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Levi’s CEO, Charles Bergh’s stand on Global Sustainability

Global Sustainibility

The CEO of Levi Strauss & Co.’s, Charles Bergh, admitted to not washing his jeans for more than a year! This certainly created a stir. Many people have been asking this question for years: How often does one wash an expensive pair of jeans? The CEO when talking about this was making a point concerning sustainability, do we really need to wash our clothes after we have worn them once or twice! This is certainly a culture that has developed in the western world over the years.

This CEO believes that it is important to always choose the harder right over the easier wrong. He is inspired daily to add value to a better future for everyone. We certainly need more leaders like him.

Some interesting FACTS

In 2007 an assessment was done on the life cycle of a pair of jeans. Washing, wearing, etc…The results revealed that there was a chance to conserve water. Washing a pair of jeans daily, over 2 years uses 3500 litres of water! Washing them once a week uses half that amount of water. Water being a precious resource on our earth.

In 2011, Levi introduced a production Jean that was called Water-Less. They have saved 770 million litres of water – this is more water than New Yorkers consume in a month. Still this only impacts 4% of water in their direct control, so they went to look at the second largest water consumer, the growing of Cotton. Which consumes about 48% of the water a pair of jeans will consume? The solution was the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). This project has some amazing partners and is working to promote sustainable cotton farming with less water.

Lastly, we know more than 46% of water is used in the Jeans life cycle by washing machines. Our care tag on our Jeans asks for people to wash less often and make a difference to the planet. Imagine the impact we could make if we merely washed our Jeans less regularly. Our planet would benefit and our Jeans would last longer. Amazing find!!!

Have you thought about how you can help with our sustainability issue in saving our planet?


PetroSA invest R4.5m in Eco-Schools programme


PetroSA will be funding an eco-schools programme geared towards motivating environmental responsibility among the many youths to the tune of R4.5 million.

“We are aware of the need to preserve and protect our environment for future generations. The best thing about the programme is based on the fact that it exposes the younger generation to the incredible importance of responsible environmental custodianship,” Kaizer Nyatsumba, head of corporate affairs and shared services, explained.

The programme, introduced in 2003, is provided by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa along with the World Wildlife Fund, accredits schools that make a commitment to constantly enhance their schools’ environmental performance.

The national oil company announced funding of R4.5 million over a three-year period according to the company.


Among the list of 650 South African schools that were given an Eco-Schools award due to their hard work in 2011, 64 were honored with an International Eco-Schools flag for developing and sustaining their environmental projects over a five-year period.

A number of the schools which happen to have received this award consist of under resourced ones like Carshalton Farm School in Mooi River to well-resourced schools such as the Virginia Preparatory in Durban North.

The moment schools register with the programme, they make a commitment to enhancing environmental learning and action by way of the curriculum with pertinent themes being decided on by teachers and learners.

The sheer numbers of schools that have signed up with the programme continues to grow from 100 in the first year to over 1100 in 2011. At the moment 51 countries participate in the programme throughout the world with Iran, China, USA and Uganda being some of the most recent countries to sign up with the programme.

The funding forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts.

For information about the Eco-Schools initiativeclick here

Source: BuaNews


South Africa to host One Young World 2013


Following several months of toil Johannesburg has bagged the global One Young World Youth Summit in 2013..

The city was shortlisted as a contender for the role of host along with Pittsburgh in the US, but both locations came up trumps. Pittsburgh is going to host the 2012 conference and Johannesburg is going to take the reins in 2013.

“We’re thrilled, delighted and ecstatic,” expressed the CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC), Lindiwe Kwele, who attended the final event of the 2011 summit in Zurich when the announcement was made.

The JTC was responsible for presenting Johannesburg’s bid. “JTC’s conference and events bureau team has devoted a great deal of effort bidding for One Young World, and we are extremely excited to be bringing this high profile event to Joburg in two years’ time,” said Kwele.



Young leaders getting together

One Young World is a platform for today’s young leaders, with the main objective of connecting the smartest young thinkers with those in power, as a consequence making certain that their concerns and opinions are given serious attention.

Global leaders in a variety of fields, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, musician Bob Geldof and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan support the summit and act as counsellors to delegates. Tutu was a speaker at this year’s event, as was British chef Jamie Oliver.



The inaugral summit was held in London in 2010, when 823 delegates from 112 countries joined together to debate the concerns facing young people of today. Zurich hosted this year’s conference from 1 to 4 September, with approximately 1 200 delegates from 170 countries.

“Clinching the event for Johannesburg and Africa is extremely significant on so many levels,” Kwele said.

“Africa is considered the continent containing the most significant proportion of youth (20%) – as a demographic component of the population – and it would be significant to host this event on a continent which numerous young adults call home and that provides so many opportunities and challenges.”



Addressing contemprary issues

At the first conference six resolutions were tabled as the most pressing contemporary issues. These were, and remain:

  •  Political leaders to make clear their stances on humanitarian issues;
  •  Global business to define and act on their role in the fight against poverty;
  •  Leaders and followers of all faiths to commit to delivering peace among all nations, races and creeds;
  •  Media to use its influence to help protect truth and personal freedom;
  •  Governments to take more legislative action to guarantee that carbon emissions reduction targets are agreed on and met by 2020; and
  •  Businesses, governments and civil society to work together to prioritise health care and nutrition.

“What One Young World really is, is a remarkable network of remarkable shared accountability, a scarce and completely unique platform to interact with the world’s youth about what matters now, and what will matter the most, tomorrow,” said Catherine Peter, the Africa director of One Young World.



The chance to host the summit in Johannesburg would present the platform to share ideas on the value of developing young adults into future leaders, learning from both developing and developed countries, Kwele said.

On the announcement of the winners, One Young World co-founder David Jones, an advertising guru, said: “We received amazing bids from superb cities and Johannesburg is a true global icon, a city that has shown it can handle world events with style and exuberance.

“We are thrilled that the city will be our host for the One Young World summit 2013.”

For more information – click here


Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com


Antares Field Guide 90-day Field Guide Course

Antares will be running their 1st 90-day course from 6th June onwards. This course offers potential field guides a fantastic opportunity to spend a decent amount of time in the bush environment studying the level 1 curriculum and obtaining valuable practical exposure to a wide variety of game species, including Big 5.

Should anyone wish to enrol please visit the website, www.antares.co.za and complete the online application form.

There is a special introductory price of R35 000 for this opportunity of a lifetime.

A former student from the previous 6-week programme quoted – “this was probably the best 6 weeks of my life, an experience I will never forget”

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