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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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Diverting Household Waste from Landfill: Best-Practice Separation-at-Source Recycling amongst some Western Cape Municipalities.

Abridged conference paper as presented at WasteCon 2014, Somerset West.
In recent years, waste management has undergone a paradigm shift. Previously, it was seen as a transport and logistics operation, where big trucks picked up garbage from homes and factories and took it outside the town and dumped it in a hole in the ground. This ‘hump ‘n dump’ approach has fallen from favour. Landfills are now filling…


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Talkin’ ‘bout a waste revolution

Published in ReSource magazine, November 2014
In recent years, the South African government has passed a series of laws which are fundamentally changing the landscape of the waste and recycling industry. These laws – the National Environmental Management: Waste Act and its amendments – have set the scene for wholesale regulatory and institutional reform of the multi-billion rand industry which employs people and delivers jobs by the tens of thousands. “We are standing…


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The New Deal

(Published in BusinessDay Earth special edition- 11 August 2011) As the year moves into its second half, the signs for deepening sustainability into business are not auspicious. Still, the call remains as urgent. Weather effects of global warming continue;...

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Prosperity without Growth

(Published in UCT GSB Newsletter Feb 2011) The friendship between Presidents Zuma and Sarkozy in the lead-up to the 2009 COP 16 Copenhagen conference may have formed around mutual benefits from French nuclear power technology and skills. It may be more beneficial if...

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Post-Cancun-Interview

(Interview inserts in article published in IT Web newsletter 13 December 2010) Hugh Tyrrell, director of local consultancy GreenEdge, says renewable technologies will play a crucial role in the country's climate change strategy. He adds that the Green Climate Fund...

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Economics is a sub-set of Ecology

(Published in Life-in-Balance 15 June 2010) Life on Earth began about 3.5 thousand million years ago. Species started evolving in a slow progression of trial and error as they adapted in their increasing variety to the changing ecosystems in which they lived. Just ...

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Sustainability as Competitive Advantage

(Published in MindShift magazine August 2007) In the glory days of the post-war boom the proud new disciplines of marketing and management ushered in the mass consumer society. ’Quick, easy and convenient’ were by-words underpinning a value system whose effects on...

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Adding value through eco-efficiency

By Hugh Tyrrell Published in: Supermarket & Retailer  29 – 5 – 09 These days, it pays to think environmentally - not only because it’s the right thing to do but also because saving on natural resources such as water, electricity and petrol, and reducing wastage...

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