Recycling helps reduce energy used during manufacturing, freeing it up to be used for other purposes such as lighting and heating.
It's surprising how easy it is to live sustainably; here are tips to go green at home, work, school, on the road and in your community.
A number of companies around the country make it simple to recycle plastics, paper, glass and even building materials. Here's a guide to recycling across South Africa.
The idea is simple: save land by sending as little rubbish to solid waste landfills as possible. As more people consume more things, more waste is generated. This means more land needs to be given over to containing rubbish – land that could have been used for agriculture or housing, for example.
Recycling is all the rage if you're a committed greenie; but there are important dos and don'ts you need to know to separate and recycle your rubbish properly.
Repurposed shipping containers and green building methods have provided the space to set up a caring and nurturing environment for 80 orphaned and abandoned children. There is also opportunity for dignity through the home's environmental concerns.
Ocean Sole in Kenya is taking marine conservation and recycling to beautiful ends. It creates works of art, household items, jewellery and other objects out of discarded flip-flops that otherwise clog up the country's beaches, coast and waterways.
• Pollution gets the boot
South Africa aims to have all households in the country's large centres separating their own waste into recyclable and non-recyclable material by 2016.