EVENT – 14 MAY – What on earth is going on?

EVENT – 14 MAY – What on earth is going on?
14 May 2019 | 17:30 - 19:30 | Chemical Engineering Seminar Room, New Chemical Engineering Building, Upper Campus UCT

EVENT – 14 MAY – What on earth is going on?

In partnership with UCT’s Green Campus Initiative (GCI) – come join us next Tuesday to find out tips about how you can live a more sustainable lifestyle – from beach-clean ups, to what you buy to how you discard of your packaging – come join us to learn how to decrease your foot print on the earth.

Many people don’t have the time to stay up to date with the wide variety of news going on in the sustainability/recycling industry. Or even if they do, they often don’t have time to listen to it from other perspectives or have time to discuss it with different people in the industry. As thought-leaders in the plastic recycling industry, it is our responsibility to provide this information to people.

The aim of this workshop is to provide attendees with an interesting variety of topics and to highlight some of the work that is currently taking place, we aim to enlighten, challenge perceptions and help attendees to make better choices about living a sustainable lifestyle.

Date: Tuesday 14 May 2019

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Venue: Chemical Engineering Seminar Room, New Chemical Engineering Building, Upper Campus UCT

Please note, PETCO members and students receive preferential entry and special discounts to attend the workshop.

If you are a PETCO Member, please contact Kara Levy at kara.levy@petco.co.za for your promo code, which entitles you to four complimentary tickets as a Voting Member, two complimentary tickets as an Associate Member, and a 50% discount on any additional tickets purchased.

If you are a student, please contact Kara Levy at kara.levy@petco.co.za for your promo code, which entitles each person to two complimentary (free) tickets.

Tickets are R100 for non-members and non-students.

Light snacks and drinks will be provided by PETCO and our refreshment partner PURA soda.

There is limited seating available so book your ticket today!

See the Quicket event here


17:30 – 18:00 Arrival and registration

18:00 – 18:15 Welcome & Setting the Scene – PETCO

18:15 – 18:25 Bet you didn’t know you could recycle that – Anthea Fransman, Recycle 1st

There are many misconceptions around what is and isn’t recyclable and this lack of knowledge often leads to apathy and confusion in the space. Here, Anthea will take us through the top 5 items recyclers find in the recycling which most people think are not recycled in SA but actually are, and how you can take part in helping the environment through recycling correctly.

18:25 – 18:35 Sustainability is not black and white, but 50 shades of grey – Takunda Chitaka, UCT

Takunda, a PhD candidate at UCT, is interested in understanding the waste situation is in South Africa, based on data-driven empirical evidence. People think sustainability is easy, but it is not. There is always a trade-off with any choice of material or packaging – life cycle assessments help cut through the confusion. Here, we learn about life-cycle assessments and why these are so important in determining sustainability.

18:35 – 18:45 Beach clean-ups and beyond – Aaniyah Omardien, The Beach Co-Op

Aaniyah is the founder of the Beach Co-op, a not-for-profit company whose mission is to mission is to eliminate, reuse, redesign and recycle single-use plastic, which often lands up in our oceans and on our beaches. Come and learn how you can participate in beach clean-ups, choose to buy products that aren’t part of the “dirty dozen”, decrease your use of single use plastics and see what initiatives are taking place in and around our beaches.

18:45 – 18:55 The Sustainable Fashion Revolution – Jackie May, TWYG

Waste-reduction and decreasing of pollution is about integrating small actions into your daily life to make better choices when it comes to the earth. Jackie May is an Editor, Writer and the Founder of Twyg, a sustainable lifestyle platform. With a specific interest in sustainable fashion, Jackie will teach attendees how to use their buying power to ensure their impact on the earth is minimised and how to ultimately live a more sustainable lifestyle through product and clothing choices.

18:55 – 19:00 Close and thanks – PETCO

19:00 – 19:30 Wrap up, networking and snacks