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The circular economy, where we use the same commodity over and over again, is the only way to ensure responsible consumption of resources, writes STACEY DAVIDSON, director at REDISA.

The reality is that most businesses do not consider the waste that comes from their products or operations as their problem, and few factor the cost of recovering and recycling this waste into their cost of manufacturing, which is in turn costing the environment dearly.

We firmly believe that looking at use of consumer products further than the end of their accepted lifecycle, and re-introducing them back into the economy will go a long way towards reducing our reliance on fossil fuels for new product development.

Here in South Africa, the tyre industry has led the way towards developing a successful, and sustainable circular economy. To date we have made remarkable progress in creating jobs and developing small businesses while turning waste into worth. Through the implementation of this circular economy, we have not only been able to reduce environmental impact of tyre waste but we also have been able to address socio-economic needs.

The rubber recycling industry has been enhanced because we have created a means for them to secure their feedstock – allowing them to focus on their core business and become more competitive and viable. Overall by implementing a circular economy we have been able to support the South African economy through 80% investment back into industry.

However, developing a circular economy goes much further than recycling (given that this is often energy intensive) and there is a strong business case for its development.  Analysis by McKinsey estimates that shifting in this direction could add $1 trillion to the global economy by 2025 and create 100,000 new jobs within the next five years.

According to the McKinsey report the economic case for the circular economy is tangible. The cost of remanufacturing mobile phones for example could be reduced by 50% per device if the industry made handsets that were easier to take apart, improved the reverse cycle, and offered incentives to return devices that are no longer needed. The economic gain from materials savings alone is estimated at over a trillion dollars a year. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) a shift to innovatively reusing, remanufacturing and recycling products could lead to significant job creation. Five hundred thousand jobs are created by the recycling industry in the EU alone.

There are many options available to cut emissions, including using energy more efficiently, switching to renewable energy sources and investing in large-scale afforestation.

The circular economy encourages each of us to focus on what we can do in our daily lives to save water, energy and other natural resources, and turn waste into a resource.

The sooner we start revisiting the way we look at ‘waste’, and the more concerned we become about commodity efficiency, the better.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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