innovation challenge

African startups Shopit, Exportunity and Wakulima from South Africa, Benin and Tanzania respectively, emerged the winners of the Nestlé Research and Development sub-Saharan innovation challenge...

4 Sep 2019

WWF and SA retailers team up to simplify recycling labels
WWF and SA retailers team up to simplify recycling labels

Some of SA's biggest retailers, with the aid of WWF, are rolling out standardised recycling instructions, known as On Pack Recycling Labels (OPRLs), which will indicate whether the packaging can or cannot be recycled...

28 Aug 2019

#G7Biarritz: Fashion industry giants sign global sustainability pact
#G7Biarritz: Fashion industry giants sign global sustainability pact

Thirty-two global fashion and textile companies, including Adidas, Chanel and H&M, have signed a Fashion Pact, committing to achieving practical objectives together in three areas: climate, biodiversity and oceans...

27 Aug 2019

Eliminating packaging is a good start - but here's what supermarkets should do to stop harming the planet
Eliminating packaging is a good start - but here's what supermarkets should do to stop harming the planet

It was inspiring to read about the launch of Waitrose's trial in Oxford offering consumers a range of products free of packaging...

By Alison Stowell 21 Aug 2019

Toymaker Hasbro to phase out plastic packaging by 2023
Toymaker Hasbro to phase out plastic packaging by 2023

Hasbro, one of the world's largest toy manufacturers, has stated its ambition to eliminate all plastic in packaging for new products by the end of 2022, including plastic elements like polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets and blister packs...

21 Aug 2019

Broll report details plastic usage trends in SA retail industry
Broll report details plastic usage trends in SA retail industry

In its latest Q2:2019 Retail Snapshot, Broll Property Intel takes a look at the non-sustainable use of plastic within the South African retail environment, and various steps being taken to reverse this...

2 Aug 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Design and repair must work together to undo our legacy of waste
Design and repair must work together to undo our legacy of waste

"Design" has been one of the big words of the twentieth century. To say that an object has been designed implies a level of specialness...

By Tom Lee, Alexandra Crosby, Clare Cooper, Jesse Adams Stein and Katherine Scardifield 17 Jul 2019

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

Collective action needed in dealing with waste, water and food security
Collective action needed in dealing with waste, water and food security

Experts at the co-located IFAT Africa, food & drink technology (fdt) Africa, and analytica Lab Africa in Midrand this week called for urgent collective action from civil society, industry and the public sector in addressing waste and food and water security challenges...

11 Jul 2019

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