Getting ‘Tuff’ On Waste In South Africa

By Staff Writer

AFTER PRODUCING THE WORLD’S FIRST 100% RECYCLED REFUSE BAGS, INDUSTRY GIANT TUFFY PARTNERS WITH WWF SA TO FIGHT PLASTIC WASTE IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries have identified the country’s ‘green economy’ as a sector that could contribute to economic recovery from the devastating impact of COVID-19.

As integral as plastic is to modern life, we can no longer ignore the devastating effect plastic waste is having on nature. The amount of plastic waste has ballooned in recent times and found its way into the environment at a tragic cost to South Africa’s natural heritage and wildlife. The World Economic Forum reports, for example, that by 2050, there may be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Doing their part to drive much-needed education, awareness and behaviour change is local packaging manufacturer Tuffy.

Tuffy has joined forces with WWF SA to create greater awareness around the waste-to-landfill impact on the environment through on-product messaging, in-store communication, and other relevant activities. By purchasing Tuffy’s refuse bags, consumers contribute to the fight against waste. For every pack sold, Tuffy will donate a portion of the refuse bags’ sales in support of the vital conservation work done by WWF SA. 

A PARTNERSHIP AGAINST PLASTIC WASTE

The WWF SA partnership is a true testament to Tuffy’s long held commitment to the adoption of environmentally friendly production methods. Having pioneered the refuse bag-on-a-roll concept in South Africa, Tuffy has subsequently established itself at the forefront of the global sustainability agenda through its leadership in recycled content in plastics manufacturing. 

“We are delighted to be partnering with WWF SA in amplifying the need for increased knowledge around sustainability issues. At a time when ecological awareness is more important than ever, it is our responsibility as manufacturers to drive forward environmental goals and effect real change which can be facilitated even further with collaboration across the board,” says Rory Murray,Tuffy Marketing Head.

Commenting on the partnership Justin Smith, Head of Business Development Unit, WWF-SA “Tuffy is an iconic South African business that has driven real innovation in plastic recycling. We are incredibly grateful to them for their support of WWF’s work”.

This pledge is also underpinned by Tuffy’s role as a founding member of the SA Plastics Pact, a national initiative developed by the WWF SA in 2019 whereby various key stakeholders have set a series of ambitious 2025 targets to establish a circular plastics economy for South Africa.

TURNING TRASH INTO TRASH BAGS

Tuffy was the first organisation in the country to be certified for using 100% recycled material in its refuse bags (75% of the recycled content is the waste generated by the public that would otherwise end up in landfill) and the first to receive accreditation from an international product verification company to verify the claim 100% recycled.

Today, Tuffy is a preferred choice among South African households with its superior quality products in addition to being a key supplier to multiple big players in the retail space.

Tuffy has also been producing regular grocery carrier bags using 100% recycled material, with the same certification standard as their refuse bags – initiatives which have substantially increased the use of recycled content in the plastic industry.

These days Tuffy, on average, recycles an astonishing 544 311 kilograms of plastic per month, which is the weight of approximately 113 elephants.

KEEPING ALL PRODUCTION ON LOCAL SOIL

Since its inception in 1986, Tuffy has remained firmly invested in South Africa’s economic development as a key provider of jobs and advancing skills development; currently maintaining a 300 strong workforce located at its two operational plants in Bellville and Stikland. Tuffy has nurtured high quality home-grown manufacturing talent – developing its own customized machinery and production methods ensuring South Africa’s natural resources are protected in the process too.

“Having gone the distance in terms of withstanding difficult market circumstances in the local manufacturing environment, and when so many have chosen to outsource to the Asian continent, we’ve remained committed to supporting South African livelihoods and job creation,” concludes Murray.

Tuffy’s 100% recycled refuse bags can be found in most major retailers across the country.

Bandile Mathebula

Award wining writer and Journalist. Founding Editor In Chief at Sibizi News. Managing Director at Sibizi Media. Vice-Chairman at Ignite Young Minds SA. I have worked in the media industry for the past 7 years working across different brands and industries.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Hip Hop Collective Soundz Of The South Release 'FOR POWER'

Thu Oct 29 , 2020
Views: 58 A poignant political anthem about the struggles of life in lockdown Soundz of the South is a political Hip Hop collective working to build an international working-class counter-culture that is anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, and ant-sexist. With the release of their brand new single and Music Video ‘For Power’, […]

Let’s get social

Bujwa no Dzet presents the 'Ncika Remix' now available on all digital platforms. @Dzet_wabantu

Read more below
#artisit #gqom #lean #music #ncikaremix

https://bit.ly/35bEuQI

In celebration of the festive season of Ramadan, Gerena Free Fire is introducing its first Ramada-themed event, Light of Ramadan.

Read more below...
#entertainment #event #games #Rewards #technology

https://bit.ly/3wHmbif

The African Coalition on Menstrual Health Management (ACMHM) is collaborating with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, which will be held from 25 until 27 May 2021.

Read more below...
#communities #family #healthcare #women

https://bit.ly/3uyH5yD

Did someone say Comedy?

Comedy lovers I have some thrilling news for you ,5 HeavyWeight comedy show is coming to Carnival City for one night only.

Read more below...
#comedy #competition #entetainment #show

https://bit.ly/2TrBrl4

Smart on-demand emergency response services app, Trigger, today announced it has broadened its offering to include the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

Read more below...
#digital #mobileapps #safety #technology #trigger

https://bit.ly/2QfW4zs

Load More...
Wordpress Social Share Plugin powered by Ultimatelysocial