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Full ban of plastic products expected by 2020

It plans to ban plastic shopping bags in its malls at the end of this year. Plans are afoot at big Johannesburg malls, to have a complete ban on plastic bags. And the government’s plans for a complete ban on plastic products is expected by next year. The Environmental Affairs department says the response from retailers has been impressive.

24x Stronger, 12x Cheaper, 8x Lighter: 17-YO Builds Green Material From Plastic!

For as long as he can remember, Mangaluru-based Swasthik Padma has been inclined to science and innovation. The 17-year-old likes to describe himself as an ‘innovator by heart and an entrepreneur by mind. He recalls that as a child when his parents or relatives gifted him toys, he did not find as much joy in playing with them.

Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Despite a few hiccups along the way, Australia’s plastic bag consumption has dropped drastically. Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from use, the Australian Associated Press reported, citing the National Retail Association.

South Africa’s war on plastic bags appears to be working

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. According to the 2017/18 tax statistics published by SARS at the end of the year, revenue brought in by the sale of plastic bags via the plastic bags levy increased by R9 million to R242 million for the year.

Environmental affairs department in talks to phase out straws

THE Department of Environmental Affairs is currently engaging industry and consumer bodies on proposals to phase out or completely ban plastic products like straws and microbeads. Mark Gordon, the department’s deputy director-general for chemical and waste management, said the single-use products are considered to be unfriendly to the environment, especially the marine sector.

Free sanitary product scheme for English secondary schools announced by government

The government has announced a free sanitary product scheme across secondary schools and colleges in England in a bid to combat period poverty. The scheme, which is due to start from September, was announced by chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond during today’s Spring Statement.

Plan to ban single-use plastic in SA gains traction

The Department of Environmental Affairs is in talks with industry representatives to phase out or ban single-use plastic products entirely. This would be a significant move made by South Africa, in the on-going plastic crisis.

10 tips for living with less plastic

In South Africa 84% of plastic waste is dispersed into the oceans or into overflowing landfills. Often light plastics, such as wrappers and packets like those for chips, sweets and other junk foods end up in storm drains or canals and eventually end up in the ocean. Only 16% of plastic in South Africa gets recycled.

Alternatives to single-use items to save the environment

Being environmentally friendly isn’t always easy in today’s society. When single use products are mass produced, and heavily advertised, it becomes difficult to find alternatives for everyday items.  The impact of these everyday items are having a huge impact on our planet.

South Africa to trial new ‘plastic road’ – made from recycled materials

The Kouga Municipality has announced that it will trial South Africa’s first plastic road. Horatio Hendricks, executive mayor of Kouga Municipality, said the local authority had entered a partnership with Scottish company MacRebur and South African civil engineering experts to build ‘the first plastic road’ in Jeffrey’s Bay.

South Africa is looking at introducing a national plastic straw ban

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. According to Mark Gordon, the department’s deputy director-general for chemical and waste management, the single-use products are considered to be unfriendly to the environment.

‘The Attenborough Effect’: 53% of people report using less plastic

Over half of consumers say they have reduced the amount of disposable plastic they are using in the last year, according to a report which praises the ‘Attenborough effect’.

‘Sea Of Plastic’ Discovered In The Caribbean Stretches Miles And Is Choking Wildlife

How often do you use plastic? If you compare to the average consumer, you might answer “every day.” Yes, items that contain plastic are convenient — and cheap. But, the man made material is wreaking havoc on our planet. Images captured last year off the Honduran island of Roatan by photographer Caroline Power illuminate this fact.


CAPE TOWN – Government wants everyday plastic products like earbuds banned. Plastic straws are being phased out and are being replaced by paper ones.


NATIONAL NEWS – There are billions of rands worth of opportunities for green economy investors in South Africa. These opportunities are highlighted in the annual GreenCape flagship market intelligence reports (MIRs). The 2019 MIRs, which were funded by the Western Cape Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism, were released by GreenCape this month.

This School In Assam Accepts Plastic Waste As School Fees!

Akshar Forum in Assam is a school of various charms: don’t be surprised if you find a line of students waiting outside the school, armed with bags full of plastic, or if you walk into classrooms filled with students all ages – being taught by another student. It’s just another day at Akshar Forum, a small school run in the village of Pamohi in Guwahati.

New tax bills signed into law by Ramaphosa – here’s what they mean for you

The Carbon Tax Act and the Customs and Excise Amendment Act were both officially gazetted on Thursday (23 May) and will come into effect from 1 June 2019. The two acts work in conjunction with each other, with the Customs and Excise Amendment Act primarily dealing with administrative issues surrounding the implementation of the new carbon tax.

Canada Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastics, Joining Growing Global Movement

MONTREAL — Canada on Monday joined a growing global movement with a plan to ban single-use plastics blighting the environment. Announcing the ban next to a lake at the picturesque Gault Nature Reserve in Mont St-Hilaire, outside of Montreal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wanted his children to be able to play on the beach or swim in a lake without having their memories interrupted by dead birds or fish killed by pollution.

This is the 'last generation' that can save nature, WWF says

(CNN)Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% in just over four decades, as accelerating pollution, deforestation, climate change and other manmade factors have created a “mindblowing” crisis, the World Wildlife Fund has warned in a damning new report.

Humans have made 8.3bn tons of plastic since 1950. This is the illustrated story of where it's gone

Until recently we didn’t know how much plastic was piling up around us. When we found out, the picture wasn’t pretty

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