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In this week’s Jacpod podcast, we chat about plastic waste in South Africa and introduce a company making a good difference!


Johannesburg, South Africa – At GREEN HOME, sustainability is their passion, their vision and their daily work.

They exist to supply South Africa with a great range of environmentally friendly food packaging in the best way they can. They are here to change some trends, rewrite some rules and usher in a big-picture-thinking way of serving food on the go.

South Africans use a lot of plastic – and much of it ends in up rivers and oceans. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says South Africans use between 30kg and 50kg of plastic per person per year. That’s significantly less than the 136kg and 139kg per person per year in the US and Europe respectively. But much of the plastic ends up in the marine environment.

“Single-use plastics, most common in the food and beverage industry, are typically cheap, produced in bulk and carelessly discarded without being reused or recycled,” said the WWF.

Guy Cronje from GREEN HOME joins Brent Lindeque to chat about plastic waste in South Africa and why biodegradable packaging is so important here and around the globe.

Listen to the show here:

Sources: Jacpod | Good Things Guy 
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Brent Lindeque is the founder and man in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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