If you could choose to buy products from companies supporting fair trade and campaigning to end testing on animals and child trafficking, would you do so? What about companies that reduce their carbon emissions and opt for cleaner, greener technology? Research suggests that most of us would support them in a heartbeat.
Sustainability and Disruption
Woolworths has become the first South African company to become a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. It has publicly committed to using palm oil derived from sustainable sources in the production of its toiletries and foods – but only by 2015. The timeframe implies the enormity of the task.
Atomising trash eliminates the need to dump it, and generates useful power too... Disposing of household rubbish is not, at first glance, a task that looks amenable to high-tech solutions. But Hilburn Hillestad of Geoplasma, a firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, begs to differ.
Given the environmental issues that have dogged fish farming down the years - pollution, disease, the need for wild fish to feed to the farmed ones - how can the industry expand so far without creating major problems? And where are all the extra fish farms to go? On all fronts, aquaculture is searching for new frontiers.
A solar-powered cardboard cooker which aims to transform the lives of hundreds of millions of villagers in developing countries is the winner of the $75,000 prize in a global competition, organised by the Forum for the Future, for innovation to tackle climate change.
Columbit Corks South Africa intends helping their wine clients reduce their carbon footprints by giving them SA’s own carbon-absorbing ‘superplant’, the humble Spekboom shrub. A leafy succulent native to arid areas of the Cape, the Spekboom can store more than four tons of carbon per hectare per year; putting it in the same class as a moist, subtropical forest.