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Business Greening- the benefits and the process

In another SMILE FM interview, hear  some of the benefits  to greening your business and  how to take key action steps to sustainability. https://soundcloud.com/hught-1/tue-210743-to-212255   Why  should a business go green? People are changing and there is...

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Littering messaging myths

  “We must educate people and create awareness” is often heard in response to what should be done about littering in our streets and countryside.  However, while education and awareness raising  are necessary, they only go half-way. The other and more important...

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Mass media spurs companies to help end ocean pollution

The effects of plastic pollution in the oceans was given a major focus with the broadcasting of the  BBC’s  Blue Planet II hosted by David Attenborough. The ripples spread far and wide with even the Queen of England declaring that single-use plastics should not be...

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Wasted Consumerism

 By  Hugh Tyrrell THE  massive burden of waste being generated around the world is topping up landfills, clogging waterways and spilling out into the oceans. South Africa alone produces some 60 million tons of general waste a year, only a tenth of which is recycled...

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Closing the Recycling Loop in Commercial Buildings

How can property owners and facilities managers in commercial and office buildings improve their recycling systems. This is the topic of  an article I wrote which was  published in the Oct/Nov 2017 issue of Earthworx, the Green Building Council magazine:  ...

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Giving water emotional value.

Climate change  is creating crisis conditions around water in the Western Cape, so encouraging people to use less water is a priority for local authorities. The Saldanha Bay municipality like others, is investing resources into awareness and behaviour change...

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Why I do what I do

I grew up in a seaside village on the lush sub-tropical South Coast of Natal, now known as KZN.  In the  afternoons after school, I’d go down into the sugarcane fields or mangrove swamps or walk in the reed beds along the two lagoons that bordered our village.  There...

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Green Peace in the Office Kitchen

This post came from Fetola, a small business support organisation in Cape Town. Useful hints for office recycling done in a friendly, fun way. No green policing necessary. Which means greater participation. "Employees at the front line of any business play a crucial...

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Changing Behaviour to Make Recycling a Way of Life

Our vulnerability to dwindling natural resources is hitting home. Look no further than Cape Town. Citizens there are in a race against time to save as much water as possible in the hope that winter rainfall will be more plentiful than last year when poor rains left the region’s dams almost half empty.


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Coke UK statement supports bottle deposit schemes

Twenty years ago, getting a cash deposit back for an empty beverage bottle you returned to the shop was standard practice. Then mainly because it was seen as an administrative hassle for producers and space problem for retailer, many bottle deposit schemes were...

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Sustainability gives business a higher purpose

One benefit of sustainability which is not so often discussed is that it can give the organisation a sense of purpose. We can have all the goals and strategies in place, but it is a strong sense that there is a reason for existing beyond making money which often separates good from exceptional companies.


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Mergence moving to carbon neutrality

Mergence is a Cape-based investment management company with a strong ESG (environmental, social and governance) policy. It has placed substantial investments into renewable energy generation projects in South Africa, totally some R5 billion to date. Seeking guidance...

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