Sustainability

Sustainability supports the mission of striving to improve environmental health and quality of life. The food industry is constantly evolving, developing sustainable processes and giving them the opportunity to make a difference in the world.

FACTS takes on a #SustainabilityChallenge

COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted all our lives in one way or another, and has caused disruption in our daily routines. This is a sensitive time; but it’s also an opportunity to introduce change, and take on challenges to improve our lives and make a difference. At FACTS, we continue to promote...

An introduction: biodegradable and compostable plastic

The desire for alternatives to traditional plastic packaging that deliver lower environmental impact has created a growing market for biodegradable and compostable packaging. However, there is currently very little in the way of effective consumer education around biodegradable and compostable plast...

Lab-Grown Meat: Ready, Steady… Wait

Lab-grown meat products are not yet commercially available, but multiple organisations and research groups are racing to bring product to market. How close are you from braaiing your first lab-grown steak? It’s Friday night, and the scene is set for a braai – but this time, the meat was not h...

Food safety and climate change

Climate change is having a significant impact on the world; from animals near to extinction to Venice flooding; the effects of climate change on the global environment have been catastrophic thus far. These effects have spilt over into the food industry, and a behavioural shift is needed to assure o...

The cost of not prioritizing a circular economy

‘Sustainability practices’, ‘circular economy’, and ‘greening your business’ – for most companies, in most parts of the world, these are functions of business that are seen as important to have, but which are not prioritised over strategic business decisions. Yes, perhaps in some cases...

(UN)Sustainable adulteration

In July this year, the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) got together to assess the impact that food adulteration has on the seventeen established UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (www.un.org/sustainable...

SA’s food waste problem

In South Africa, an estimated third of our food ends up in the dump. This means 10 million tonnes of food go to waste every year – that’s a third the 31 million tonnes produced annually in South Africa. How can the Food Industry have a positive impact on promoting awareness of the United Nations...

Packaging pollution becoming a neighbourhood project

Litter, in all its forms, is a fact of modern life. How we choose to manage this challenge is a decision that connects us to our environment. Wishing litter away will not make it disappear. Disposing of it in a conscientious and sustainable manner is a step in the right direction. Choosing environme...

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