Urban Mining

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

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

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

Turn your waste into money

Turn your waste into money

The recycling industry in America is a multibillion dollar industry; The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. estimated that annual revenue from recycling bottles, cans, paper, electronics and other materials was $75 billion last year. In South Africa the industry has not reach such heights yet, but it is well on its way.  According to the … Continued

From Cellular Waste to Gold Bullion

From Cellular Waste to Gold Bullion

A question that has recently shifted into focus is how do you ascribe value to something after it’s served its purpose? As we consume, we waste, but what happens to that waste and what is its intrinsic worth if any? For most, we scarcely think past the use we derive from a product, despite the … Continued

Upcycling vs. Recycling

Upcycling vs. Recycling

‘Upcycling’ or ‘hipscycling’ as it’s affectionately referred to, is incredibly popular abroad and has started to gain traction in South Africa with the growing popularity of the Hipster Movement and increasing awareness about climate change. Whilst the concept has its foundations in recycling, the upcycling and recycling, differ quite dramatically. Recycling is all about taking … Continued