• Clariant Southern Africa is devoted to creating value with innovative and sustainable solutions for customers • Clariant is committed to a sustainable and ethical way of doing business • The world’s leading specialty chemicals companies, Clariant is No.2 in the Europe index and top 4th sustainable chemical sector company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Johannesburg, Friday 20th October 2017 - According to the Global Reporting Initiative, an international NGO producing the most widely used standards for sustainability reporting, 93 percent of the world’s 250 largest companies report on their sustainability performance. While currently most companies still publish these voluntary reports as separate supplements to their annual financial reports, there is an emerging trend among businesses to switch to “integrated reporting”. Chemical companies around the globe are increasingly coming to recognize not just the costs, but also the opportunities of steering their business towards greater overall sustainability – creating solid long-term value for themselves and their stakeholders across the entire triple bottom line. As one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies, sustainability is a prerequisite for Clariant’s growth in the long term. While financial performance is important, Clariant believes it can only have true and lasting value when achieved in harmony with the world – the planet we live on and the people the company works with or who expect a better life from what the company does. By deeply ingraining sustainability issues throughout its corporate reporting suite, the company strives to communicate openly and transparently with all stakeholders. “Clariant Southern Africa is committed to creating value for its stakeholders by addressing global trends and tailoring them to suit the challenges presented in the South African economy to provide sustainable and innovative products and solutions while maintaining high levels of . . .
Clariant’s beverage crate recycling affirms commitment to best sustainability practices • Clariant Business Unit Masterbatches drives initiative to reduce plastic waste through recycling • Clariant playing pivitol role in waste manangement • South Africa beverage industry benefits from Clariant’s sustanability drive Johannesburg, October 12th 2017 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has been making notable strides in contribution to best sustainability practices. By providing products and solutions for recycling beverage plastic crates made from polymer such as PE-HD (High Density Polyethylene) and PP polypropylene. Clariant contributes significantly to the South African recycling value chain. The initiative also drives awareness on the need to minimize impact on the planet additionally protecting the environment in recycling the non-biodegradable materials. Clariant Masterbatches is a recognized global leader in color and additive concentrates and performance solutions for plastics. Brand owners, product manufacturers, designers and plastics processors around the world rely on Clariant Masterbatches to help enhance the market appeal or the end-use performance of plastic products, packaging or fibers. The initiative makes a remarkable contribution to issues facing waste management in South Africa. “Though the recycling trend has been on the rise in South Africa over the past seven to eight years, Clariant business unit Masterbatches has succeeded in contributing to the increase via their continuous improvement in technology and commitment to innovation to ensure that the trend is not just another fad but an integral business tool that benefits their customers too. Cost and performance are critical elements in industrial packaging and Clariant Masterbatches has solutions for these issues and more. Customers use up to 25% of recycled material or in some cases 100% of recycled materials during production of end product without compromising . . .
Sign-it @ Syms presents the second annual Halloween celebration at Crocworld Conservation Centre on Saturday, 28th October, between 16h00 and 21h30. Located just outside Scottburgh, it will only be the second time in Crocworld’s thirty-two year history, that it will be open after normal working hours. “This year’s celebration promises to be bigger and better than last year, with ‘The Haunted House’ being the theme of the event,” said Martin Rodrigues, the Crocworld Conservation Centre manager. Rodrigues highlighted, “This is a family celebration, which will cater for all ages. A special treat for all our Halloween visitors will be the hourly, guided night tours starting at 18h30, where they will have the opportunity to observe the behaviour of the Centre’s nocturnal reptiles and birds. Special crocodile feedings will take place during these tours.” He encouraged visitors to bring along a torch so that they can easily spot the Centre’s residents. Doors to the haunted house will open from 18h00. There will be a designated scare zone, for thrill-seekers wanting a scary adrenalin rush. Children under the age of twelve can bring a container as they will be allowed to go trick-or-treating at the various candy stations throughout the Centre, between 16h00 and 18h00. Visitors will be able to tantalise their taste-buds with a wide variety of delicious snacks and meals available at the food court whilst being treated to live entertainment. Indie folk duo The North And South will boast their multi-instrumental and singing talents to guests. Durban-based musician, Jade Aucamp will also be performing during the party. For those who dare to scare, there will be a best-dressed photo competition, also including prizes for runners-up, in three categories: children (0-12 years), teens (13-18 years) and adults. Entrants need to take a picture at the photo booth at a fee of just R30. Prizes valued at over R2000, include individual annual memberships and annual . . .
Recycling used billboards made from end of life PVC banners not only help keep thousands of homeless city dwellers warm and dry, but has now also received the recognition it deserves from South Africa’s plastic recycling fraternity by walking away with a Gold Award in the category “Novel and Artistic Products” during the South African Plastic Recyclers Organisation (SAPRO) Best Recycled Product of the Year Awards held in Johannesburg recently. “Street Sleeper is a Cape Town based initiative that uses innovation to tackle the social and environmental challenges facing the homeless community. We upcycle PVC advertising billboards destined for landfill into survival sleeping bags,” explains Oliver Bain, the founder of Street Sleeper. Since 2014, Oliver and his team has made more than 8 000 sleeping bags (1 500 last year alone). Each bag uses 4sqm of end of life PVC banners thereby upcycling more than 32 000sqm (or 13 tons) of PVC billboards. Bags are distributed through feeding centres, like-minded businesses and volunteers who wish to actively engage with their homeless neighbours. SAPRO Chairman, Rudi Johannes, highlighted that the empathetic nature of the product and the volumes of goodwill left the panel of judges suitably impressed. Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA), accepted the Gold Award on behalf of Oliver and his Street Sleeper team. Delanie emphasized that the Street Sleeper project is deserving of this accolade and that SAVA is honored to be a proud supporter of this project that transforms the negative impact of waste into immediate relief for those living on the street whilst at the same time promoting social upliftment through dialogue and storytelling. “We are thrilled to have won the Gold Award as our business is all about innovation. We are always looking for different ways of tackling challenges and being recognised by the recycling industry and judges in this category is not only a huge honour, . . .
Polyflor has become the only flooring manufacturer to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating for BES 6001 certification, a standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products as certified by Britain’s Building Research Establishment (BRE), for products manufactured at its Whitefield and Teesside facilities. According to Tandy Coleman, CEO of Polyflor SA, they are immensely proud of this achievement. “Polyflor was the first flooring manufacturer to obtain BES 6001 certification in 2015 with a ‘Very Good’ rating. However, refusing to rest on their laurels, the company worked hard over the past two years to further improve their responsible sourcing procedures at manufacturing facilities to successfully achieve the highest possible rating”, Tandy says, highlighting the fact that Polyflor remains the only floorcovering manufacturer to obtain the BES 6001 standard. Polyflor has been manufacturing vinyl floors at its Whitefield manufacturing facility for over 65 years. Independent BRE auditors awarded a fantastic score of 51 out of a maximum 52 points, certifying that Polyflor’s products conform to the highest responsible sourcing standards when judged according to Organisational Management, Supply Chain Management and Environmental and Social Responsibility Management. Improving Polyflor’s BES 6001 rating has been a massive undertaking that required input from all areas of the business over the past two years. Apart from making changes to the supplier base, Polyflor also had to make certain improvements to the way things are recorded and the reporting of the company’s environmental performance in the Polyflor Sustainability Report. The hard work and challenges set out by the BES 6001 framework has driven Polyflor to scrutinize their own supply chain more than ever before with even more commitment to using trusted, local suppliers who are ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. “Considering that there are over 60 companies being assessed around the world, this is . . .
Soweto-born bird guide, conservationist and entrepreneur, Raymond Rampolokeng has been appointed brand ambassador for ZEISS HD binoculars. The appointment follows many years of tireless work to conserve the environment in Soweto and educate its youth about birds and their habitats. Known as ‘McBirdie’ in his community, Rampolokeng was born and raised in Soweto where he spent a lot of his time outdoors, riding his bicycle and, ironically, hunting birds in public open spaces. “I was very much a product of the 80s and 90s and acutely aware of the various issues my community faced,” he says. After completing his studies and spending a short period in the corporate world, Rampolokeng left his job to volunteer as an administrator at the Soweto Mountain of Hope, an initiative aimed at converting a hill in the heart of Soweto from a dumping ground and hub of criminal activity to an art, culture and environmental centre. Notably, Soweto hosted its own Children’s Summit in 2001 as part of the World Sustainable Development Summit, which took place in South Africa. “The Soweto Mountain of Hope was involved, with a view to changing the perceptions of the wetlands amongst the country’s youth. We wanted them to see the wetlands as a resource and not a dumping ground,” says Rampolokeng. It was while he was at the Soweto Mountain of Hope that he was introduced to Wits Bird Club and Birdlife SA representatives, who offered to fund a bird guide course for him in Wakkerstroom. On completing the course, Rampolokeng joined Birdlife SA where he worked as a Community Biodiversity Conservation Project Coordinator for four years. In 2008, he left the organisation to start his own eco-tourism company, Bay of Grace Tours, in anticipation of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Today, the business offers guided bird tours – coupled with off-road cycling – along the Klipriver/Klipspruit wetlands, as well as environmental education programmes for schools. As the first-ever birder from . . .
Long-term sustainable recycling in South Africa requires long-term sustainable investment in the country’s recycling capacity. This means investing in recycling facilities such as paper and plastic mills that create a market for recyclable materials. Mpact Recycling managing director, John Hunt says, “this will allow the approximately 100,000 people who rely on constant volumes of recycled material to earn a sustainable living, from the factory employees to the entrepreneurs and small business owners. “In addition, recycling decreases the pressure on South Africa’s strained landfill sites and helps to reduce municipal expenditure and the need for major capital investment.” Last year 1.4 million tonnes of recyclable paper and paper packaging was diverted from landfill. While South Africa’s annual paper recovery rate of 68.4% positions the country well ahead of the global recovery rate of 58%, the momentum of the industry can only be maintained if the demand for recyclables continues to grow. “There is a significant correlation between how much can be recycled and the type of investment that is made. Mechanical paper and plastic recycling is only economically viable in large volumes, which requires large capital investments. A recent example is Mpact’s liquid packaging recycling plant, which was launched in Springs in July 2017,” continues Hunt. The paper recycling industry has enjoyed substantial investment in recent years with several new entrants to the market. This has resulted in increased demand for material. Another boost for the industry is a robust global demand for recyclables. This kind of pull for materials creates markets for everyone collecting in the industry, from the large operators to the kerbside collectors. The plastics recycling industry has witnessed a massive demand for PET at healthy prices. There is probably a greater demand for plastic than material available, a scenario that drives the collection structure and allows . . .
Making bed bases from old car bumpers turned out to be anything but a rubbish idea for Graham Coleman and Gianni Nosenzo of Cycliq in Wadeville – two veterans of the bedding industry whose innovative Space Base Bed Base was awarded the SAPRO Trophy for the Best Recycled Product of the Year at the organisation’s 6th biennial awards ceremony held at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni recently. This year’s lavish dinner was hosted in partnership with platinum sponsors Erema Plastic Recycling Systems and Polyco - the polyolefin Product Recovery Organisation. According to Rudi Johannes, Chairman of the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation, products entered for this year’s competition showcased a tremendous amount of ingenuity and creativity despite the fact that plastics recycling in South Africa is under threat. “The past few years have not been easy for our recyclers. Virgin polymer prices are very low and operating costs have increased as a result of higher fuel prices, increased energy and labour costs. To add insult to injury, we have seen traditional markets for recyclate reach saturation. The public expects recyclers to take any plastic product at no charge and turn it into a perfect raw material that will solve the world’s energy crisis and change litter habits,” Johannes said. This year’s competition has five distinct product categories, namely: Products made from 100% post-consumer recyclate Products containing a percentage post-consumer recyclate Products made from mixed materials, Novel and Artistic products made from discarded plastic products, and For the first time, also a category for concept ideas for new end markets. Entries were received from around South Africa, but eventually the judges selected the twenty-three products as finalists that best met their criteria, i.e. the life expectancy of the product, the sustainability or long-term demand and market acceptance of product, the measures taken to ensure product . . .
Children at Troyeville Primary School were delighted when Ronnie Recycler from Mpact Recycling visited them to give a talk about the importance of recycling and how the collection of recyclables can help their school raise funds. In the spirit of Mandela Month, Mpact Recycling partnered with Chicken Xpress to treat children, teachers and volunteers to 1,000 meals sponsored by the food outlet. Mpact Recycling communications manager, Donna Noble, says Ronnie Recycler visits numerous schools throughout South Africa to spread the recycling message. “We chose Troyeville Primary School specifically because we wanted to brighten the lives of children in one of Johannesburg’s disadvantaged areas.” “Visiting school’s such as Troyeville forms part of our Schools’ Recycling Programme. Troyeville Primary has been recycling with us since 2013 and is part of, a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative that teaches children the importance of protecting their planet and highlights the role they can play, individually or as a team, by understanding recycling and waste separation.” The initiative was developed by keeping children’s natures in mind and the programme was built on the principle: “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may not remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” Noble says Troyeville Primary School is actively involved in recycling, with the learners bringing paper, cardboard boxes, milk and juice cartons from home to support its paper bank initiative. “In addition, the school principal is supportive of initiatives such as these, as are the teachers, and they have established a vegetable garden and a feeding scheme at the school. For some learners, it’s their only meal for the day.” Notably, the school has enlisted the services of parents who cannot pay the school fees to assist with the various projects the school runs and it has organised social workers to help learners with issues such as abuse. Delon Biton, marketing manager for . . .
Plasticomp cc has become the latest SMME to join the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA). According to SAVA Chief Executive Officer, Delanie Bezuidenhout, Plasticomp has successfully satisfied the criteria for membership and has been accredited as a member and signatory to the association’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC). “We are thrilled to welcome them to the SAVA family. As a recycler of rigid PVC (PVC-U), Plasticomp has successfully demonstrated that they support our commitment to increase the recycling rates of PVC in South Africa and adherence to the principle of extended producer responsiblity regarding end-of-life material”, Delanie says. Boksburg-based Plasticomp started its operations in September 2006 providing toll pulverizing services to the PVC-U pipe and conduit customers for their own start-up scrap. Since then, the company has grown significantly and now provide toll services to the LLDPE (roto moulding market), pigments and masterbatch manufacturers in both virgin and recycled materials. They also provide recycled PVC-U powder that they export into Africa as well as supply to local pipe, borehole and profile manufacturers. “We read about SAVA and the amazing work the association does in trade publications. We identified that there is great potential for working with SAVA members and decided that joining their ranks would signal a clear message about our company’s own commitment to sustainable and ethical practices, whilst at the same time unlocking new sources of PVC-U scap thereby broadening our customer base,” said Anton Tjabring, the Managing Member of Plasticomp. For more information about Plasticomp, visit their website on www.plasticomp.co.za or contact Anton Tjabring directly via email at email@example.com or telephone (011) 918-3412 / (074) 366-8636. For more information about SAVA, visit www.savinylsassociation.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .