The average person produces 1,4 kg of trash per day and more than 511 kg of trash per year.

Pollution, and plastic pollution, in particular, has an extremely detrimental impact on the environment. We believe that individuals can reduce their impact by making better purchase decisions and by supporting circular economies.

However, evaluating and selecting the least harmful materials is not always that clear. This July, Greenpop has partnered with CAN DO! to explore the environmental impact of aluminium cans, and whether cans are a more sustainable alternative to plastic.

Are cans more sustainable than plastic? Should you #CHOOSECANS?

Let’s investigate.

Through a series of blog posts, videos and live interviews our team will investigate the sustainability of aluminium cans. Follow our campaign this month as we review product lifecycles, speak to local experts and compare cans to other packaging alternatives.

 

Blog - The Lifecycle of a Can

To start to understand the environmental impact of a can, we need to look at a can’s whole lifecycle – and assess at every point how a can will impact the environment. Read our blog post below to understand how a can is made.

Click here to read the post.

By Jan-Niclas Schindzielorz

Blog - What is the dirty dozen?

The Dirty Dozen is an innovative data collection methodology developed by The Beach Co-op.

The methodology was developed to empower active citizens to collect useful scientific data during beach clean-ups.

Read it on our blog here.

By Carla Wessels

Blog - Teaching kids (and parents) about waste

A child’s first interaction with packaging is often their snack pack!

In this post, we explore useful tips for parents to educate their kids about the impact of single-use plastic – and empower them to make more sustainable choices.

Read it on our blog here.

By Jan-Niclas Schindzielorz

Blog - Let's compare: Cans vs. Glass vs. Plastic

Are cans a sustainable alternative to plastic or glass beverage bottles? We compare the three packaging options, and their environmental impact, in this blog post.

Read it here on our blog here, from 22 July 2020.

By Carla Wessels

Video - Beach litter & The Dirty Dozen

In this video, we chat to Aaniyah Omardien from The Beach Co-Op about the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans.

We look in particular at beach litter and The Dirty Dozen.

Watch the video here.

Video - Beach Litter & The Rocky Shores

In this video, we chat to Megan-Rose Francis from The Beach Co-Op about the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans.

We look in particular at the plastic litter in our rocky shores.

Watch the video here.

Video - Recyling in South Africa

In this video, we chat with a local recycling company about the realities of recycling in South Africa.

Watch the video here on IGTV from 20 July 2020. 

Video - BOS Ice Tea: Why cans?

In this video, we chat to the team at BOS Ice Tea. We discuss why they decided to use cans and the role that creativity and design plays in their brand.

Watch the video here on IGTV from 27 July 2020.

IG Live with Zaynab Sadan (WWF)

Join us on Friday, 3 July at 09:00 for an interview with Zaynab Sadan from WWF South Africa.

We’ll be talking about the role that circular economies play in sustainable waste management.

(Instagram Live – @GreenpopSA)

IG Live with Eleanor Weideman (UCT)

Join us on Friday, 10 July at 09:00 for an interview with Eleanor Weideman from UCT.

We’ll be talking about waste & litter in a South African context.

(Instagram Live: @GreenpopSA)

IG Live with Hayley McLellan (Two Oceans Aquarium)

Join us on Friday, 24 July at 09:00 for an interview with Hayley McLellan from the Two Oceans Aquarium.

We’ll be talking about the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans.

(Instagram Live – @GreenpopSA)

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