Innovation

Moving towards a resource revolution-to save the environment

Moving towards a resource revolution-to save the environment

The world faces many major challenges including climate change, slow economic growth and a disproportionate reliance on mineral resources, but recent research shows that adopting circular economies could provide answers for many of these global problems. The Obama administration revealed in June that the failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57 … Continued

Recognising the value of women in waste

Recognising the value of women in waste

A woman can inspire sustainable transformation and create a new story for herself, her children and her entire community. A woman is powerful and full of often-untapped potential. A woman can change the world. Every year on August 9th in South Africa we celebrate all the women in our lives; mothers, daughters, grandmothers, colleagues and … Continued

Banker turned entrepreneur is realizing value in the waste sector

Banker turned entrepreneur is realizing value in the waste sector

“I left my day job to find contentment and chase my ambitions as a social entrepreneur after working for an investment bank in group credit risk for two years,”  says Entrepreneur, Sifiso Ngobese. Can you please tell us about your company? Unconventional Media Solutions is an innovative outdoor media company that offers alternative outdoor media … Continued

Innovation trend: Renewable Energy battery packs

Innovation trend: Renewable Energy battery packs

Fossil fuels are the most used energy sources across the world, but at an environmental cost. Over the last 150 years, burning fossil fuels has resulted in more than a 25% increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. In response to the environmental challenges caused by fossil fuel, two companies have stepped … Continued

Minimising of health risks related to waste tyres

Minimising of health risks related to waste tyres

In recent years rodents have become a challenge in certain areas of Johannesburg – particularly in informal settlements and overcrowded buildings in the inner city. The City of Johannesburg has in the last few months introduced some measures to beat the rodent problem through prevention and clean-up operations. As one approach, owls have been introduced … Continued

Entrepreneurship and SMMEs as the aid to SA’s economic growth

Entrepreneurship and SMMEs as the aid to SA’s economic growth

South Africa’s alarmingly high unemployment rate has encouraged the government to promote youth entrepreneurs. Research by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor shows, that small businesses are significant contributors to job creation. SMMEs have the potential to create and expand employment opportunities, develop entrepreneurial skills and enhance market opportunities. At the launch of the start-up nations South Africa … Continued

Introducing a circular economy

Introducing a circular economy

A study done by Eco-business shows that the global middle-class is projected to grow to nearly 5 billion people by 2030 and 75% of this new middle-class will be in Asia. Over the next 20 years, these new consumers will be shopping for television sets, washing machines and the other necessities of a middle-class lifestyle. … Continued

The people making the REDISA plan happen As of December 2014, REDISA has created 1604 jobs and collected 72 642 tonnes of waste tyres. Beyond the statistics and numbers, REDISA is making a difference in the lives of ordinary citizens. Meet Stanley Mangoegape – manager at the Midrand REDISA depot When Stanley met the REDISA team … Continued

Sustainability brings about innovation

Sustainability brings about innovation

Every challenge provides an opportunity, and many innovators taken the opportunity brought about by climate change to create innovative products which reduce carbon emissions. We take a look at three innovations: Edible cups: Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker created Loliware, a line of edible, biodegradable drinking cups that look like colourful vintage glassware. “Loliware … Continued