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Stop trying to recycle these common materials

Most of us go to great lengths to recycle our products, and feel pretty good when we dump our old envelopes and coffee cups into the designated paper bin instead of the regular trash. But now an expert in waste management has explained what actually ends up being recycled, and what holds up the process, and it turns out we’ve been doing it wrong all along. Article by Fiona MacDonald, ScienceAlert...

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Plastics industry propelled by recycling versatility

The inherent versatility of plastics recycling, including the industry’s ability to recycle most grades and compositions of plastics, contributes strongly to plastics and synthetic fibres’ strong market acceptance, sustainable use and eco friendliness, says Cape Town-based plastics recycler the Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco). For the full article featured in Engineeringnews.co.za, please...

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Land-based strategies for a plastic – free ocean

Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic – free ocean Interesting report by McKinsey Center for Business and Environment. The main purpose of this report is to highlight viable improvement opportunities that exist today.  Therefore, the analysis of how plastic leaks into the ocean, as well as research on near-term solutions and their economics, are at the heart of this work....

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PLASTIC BAG RE-USED FOR 34 YEARS

Grandfather re-uses Tesco plastic bag for 34 years Martin McCaskie from Mold in North Wales is taking being thrifty to great heights by reusing the same plastic Tesco carrier bag for 34 years. Click on the link below to read the full story published in Plastics Today by Kari Embree http://www.plasticstoday.com/articles/grandfather-re-uses-tesco-plastic-bag-for-34-years-151203?cid=nl.plas08.2015...

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PACKAGING SA SIGNS THE DECLARATION FOR SOLUTIONS ON MARINE LITTER

Packaging SA recently signed the Declaration of the Plastics Industry Global Action Team on Marine Debris (GAT). Packaging SA is in full support of the drive to prevent marine litter. Above: Douw Steyn, Director Sustainability, Plastics|SA, Charles Muller, CEO, Packaging SA and Rowan le Roux, Chairman, Plastics|SA Sustainability Council)…signed at Plastics|SA Sustainability Council meeting,...

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Ralph von Veh – Packaging Achiever 2015

South African Food Review article on the Gold Pack Awards ceremony featuring Packaging SA’s Packaging Achiever of the Year 2015 – Ralph von Veh. http://www.foodreview.co.za/events-and-expos/1602-gold-pack-awards-2015-recognises-innovation-in-south-african-packaging?utm_source=Food+Review+Newsletter&utm_campaign=048c993aec-FRV_Newsletter_13_1111_13_2015&utm_medium=email&...

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Benefits of embracing sustainability and green manufacturing

Sustainable manufacturing is past being something that’s “nice to have.” It is now a vital aspect of the manufacturing industry. When manufacturers change their processes to make their company more environmentally friendly, people often refer to the company as “going green.” Sustainable manufacturing is practiced across the globe, and companies have invested billions...

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DELTA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE WINS AWARD

KUDU AWARD from S.A. NATIONAL PARKS Delta  Environmental Centre  (DEC) is  truly honoured  to have won a KUDU Award from S A National Parks at a prestigious function held at the C S I R Conference Centre in Pretoria on 16 October 2015. The Award in the “Environmental Education and Capacity Building” category, was awarded to DEC “in recognition of our commitment and wide reach in developing young...

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Fun ways to encourage recycling at home

Let’s face it – it’s going to be a waste of time teaching your kids to live a green lifestyle if you don’t act that way yourself. Just recycling here and there, whenever the urge takes you, isn’t going to do anyone any good – especially the planet. By going green – all the time – your children are much more likely to follow suit. Kids look up to their parents and often emulate their actions – the...

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Business-like responsibility in a green and circular way

ADVERTORIAL by PETCO The ideas intrinsic to sustainable development, extended producer responsibility (EPR), and the circular economy directly affect organisational triple bottom line accountability. The trick lies in juggling public accountability and the ideals of a greener economy with having the resources available to provide the goods and services needed in a country where there are still...

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