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Coca-Cola introduces sustainable packaging solution for multipacks

Coca-Cola introduces sustainable packaging solution for multipacks

26/11/2019 - 10:40
Coca-Cola is rolling a new paperboard solution for multipacks of cans as part of its drive to eliminate plastic and use more sustainable packaging in its supply chain. read more
Woolworths boosts Earth Friendly range and launches plastic alternative products

Woolworths boosts Earth Friendly range and launches plastic alternative products

12/11/2019 - 14:01
More than ten years ago, Woolworths pioneered its own label of eco-friendly products in South Africa with the launch of its Earth Friendly range of household cleaning products.  read more
Unilever to halve use of new plastic as uproar over waste grows

Unilever to halve use of new plastic as uproar over waste grows

10/10/2019 - 10:28
Unilever pledged to halve its use of newly made plastic by 2025 as the consumer-goods industry wrestles with growing criticism of the environmental impact of throwaway packaging. read more
Pick n Pay rolls out R4 lifetime reusable bag made from recycled plastic bottles

Pick n Pay rolls out R4 lifetime reusable bag made from recycled plastic bottles

20/09/2019 - 14:14
Pick n Pay is rolling out its new budget green People n Planet reusable bag nationally after a successful trial with customers earlier this year. The bag is expected to be in all stores by mid-October.  read more
Lidl introduces reusable fruit and veg bags

Lidl introduces reusable fruit and veg bags

15/08/2019 - 11:29
The ‘Green Bags’, priced at 69p for two, provide customers with a reusable alternative to single-use, small fruit, and vegetable bags. read more
Sainsbury's removes plastic bags for fruit and veg

Sainsbury's removes plastic bags for fruit and veg

24/07/2019 - 11:05
Sainsbury’s is continuing its drive to reduce plastic waste by trialling the removal of plastic bags for loose fruit and veg and encouraging customers to bring their own containers or purchase a reusable bag. read more
Nestlé Waters teams up with Ocean Legacy for plastic waste clean-up

Nestlé Waters teams up with Ocean Legacy for plastic waste clean-up

11/07/2019 - 09:44
Nestlé’s bottled water division Nestlé Waters, owner of Perrier and Vittel, says it will team up with Canada’s Ocean Legacy Foundation to help to clean up plastic pollution. read more
Government reviewing its policy on single-use plastics

Government reviewing its policy on single-use plastics

05/07/2019 - 15:26
The government is reviewing its policy on single-use plastics and intends to complete this process by the end of this financial year. read more
Pick n Pay trials nude fruit and vegetable wall

Pick n Pay trials nude fruit and vegetable wall

01/07/2019 - 11:23
Pick n Pay has launched a ‘nude’ fruit and vegetable produce wall – a dedicated plastic and packaging-free zone in 13 stores across the country as part of a trial to measure customers’ readiness to switch from pre-packaged food to loose products.  read more
Sainsbury’s ditches plastic bags in fruit & veg and bakery aisles

Sainsbury’s ditches plastic bags in fruit & veg and bakery aisles

07/06/2019 - 14:21
Sainsbury’s has announced its latest moves to reduce the amount of plastic it uses. This includes the retailer removing the plastic bags in its stores used for loose fruit, vegetables, and bakery items. read more
Pick n Pay commits to monthly beach clean-ups

Pick n Pay commits to monthly beach clean-ups

06/06/2019 - 11:50
Pick n Pay has launched monthly People n Planet Beach Clean-Ups which will see the retailer partner with local organisations across the country to drive public awareness for plastic waste and action for responsible disposal.  read more
Woolworths partners with WILDTRUST to boost innovative recycling villages

Woolworths partners with WILDTRUST to boost innovative recycling villages

06/06/2019 - 11:15
In celebration of World Environment Day, a day that encourages citizen-action to improve our environment, Woolworths has announced a partnership aimed at increasing recycling rates in South Africa.  read more
Waitrose trials refill and bring-your-own containers scheme to reduce waste

Waitrose trials refill and bring-your-own containers scheme to reduce waste

05/06/2019 - 09:17
Waitrose has launched a new scheme where customers will be able to fill up or refill their own containers with a range of products as part of its ambitions to reduce waste. read more
The UK will ban plastic straws and cotton buds by 2020 – here are South Africa’s plans

The UK will ban plastic straws and cotton buds by 2020 – here are South Africa’s plans

27/05/2019 - 09:31
The Guardian reports that the move is hoped to vastly reduce the litter and other environmental impacts of the nearly five billion plastic straws currently used each year in the UK, along with more than 300 million plastic stirrers and close to two billion cotton buds with plastic stems.  read more
Plastic bags to be banned at some of SA's biggest malls, including Sandton City

Plastic bags to be banned at some of SA's biggest malls, including Sandton City

16/05/2019 - 09:07
JSE-listed real estate giant Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), which owns some of South Africa's top shopping malls, says it will implement a "no plastic shopping bag" policy at its malls by 1 January 2020. read more
Bali supermarket ditches plastic packaging for banana leaves

Bali supermarket ditches plastic packaging for banana leaves

06/05/2019 - 11:00
At a glimpse, Bintang Supermarket in Ubud looks just like other supermarkets across Bali. A banner announcing that it no longer provides plastic bags welcomes visitors upon entering the place – something that is now common practice on the island following a ban on single-use plastic bags issued by the administration earlier this year. read more
Pick n Pay to shift plastic bag usage with 20 000 free reusable bags in-stores, every day

Pick n Pay to shift plastic bag usage with 20 000 free reusable bags in-stores, every day

09/04/2019 - 14:35
Over the next two weeks, Pick n Pay will give 20 000 customers a free reusable bag every day in stores across the country.  read more
Coca-Cola fast-tracks collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles across Africa

Coca-Cola fast-tracks collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles across Africa

28/03/2019 - 14:49
In commemoration of Global Recycling Day, The Coca-Cola Company is accelerating the collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles across Southern & East Africa. This is part of a focused World Without Waste campaign over three years and beyond. read more
Coca-Cola fast-tracks collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles across Africa

Coca-Cola fast-tracks collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles across Africa

19/03/2019 - 12:12
To commemorate Global Recycling Day, The Coca-Cola Company is accelerating the collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles across Southern & East Africa. This is part of a focused World Without Waste campaign over three years and beyond. read more
South Africa is looking at introducing a national plastic straw ban

South Africa is looking at introducing a national plastic straw ban

28/02/2019 - 14:13
The Department of Environmental Affairs is currently in talks with the industry bodies to phase out or completely ban plastic products like straws and microbeads in South Africa. read more
Pick n Pay trials a R5 reusable bag – made from green plastic bottles

Pick n Pay trials a R5 reusable bag – made from green plastic bottles

13/02/2019 - 13:38
Pick n Pay is trialling the lowest priced reusable bag yet in South Africa, as an affordable reusable alternative to plastic carrier bags. read more
Woolworths rolls out paper-stemmed earbuds

Woolworths rolls out paper-stemmed earbuds

30/01/2019 - 14:26
Woolworths has kickstarted the year with its latest announcement in its journey to ZERO packaging waste to landfill, with the rollout of Woolworths branded paper-stemmed earbuds.  read more
Big consumer brands roped into promoting re-usable containers

Big consumer brands roped into promoting re-usable containers

28/01/2019 - 08:17
In the environmentalists’ mantra “reduce, re-use, recycle” almost all of the attention has been paid to recycling. Now some of the world’s biggest consumer brands are trying to shift the focus to the second R, with a programme that provides products in reusable containers that can be returned for a refund. read more
SA's war on plastic bags appears to be working

SA's war on plastic bags appears to be working

23/01/2019 - 08:40
With more restaurants saying no to plastic straws in South Africa, and amid a concerted effort from retailers to cut down on the use of one-time plastics in their products, the move against plastic appears to be is resonating with the wider public, too. read more
SPAR receives global recognition for plastic initiative

SPAR receives global recognition for plastic initiative

14/12/2018 - 09:27
SPAR Eastern Cape achieved global recognition for their commitment to reducing plastic pollution when they received an award at the SPAR International Conference last month. read more
Pick n Pay invests over R18m in marine conservation

Pick n Pay invests over R18m in marine conservation

21/11/2018 - 14:00
The ocean plays a critical role in sustaining life and livelihoods. Sadly, reports show that the world’s fisheries are rapidly being overfished.  read more
Pick n Pay to phase out plastic straws and trial paper bags by end of December

Pick n Pay to phase out plastic straws and trial paper bags by end of December

01/11/2018 - 15:42
Consumers have become increasingly concerned about plastic waste. But if we are to experience a real shift in behaviour and make a sustainable long-term impact in our environment, we need to reinforce the message of reduce, reuse and recycle. read more
Shoprite and Checkers to reward customers for reusing recycled bags

Shoprite and Checkers to reward customers for reusing recycled bags

24/10/2018 - 11:43
The Shoprite Group, the only national retailer with a verified 100% recycled shopping bag in all its stores, has announced that it will now be rewarding customers for using their newly introduced “planet” bags in both Shoprite and Checkers stores. read more
UK government reveals plan to ban plastic straws in England

UK government reveals plan to ban plastic straws in England

22/10/2018 - 11:23
The UK government has set out its plan to ban the distribution and sale of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds in England. read more
Mondelēz aims to make all of its packaging recyclable by 2025

Mondelēz aims to make all of its packaging recyclable by 2025

11/10/2018 - 08:14
Mondelēz International has announced that it will make all of its packaging recyclable by 2025, as the company aims to reduce waste levels and create a circular economy for packaging. read more
Woolworths to trial plastic bag free store

Woolworths to trial plastic bag free store

09/10/2018 - 09:39
Following the announcement of its commitment to phase out single-use shopping bags by 2020, Woolworths is launching a new in-store reusable bag trial. The trial aims to test whether, given a choice of a more affordable reusable bag, consumers will make the shift away from buying single-use plastic shopping bags.  read more
Tesco trials reverse vending machines

Tesco trials reverse vending machines

01/10/2018 - 08:47
Tesco has launched a reverse vending machine trial as part of its efforts to reduce plastic waste and encourage recycling. read more
Coca-Cola partners with Plastics SA for a waste-free South Africa

Coca-Cola partners with Plastics SA for a waste-free South Africa

04/09/2018 - 11:03
South Africans nationwide are joining the waste-free movement to clean up our beaches and rivers this September. Coca-Cola’s bottling partners are leading over 14 clean-ups across the country reaching as far as Mamelodi and Soweto to Durban and Muizenberg.  read more
Tesco the first of the Big 4 to offer canned water amid war on plastic

Tesco the first of the Big 4 to offer canned water amid war on plastic

08/08/2018 - 10:25
Tesco has become the first Big 4 supermarket to offer customers water in aluminium cans in a bid to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic water bottles. read more
Food Lover’s Market to offer paper bags nationally as of August 2018

Food Lover’s Market to offer paper bags nationally as of August 2018

31/07/2018 - 10:03
Food Lover’s Market, South Africa’s leading fresh produce retailer, today firmly established its continued commitment to a plastic-free shopping experience with the confirmation that paper bags will be available in Food Lover’s Market stores nationally as of 01 August 2018 - this is after the successful implementation of paper straws nationally and a successful pilot of paper bags in the Western Cape during the month of July.  read more
Pick n Pay focuses on 15,000 jobs and 4 new initiatives

Pick n Pay focuses on 15,000 jobs and 4 new initiatives

31/07/2018 - 08:32
While South Africa is not over the worst yet, the country is heading in a distinctly more optimistic direction, says Pick n Pay chairman Gareth Ackerman, speaking at the company’s AGM on Monday (30 July). read more
Bacardi in global collaboration to reduce single-use plastic waste

Bacardi in global collaboration to reduce single-use plastic waste

23/07/2018 - 10:58
Bacardi has partnered with non-profit organisation Lonely Whale to eliminate the use of 1 billion single-use plastic straws by 2020. read more
V&A Waterfront and Pick n Pay partner to banish plastic on International Plastic Bag Free Day

V&A Waterfront and Pick n Pay partner to banish plastic on International Plastic Bag Free Day

03/07/2018 - 13:21
On International Plastic Bag Free Day the V&A Waterfront’s commitment to eliminating single-use plastic is being supported by a public awareness campaign in the busy Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre and through collaborative partnerships with tenants. read more
Record 2.15 billion PET plastic bottles recycled in SA in 2017

Record 2.15 billion PET plastic bottles recycled in SA in 2017

15/06/2018 - 15:31
A record 2.15 billion plastic bottles, weighing in at 93 235 tonnes, were recycled by the South African PET plastic industry in 2017 – saving 578 000m3 of landfill and creating 64 000 income-generating opportunities in the process. read more
Shoprite and Checkers wins recycled product of the year at 2018 PETCO Awards

Shoprite and Checkers wins recycled product of the year at 2018 PETCO Awards

13/06/2018 - 08:59
Shoprite and Checkers were awarded the Recycled Product of the Year at the 2018 PETCO Awards, the South African PET Recycling Company’s annual awards and the industry’s biggest celebration of recycling and waste management excellence.  read more
Pick n Pay announces plastic reductions in support of World Oceans Day

Pick n Pay announces plastic reductions in support of World Oceans Day

08/06/2018 - 08:09
To mark World Oceans Day on 8 June 2018 and in recognition of the impact that plastic has on the oceans, Pick n Pay has announced a set of focused initiatives to reduce plastic waste. read more
World’s biggest brands put on notice over 5,000,000-tonne laminate packaging problem

World’s biggest brands put on notice over 5,000,000-tonne laminate packaging problem

24/01/2018 - 11:29
Big brands have been put on notice about their inaction over the world’s growing 5,000,000-tonne problem of plastic aluminium laminate waste. read more
Coca-Cola Company announces global plan to reduce packaging waste

Coca-Cola Company announces global plan to reduce packaging waste

22/01/2018 - 10:48
The Coca-Cola Company announced today that it is fundamentally reshaping its approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030. read more
EU declares war on plastic waste, as UK retailers step up

EU declares war on plastic waste, as UK retailers step up

17/01/2018 - 15:40
The European Commission has launched the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, with a focus on reducing waste and moving towards a more circular economy. read more