Dear TAPPSA reader,
It’s the final stretch of 2017, and again I found myself wondering what happened to the past 11 months. If you’re like me, it’s a time when I deliberate on the year past and what I could have done better. I also consider what I still need to get done before December. The latter often induces a state of panic!
Welcome to the fourth and final issue for the year. This edition promises to be jam-packed, hopefully with something for everyone.
In our main feature I tackle the sticky issue of label waste and the recycling of release liner. Putting the article together was no easy task. In essence it’s a thought piece and I hope it will make us sit up and think about the impact of label waste on the environment and how the pulp and paper industry can play a more proactive role in addressing it.
From an events perspective, it’s been a busy quarter: from forestry and wood at SAFCOL Forest Industrialisation Conference to folklore and local publishing at the South African Book Fair, as well as cooking demos, the Propak Cape packaging trade show and smart individuals hacking out ideas, showcasing their BTech projects and Masters students presenting their theses.
In this issue we cover matters of recycling, nanocellulose, fabric and machine clothing as well as sensor and measuring technology along with our regular sustainability news.
I must extend a huge thank you to our advertisers – without your support, this publication would be simply not be possible.
While we agree that the local pulp and paper industry is a small enough sector for suppliers to knock on the doors of pulp and paper customers to sell their product and services, the TAPPSA Journal is a means for you to tell your stories, share your news and contribute to the knowledge of thousands of readers. In order to do this, we rely on advertisement support. We look forward to continuing and improving this relationship in 2018.
And of course, much appreciation goes to our contributing authors and companies from whom I have begged and borrowed some interesting articles.
As we wind down our year, reflect on our accomplishments and plot the way for 2018, why not ponder on these words by American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn; they certainly spoke to me.
“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you’ll make a living, if you work hard on yourself you can make a life.”
Have a safe and blessed festive season. May it be a time of refreshment, relaxation and some soulful stock-taking.