Ronnie Recycler (Mpact Recycling celebrity mascot) says that by recycling our milk and juice cartons, we prevent them from becoming waste and give them a new life. This is a big deal because by doing so we also get to protect our natural resources, and reduce the dangers of litter on our environment, as well as health problems linked to air and land pollution. What exactly is ‘waste’? Waste is anything that we throw away or get rid of, and it doesn’t get re-used. That waste can lie around as litter on the ground, or it eventually gets collected and dumped in what is called a ‘landfill’, where it could remain forever. Companies like Mpact Recycling collect and separate that waste material, so that it can then be sent to the appropriate Mpact mill where it is made into new reels of paper and eventually new packaging products. That is a lot better than letting it remain as litter. How can you help? If your school runs a recycling programme, look out for our green Ronnie bank and deposit as much as possible of your recyclables - including paper packaging, and your milk and juice cartons. Just make sure the carton is empty of all its contents and flattened before you dispose it for recycling. When these banks are filled up, Mpact Recycling collects the recyclables and often you can even get to meet Ronnie Recycler himself on one of his many school visits around the country, where he encourages recycling among the youth. Get your school signed up onto the Ronnie Recycler programme – if they are not recycling already. This way you can play your part in saving the environment, by disposing of these, and all other recyclable paper products, in your nearest Ronnie bank at a church or community centre plus they will raise much needed funds through your donation. Alternatively, you can participate through Mpact Recycling’s kerbside collection service which is provided at no cost to households and has been running for over twenty years. Instead of . . .
The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) hosted a successful Vinyls SA Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton last week. Delegates representing the leaders of the local PVC industry, the media and other interested parties attended the presentations by international and local experts that centred around issues relating to the manufacture, use and recycling of PVC. “Like any other industry, the vinyls is facing various challenges that it needs to address from an environmental, health and business point of view in an ever-evolving arena. We are taking our responsibility towards sustainability seriously and are constantly reviewing our Product Stewardship Commitment to ensure that we stay abreast of developments and are proud of the progress our industry has made! The timing of this year’s event was therefore critical and we are grateful that it was so well attended,” says Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA. Local and international experts share the stage The Vinyl SA 2017 conference was the second international conference hosted by SAVA and built on the success of its first event that took place in 2014. Global speakers who presented papers and answered questions raised by delegates included Peter Willis, owner of “Conversations that Count”, who delivered the key-note address, Ian Lilja of the Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA), who delivered an update on the VCA Product Stewardship Programme and Dr Brigitte Dero, General Manager of the European Council for Vinyl Manufacturers and VinylsPlus, who provided an expert overview of the European Regulatory and Policy Context. Local experts such as Gerhard Kuhn, Senior Economist at the IDC, Renier Snyman of DPI Plastics, Tandy Coleman of Polyflor SA and Mike Smart of Genesis Consulting provided insights into local challenges, opportunities and developments impacting the PVC industry. Industry Awards recognise contributions to PVC growth, development Another highlight of the conference, was the SAVA . . .
For too long sharks have been unfairly portrayed as aquatic villains, with unnecessary fearmongering and human greed leading to the decimation of several shark species to the point of near extinction. In an effort to turn the tide and save this 450-million-year-old underwater inhabitant, all ocean-user groups are encouraged to participate in the sixth annual Paddle Out For Sharks (POFS) event taking place on Saturday, 17 June at 8am. In support of World Ocean Day’s ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’ celebrated on 8 June, ocean lovers – including surfers, divers, swimmers, anglers, spearfishermen, scuba divers, lifesavers, SUP paddlers, bodyboards, conservation groups and more – will take to the water, leaving all differences ashore, in the hopes of uniting to raise awareness about sharks and the importance of their natural habitat. “All ocean lovers, conservation and ocean-user groups are invited to join the Paddle Out for Sharks event this Saturday at Scottburgh backline at 8am when we gather as a community to celebrate our local population of sharks on Aliwal Shoal,” commented Shannon Dean on behalf of Shark Angels South Africa. “We need to spread the word that live sharks are worth more than dead sharks as they contribute hugely to sustainable ecotourism. The Sharks of Aliwal Shoal are also instrumental in educating the public through positive outreach programmes and, more importantly, these marine animals are vital for a healthy and thriving ecosystem.” Drawing on the surfing tradition of ‘paddling out’ in memory of a fallen surfer, POFS acknowledges the millions of sharks that are cruelly decimated every year for sport, as a delicacy or captured in nets across the coastline annually. Their role within the marine ecosystem and, by extension, significance on all terrestrial life, cannot be overlooked any longer. “The Paddle Out for Sharks platform is excited that beach users and scuba divers will be coming together for the sixth consecutive year to celebrate . . .
The South African plastics industry recently launched Operation Clean Sweep on World Oceans Day (8 June 2017) at the uShaka Marine World, Durban. According to Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics|SA, the primary goal of the campaign is to stop plastic pellets, flakes and powder used in the plastics industry, from reaching the sea. “We as the plastics industry produce the pellets and flakes used to manufacture plastic bags, bottles and other plastic products. When these micro-plastics are spilt during the manufacturing process, they are swept into drains from where they enter the sewerage system and eventually end up in our rivers and ultimately the sea. These pellets are smaller than a sunflower seed, therefore not easy to pick up during regular beach clean-ups. As a result, they are ingested by turtles, birds and marine life," Steyn explains. Mark Liptrot, Sustainability Manager at the packaging company, Constantia Afripak, said the extended effect of plastics on the ocean is a growing problem as micro-plastics attract chemical pollutants that are ingested by marine life, which, in turn, is eaten by other marine animals. Addressing the media, industry and members of the public who attended the breakfast launch, Steyn emphasised that plastics are integral to every aspect of our lives, particularly in protecting food from contamination. “It is where we use it, how we use it and what we do with the plastic product once we are done with it,that is important. To address this problem and offer a workable solution, Plastics|SA launched “Operation Clean Sweep” - a worldwide drive aimed at reducing the amount of plastic pellets that end up in rivers and ultimately in the ocean”, Steyn said. He added that the plastics industry as a whole had a role to play –from the producers and importers of raw materials pellets and flakes, to the converters and manufacturers of plastic products, as well as the recycling companies. "Our goal is to achieve zero . . .
What:The Last Male Standing Rhino Cup When: June 17 and 18, 2017 Where: Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy (Home of the last male Northern White Rhino) Contacts: Kenya - Rob Stevenson - email@example.com or +254 (0) 707 407 221, Australia - Nathan Dale - Nathan.firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 (0) 400 101 020 Cricketers from across the globe will join the Maasai Cricket Warriors and Nairobi’s Obuya Academy for a two day LMS Cricket tournament in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife conservation areas to raise awareness of the plight of the near extinct Northern White Rhino. The event organisers are hoping to raise more than $1million Kenyan Shillings from this year’s tournament to support Ol Pejeta and The East Africa Cricket & Education Foundation, which helps transforms the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young Africans through sport and education. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Last Male Standing here: http://www.lastmanstands.com/last-male-standing-rhino-cup-media-alert Twitter: https://twitter.com/lastmanstands Facebook: https://facebook.com/LastManStands . . .
Crystal Lagoons is the multinational that’s on everyone’s tongue at the moment, with a product that has become the world’s top amenity. It’s an innovation that’s taking the world by storm, making real-estate’s axiom of location, location, location obsolete. And it’s about to change the way you see the Pretoria lifestyle. Hot on the heels of the announcement of Crystal Lagoons’ involvement in the new Blyde Riverwalk development in Pretoria East, Balwin Properties announced an increase in profits for the year ended February 2017, citing differentiation as the key to gaining a competitive edge. Crystal Lagoons’ patented technology allows for the construction of crystal-clear man-made lagoons of unlimited size at very low construction and maintenance costs. This particular development will feature a turquoise lagoon the size of just over two rugby fields, surrounded by a stretch of beachfront. Crystal Lagoons represents an innovative initiative that has the potential to offer a one-of-a-kind lifestyle for users, regardless of where they live. The crystal-clear lagoon can be filled with fresh, brackish, or even salt water and uses 2% of the energy of standard swimming pool filtration technologies, and 100 times less additives. A typical lagoon uses 30 times less water than a standard golf course of the same size. Crystal Lagoons has developed a new film-based technology that further reduces the already very low water consumption of crystal-clear lagoons. When applied, this technology can reduce water consumption by 75%, in comparison to a park or farmland. Alastair Sinclair, Crystal Lagoons’ Regional Director for Africa, says the partnership represents exciting opportunities for areas such as Pretoria. “This project serves to further extend our footprint on the African continent. From 2015 to 2016, average rental prices for a 1-bedroom flat in the Western Cape have jumped by 23% compared to Gauteng’s modest increase of 10%. This is driving more people to . . .
The successful staging of the second Mdumbi Green Fair Music Festival at Mdumbi Point on the Wild Coast was held in May. A popular and unique fundraiser for TransCape NPO, which is deeply involved in development work in the area, and with the surrounding Xhosa communities, the festival not only draws much needed tourists to the region and thus provides income opportunities for the local population, but it is also used as an opportunity to educate the community about the importance of reforesting the area. With that in mind, Husqvarna, a world leader in outdoor power products, along with its local dealer, Outdoor Machine Shop, sponsored 150 indigenous trees to the event that were planted over the weekend. Not only that, this sponsorship also helped pay to fence off the newly planted area and for the employment of community members to dig the holes and help with the planting. Co-organiser and one of the sponsors, Wayne Barton of Tata Waste, said: “Mdumbi was nominated by Getaway magazine as the most beautiful beach in our country, but the vegetation around it has been eroded over the years. With people constantly having to source firewood for cooking, along with goats, sheep and cattle eating new seedling trees, there has been little hope for a sustainable forest eco-system. Today there are very few trees left for tourists to sit under in the hot summer months. We need to re-establish the forest, and thanks to Husqvarna’s valuable donation, we can dramatically enhance the area as a tourist attraction.” He added that other factors endangering the coastal forests were the intruder plants inkberry and lantana. “To plant the 150 trees we cleared these plants from the allocated piece of land by derooting them. That was a huge job and took us, plus four community employees, five long days. This was all made possible through Husqvarna’s contribution.” He thanked Husqvarna for its willingness to sponsor and be involved in the event. “The area has no industry . . .
South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) is inviting entries to this year’s Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards. SAPRO is proud to announce the sixth prestigious competition, with the aim of acknowledging the wide variety of products that are locally manufactured using recycled materials. History of the competition The Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards were held for the first time in 2010 and has been dubbed “The Oscars of the plastics recycling industry”. Each year the competition grows both in the number of entries and in the variety of different products being submitted. This biennial competition, hosted in cooperation with Plastics|SA, showcases the tremendous amount of ingenuity and creativity our local product designers have, and aims to encourage brand owners to seriously consider recycled plastics as a material of choice. Whether they are designing packaging or pallets, shoes or shopping bags, this competition has demonstrated that there is no limitation to where and how recycled plastics can be used. Previous overall winners include the City of Cape Town and MPACT Plastic Containers with their Fifty/50 Wheelie Bin (2015), Unilever with their Sunlight Dishwashing bottle (2013), Lasher Tools with their Eco-Wheelbarrow (2012), Woolworths and Polypet with their 1.5 litre juice bottle (2011) and Tufflex Materials with their innovative railway sleeper made from mixed materials (2010). Winners of this year’s competition will be announced at a gala dinner in Gauteng during Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week (11-17 September 2017). Product categories and judging criteria In order to encourage even greater participation and entries by local converters and innovators, this year’s competition will have the following five distinct product categories: Products made from 100% post-consumer recyclate Products containing a percentage post-consumer recyclate Products made from recycled mixed materials Novel and . . .
Come listen to our designer David Davidson's experience of the #ChelseaFlowerShow2017 and see his fantastic photos. A Kirstenbosch Garden entry ticket or Botanical Society membership is all that is needed to attend the talk. South African National Biodiversity Institute#RHSChelsea CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Recycled Homes For A New Future This years ECR House and Garden Show presents a forest of new home innovations to refresh your space, inside and out, including a brand new move in the quest to go green. African Green Revolution (AGR) presents the African Green Revolution House, a sophisticated new low cost home made exclusively from recycled products. The one room structure is crafted from re-purposed plastic, including two litre plastic bottles for bricks and plastic bottle lids for flooring. The house is the cornerstone of the African Green Revolution initiative, spearheaded by Michelle Markram from MSQ Interiors. “We are focusing on providing sustainable homes to displaced families currently living in informal settlements,” said Markram. ‘We’ve used solid waste to form the house’s key building structures. In this way we have the ability to re-purpose tons of rubbish, thereby reducing the amount sent to landfills and environmental impact in general.’ With an integrated team of professional development consultants that include specialist town-planners, engineers, and environmental and legal consultants, AGR are taking the fight to waste as well as providing stylish and sustainable living solutions. While the focus is on waste reduction, there is also a thrust towards the re-generation of communities and sustainable practices going forward. The AGR House includes a re-purposed wooden pallete roof top vegetable garden, envisioned to become a long term source of food for the resident family. “Our goal is to both solve sustainable building issues and inspire new innovations,” said Markram. “The AGR House demonstrates the value and the wealth in waste, a profound new direction for society as a whole to move toward.” Date/s: 30 June to 9 July 2017 Show Times: Mon – Thurs 10am – 9pm | Fri – Sat 10am – 10pm | Sun 10am – 8pm Entrance Fees: R85 adults | R60 seniors (over 60) and students (bring student ID) | Under 12 FREE (with adult) Mid-Week . . .