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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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Making Green More Macho

From: Solutions magazine Volume 3 | Issue 4 | Page 25-29 | July 2012 By Edwin R. Stafford, Cathy L. Hartman   “It’s kind of embarrassing,” Emmanuel of Oakland, California, responded when asked about carrying a reusable shopping bag. “It looks like a man-purse.”1...

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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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Helping Sanlam Recycle

Sanlam is one of the leading life insurance companies in the country with a strong sustainability drive. GreenEdge has been appointed to devise and help implement  a communication and behavior change strategy for increasing staff participation in recycling at the...

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Youth Jobs in Waste Awareness

The national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is funding a Youth Jobs in Waste programme which upskills young people drawn from local communities on the important tasks of addressing waste and recycling. GreenEdge along with Amazon Media  are working with...

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Insights from our separation@source recycling research

Municipalities have a key role to play in reducing waste to landfill by providing recycling options for residents. To learn how well some municipalities are diverting waste and increasing recycling, GreenEdge initiated and received funding from the  PlasticsSA...

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Overstrand Recycling Behaviour Change Materials

Overstrand Municipality includes Hermanus and several other small towns on the south western Cape coast. National civil engineering consultants Jeffares & Green asked GreenEdge to help the municipality update and redesign the pamphlets which encourage residents to...

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Mitchell’s Plain school recycling gets moving

Mitchell's Plain Primary  No 1 launched its school recycling programme on 10 September 2014. The programme has been designed and facilitated by GreenEdge Communications with the support of financial services provider Metropolitan.  It aims to raise learners’...

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