Sustainability Resources

Environmental Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations available on FSA website

Forestry South Africa (FSA) has released the third version of its popular Environmental Management Guidelines for Commercial Forestry Plantations in South Africa. Unlike previous iterations, this version is in electronic format and can be found on the FSA website www.forestry.co.za. Continue reading

Ibá launches infographic on the multiple uses of wood

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) has published a fantastic reference on planted trees and the multiples uses of wood. Just like South Africa, wood is used to produce pulp, wood panels, laminate flooring, paper, charcoal, and biomass – items that are present in our homes and our daily lives.  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

Using paper saves trees – a South African perspective

By using paper, more trees are planted, harvested and replanted. Photo: Mondi South Africa

By using paper, more trees are planted, harvested and replanted. Photo: Mondi South Africa

We can all agree that “digital is not going away” – it is very much a part of our world. I’m using it to publish this post. But even in this multimedia, multiplatform world, paper is not going away either. And that’s a good thing. Especially for trees. Continue reading

Got paper? Recycle it.

Respect the life cycle of paper. Recycle it.

Respect the life cycle of paper. Recycle it.

We connect with paper products every day – at home in the kitchen and bathroom; at the office; at the airport.

But it is estimated that only 5% of South African households recycle their paper products. So what is the other 95% doing? Unfortunately their paper goes into the refuse bin and off to landfill.

Today a magazine, tomorrow a newspaper

Locally produced paper is made from plantation-grown trees, recycled paper fibre or sugar cane fibre, making recycled paper is a valuable resource in the paper and packaging chain. While 62% of paper is recovered in South Africa, just less than one million tonnes still end up in landfill, degrading with food waste and adding to greenhouse gas levels in the air we breathe.

By recycling paper, the carbon (absorbed as carbon dioxide by the trees) remains ‘locked up’ in the paper and out of the atmosphere for longer.

Sort your rubbish from your recyclables

The first step to paper recycling is getting to know your recyclables.

YES NO
  • Magazines and brochures including glossy varieties
  • Newspapers
  • Office and shredded paper; envelopes
  • Cardboard of any kind – dry food, cosmetic and medicine boxes; roll cores; packing cartons
  • Paper giftwrap
  • Milk, beverage and food cartons
  • Used paper plates, disposable nappies, tissues and toilet paper
  • Wax-coated, foil-lined or laminated boxes
  • Used cement bags and  dog food bags
  • Foil gift wrapping, carbon and laminated paper

 

Get it collected or drop it off

Visit www.mywaste.co.za for collection programmes or drop-off sites in your area. Keep recyclables aside for an informal collector who walks your neighbourhood every week or contract the services of a small recycling business.