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‘Tis the season to declutter and recycle

wrapping paper

Keep paper separate once pressies have been unwrapped. It is also best to remove plastic from paper packaging and keep the paper clean and dry. And keep aside all ribbons and decorative items – and re-use them for next year!

Ah, December – not only a time for gifts and festivities but also the perfect time to declutter our homes and offices. According to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA), white or office paper is among the least recycled products in South Africa. This is largely due to archiving and storage of important documents. Continue reading

PAMSA presents its comments and recommendations to DoE

Turbine at Ngodwana mill near Nelspruit Photo: Sappi

Turbine at Ngodwana mill near Nelspruit
Photo: Sappi

On Wednesday 7 December the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) participated in the public consultation workshop held at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. The Department of Energy had invited all interested stakeholders to comment on the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) Report and the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) Assumptions and Base Case which were released on 22 November.

You can view PAMSA’s comments and recommendations here:

PAMSA presentation on IEP and IRP

Blue Sky Award calls for youth-driven green innovation

Paper plane against cloudy skyR25,000 reward for youth-driven science and innovation

The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is inviting further submissions into the South African leg of the international Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. The initiative of the International Council of Forests and Paper Associations (ICFPA) is centred on ‘game changing technologies ― unfolding the potential of forest, paper and wood-based products’.

See PDF for details: Blue Sky Award

Real vs Artificial Christmas Trees – An Environmental Perspective



Each year during the holiday season people begin decorating and buying gifts. For those that celebrate Christmas, an important decision is choosing a tree. This includes deciding if it will be a real or artificial Christmas tree – especially in the US and Canada. How does your decision impact the environment? Cost, convenience, and personal preference are all important considerations, but so too is the environmental impact. Continue reading

Mondi recognised in three categories of WWF’s Environmental Paper Awards 2016

Mondi Group is very pleased to have been recognised in three categories of WWF’s Environmental Paper Awards in 2016.

  • In the category ‘’Transparency’’ Mondi was recognised for publishing the forest, climate and water footprint of 92% of our uncoated fine paper brands.
  • In the category “Best Environmental Performance Paper Brands”, 32 of our uncoated fine paper brands received this award, reaching over 80% of achievable scores.
  • In the category “Striving for Continual Improvement” our packaging paper brands were recognised for using a proactive approach in assessing the forest, water and climate footprint for internal purposes, using WWF´s Check your Paper Method.

David Hathorn, Chief executive of Mondi Group, said: “These awards confirm the importance of good environmental stewardship and recognise our philosophy of continuous improvement in reducing our environmental footprint. Our participation in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index and Check your Paper right from the start made good business sense for us and provides assurance about our products to our customers”.

Mondi and WWF have worked together over many years and in 2014 entered into a three year strategic partnership that focuses on promoting environmental stewardship in the packaging and paper sectors, minimising the impacts of Mondi’s operations on forests, climate and water and sharing information to encourage sustainable practices in the industry.

Peter Orisich, CEO Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper, added: “At Mondi we attach great importance to the sustainability of the wood, fibre and paper we source and strive to act sustainably – every day. The productive capability, biodiversity and community needs of the forest plantations that we own, manage and source material from are key elements of our management approach and systems. WWF’s Check Your Paper scheme is an excellent benchmarking tool that helps us to illustrate our commitment to transparency and improve the environmental footprint of our papers”.

About the Environmental Paper Company Index


The Environmental Paper Company Index which evaluates a company´s overall performance started in its current form in 2010. The Index credits transparency and improvements over time – data are kept confidential and are published in aggregated form only. Companies receive benchmarking report cards comparing their performance on each parameter to the average of other comparable participants. Participation today covers 15% of the world paper and 15% of the world´s pulp production. It has increased from 5 participants in 2010, to 15 (in 19 product categories) in 2011, 25 participants (in 40 product categories) in 2013 and 31 participants (in 52 product categories) in 2015 with the following regional spread: (participants by region/headquarter locations: 14 Europe, 8 North America, 6 South/Central America, 2 Asia, 1 Africa).

WWF´s Check your Paper Method reduces the complexity of evaluating a paper’s footprint by using relatively few, but carefully selected, environmental indicators.


South Africa Celebrates National Book Week

GP MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms Faith Mazibuko having a reading session with kids from Kids@Play during National Book Week Launch. Photo: NBWSA

GP MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms Faith Mazibuko having a reading session with kids from Kids@Play during National Book Week Launch. Photo: NBWSA

The 7th annual National Book Week kicked off at the Apartheid Museum with a keynote address by the Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms. Faith Mazibuko, who spoke on the importance of reading to build future leaders of our country.

National Book Week (NBW), which runs from the 05th -11th September 2016, is a strategic national campaign brought to you by the South African Book Development Council, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture. NBW, envisioning a reading South Africa, provides an overarching platform to get the nation reading and will be celebrated across all nine provinces of South Africa. Continue reading

Celebrating trees, wood and water this Arbor Week | 4 – 10 September

Celebrate the trees that make the wood that makes so many products we use every day. Credit: Mondi

Celebrate the trees that make the wood that makes so many products we use every day. Credit: Mondi

In South Africa, 1.3 million hectares (ha) of pine and eucalyptus trees are sustainably managed for commercial processing into wood and paper products. Through modern science and nanotechnology, wood fibre – cellulose – is used in automobiles, aerospace, defence and even medicine.

While Arbor Week traditionally calls on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management, timber plantations deserve due recognition for the benefits they bring to the economy, society and the environment. Continue reading

National Book Week – 1-18 September 2016









“It was Nelson Mandela who said that ‘education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. As the South African Book Development Council, we firmly believe that access to books from an early age is the sharp edge of the spear. That said, we are never too old to learn. By equipping citizens of all ages with books to read, we give them the ability to learn, to gain knowledge and to participate in the economy. Can there be a greater gift? This is why we are proud to drive the annual National Book Week and continue to build an army and nation of readers.”
Jane Molony, PAMSA executive director and chairperson of the South African Book Development Council