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It may not be possible to slow down fast fashion - so can the industry ever be sustainable?
It may not be possible to slow down fast fashion - so can the industry ever be sustainable?

The fashion industry has some major sustainability problems. By 2030, it is predicted that the industry's water consumption will grow by 50% to 118 billion cubic metres, its carbon footprint will increase to 2,791m tonnes and the amount of waste it creates will hit 148m tonnes.

By Mark Sumner 1 day ago

Coffee is revving up London buses
Coffee is revving up London buses

Most of us need our coffee to drive us through the day. And now it's also transporting Londoners to work. With a helping hand from Shell, Arthur Kay, founder of Bio-bean, is turning the 200,000 tonnes of coffee grounds the city produces every year into fuel for some of London's famous red buses.

1 day ago

From economic and water poverty to prosperity
From economic and water poverty to prosperity

We need to unlock more water resources and drive efficiency in our existing supplies to stimulate the economy and job growth. As our climate is changing and the main input into our water resources, rainfall, becomes more variable in time and space, we need to adjust how we manage and value our water resources.

By Shafick Adams 2 days ago

Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces
Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces

Improving soil health in farmlands could capture extra carbon equivalent to the planet-warming emissions generated by the transport sector, one of the world's most polluting industries, experts said. Soil naturally absorbs carbon from the atmosphere through a process known as sequestration which not only reduces harmful greenhouse gases but also creates more fertile soil.

By Thin Lei Win 2 days ago

Mike Schalit, Anthony Kawitzky (Marlboro Originals), Clinton Mitri (COO at BBDO South Africa), Emma Strydom. Images supplied.
Curating 'creativism' and wearing it forward with the Mal Foundation

Net#work BBDO's Mike Schalit founded the not-for-profit Make a Life (Mal) Foundation a while ago as a banner for initiatives that use creativity for good. Here, Schalit and Mal designer-in-chief Emma Strydom explain how their recent t-shirt designs have benefitted the Seed library initiative and more.

By Leigh Andrews 3 days ago

Making water conservation a culture at The Table Bay
Making water conservation a culture at The Table Bay

As the Western Cape remains in the grips of a severe drought, The Table Bay hotel in Cape Town - in an effort to save water - has introduced technological and behavioural interventions, including two systems for collecting, recycling and reusing water.

3 days ago

2017 GAP Innovation Competition winners revealed
2017 GAP Innovation Competition winners revealed

Recognising and rewarding innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly impact the Gauteng economy, the 2017 GAP Innovation Competition winners in each category have been announced.

20 Nov 2017

Africa called on to support circular economy
Africa called on to support circular economy

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says South Africa is committed to its long-term vision of transitioning to an environmentally sustainable, climate change resilient, low-carbon economy and just society.

20 Nov 2017

Saica signs climate-related risk agreement
Saica signs climate-related risk agreement

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) has affirmed its commitment to sustainability reporting by signing a statement of support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations.

17 Nov 2017

Natural Selection to open new safari camp in remote Namibia in 2018
Natural Selection to open new safari camp in remote Namibia in 2018

In a new joint venture between Natural Selection, the local communities and Dr Julian Fennessy, Africa's foremost giraffe expert, the safari tourism business will open a sophisticated new camp, Hoanib Valley Camp, in the remote and wild Kaokoland in northwest Namibia in May 2018.

17 Nov 2017

Life after 'day zero' in CT
Life after 'day zero' in CT

People will have to make do with 25 litres of water per day for washing, cooking and personal hygiene if dam levels drop below 13.5% in Cape Town. Mayor Patricia de Lille has described what life could be like after "day zero" - if dams supplying the city reach critical levels.

By Tanya Farber and Anthony Molyneaux 17 Nov 2017

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Amnesty warns companies on child labour in DRC cobalt mining

KINSHASA - Leading technology and electric car companies have been accused of failing to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined using child labour, Amnesty International has said in a report.

17 Nov 2017

SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award
SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award

KaXu Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, was on Wednesday, 15 November, presented with a Momentum of Change award by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The award was presented at COP23, this year's UN Climate Change Conference, under way in Bonn, Germany.

By Wilson Johwa 17 Nov 2017