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Article by Nampak 10 October 2012

Nampak Liquid sponsors Food & Trees for Africa

“Paper is the only renewable source of packaging. Very simply, the more fibre-board liquid cartons that
are consumed means the more trees are planted… For every one tree that is chopped down, 1.3 trees are
planted.”- Terry van der Walt, Marketing Manager, Nampak Rigid Plastics

Nampak Liquid in Isithebe, manufacturers of Conipak® and Pure-pak® liquid fibre-board cartons, is sponsoring
167 trees from Food & Trees for Africa.  Food & Trees for Africa is an NGO specialising in tree planting as a means of mitigating the effects of climate change and greening previously disadvantaged local communities.
The sponsorship kicked off on Tuesday, 25 September when Nampak Liquid and Food & Trees for Africa
handed-over 20 indigenous trees to a community-run project in Evaton, a township north of Sebokeng in
Gauteng. Botle Ba Thlaho, which means “the beauty of nature” in Sotho, aims to supply animal products
and vegetables to surrounding markets, while employing members of the community.

The company’s Technical Manager, Hennie van Staden, fulfilled the ceremonial role of planting the first tree.
He was supported by Edwin Makushu, a representative from Food & Trees for Africa, as well as Barbera Msibi,
the Project Leader, Fani Mzizi, a Project Member and people from the Evaton community.
On the same day, a mix of 40 fruit and indigenous trees was also given to the Nkolweni Primary School in
Dobsonville, Soweto.

According to Terry van der Walt, the Marketing Manager of the Nampak Rigid Plastics cluster, which includes
Nampak Liquid, the company’s partnership with Food & Trees for Africa is an opportunity to give back to
the community, while making a positive difference to the greening challenge.
“Many people are oblivious to the fact that paper is the only renewable form of packaging. Very simply,
the more fibre-board liquid cartons that are consumed, the more trees are planted,” says Terry. “For every
one tree that is chopped down, 1.3 trees are planted. We also check that our paperboard supplies are
responsibly sourced from sustainable forests. In most cases, Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC, [Status]) Chain of
Custody Certification and similar traceability initiatives are the benchmark. As a result, we can track our
liquid cartons to the plantations where the fibre-board originated. ”

The Food & Trees for Africa partnership is the company’s way of making sure that the important messages
associated with Arbor Month and Heritage Day in September remain relevant and top-of-mind throughout
the year. Further tree plantings will be announced in due course Back to top ^