Plastics SA is proud to announce that it will be supporting the newly elected Miss Earth SA 2021, Nompumelelo Maduna, as she prepares to represent South Africa on the international stage at the end of the year.
According to Ella Bella Leite, Director of Miss Earth SA, they have had to restructure and refocus their work in accordance with COVID protocols this past year. “Lockdown restrictions kept us away from our usual community and school projects and initiatives. As a result, we have lost many of our sponsors and were not able to roll out projects as before. We are therefore immensely grateful for Plastics SA’s willingness to contribute funds towards Nompumelelo’s travelling expenses to get her to the Philippines later this year,” she says.
Although the focus of her Green Journey for 2021 will be on a vegetable garden development project in Kliptown, Soweto, as part of a feeding programme for the impoverished community, Nompumelelo will also be using her voice and influence on the global platform to help raise awareness about the dangers of pollution entering the marine environment as part of her #WasteStopsWithMe campaign.
Plastics are a very important and useful material for our modern society. There is not a single aspect of our lives that doesn’t use or rely on plastics to make it more efficient, easier or cost-effective. However, it is important for us to get the message out as far and wide as possible that plastic should not end up in the environment where it risks the health, safety and well-being of humans, animals and marine life.
To assist Nompumeleo on her journey and in her various clean-up and gardening activities, she was gifted with two pairs of PVC gumboots donated by Silver Lining Gumboots in KwaZulu-Natal. These stylish gumboots are as much at home in a mall as they are in a mud puddle and are shipped to international markets too.
Whether Miss Earth SA is involved in a beach or river clean-up, digging in a community garden or walking the streets of Manilla during the international event, she will always look stylish wearing her gumboots made from 100 % recycled PVC.
Our best wishes accompany Nompumeleo and the rest of the Miss SA team as they prepare for the international competition. As an industry and as a country we stand behind her and know that she will do us proud as she promotes the use of our Earth’s resources in a responsible manner!