Articles Posted in the Green tips, Lifestyle category

Japanese ecofriendly gift wrapping

December 11, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle


Furoshiki gift wrapping from RecycleNow on Vimeo

Here’s a tree-friendly way to wrap your gifts this Christmas. With Japanese Furoshiki you can use a pretty scarf or any piece of beautiful material rather than paper – and it’s 100 percent reusalbe. Watch the video from RecycleNow (the UK’s official recycling campaign) for a few wrapping ideas, or download the pdf below for more instructions. You’ve still got plenty of time to practise.

Thanks to Jennifer for the idea.

Recycled fashion inspired by Africa

September 18, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

South African designer Clive Rundle brought a touch of the “reuse, recycle” part of the greenie mantra to the catwalk at the Sanlam Fashion Week in Johannesburg at the end of last month. But he says his garments – which he calls the the “recycled collection” – are not an attempt to be eco-friendly.

He told Mary Corrigall of the Sunday Independent in an interview that for clothing designers to be green in South Africa is “a joke” because it’s unbelievably difficult to achieve. His recycled clothing is not attempting to be green, but it is expressing something quintessentially African, he said. Read more

Look, it’s a Styrobot

August 27, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

Kevin Kelly stockpiled styrofoam packaging for five years and used it to create the Styrobot that you see pictured above. Just goes to show that with a little imagination you can reuse anything. Inspired? You can read how he did it on his website.

Make a change: Green tip #7

January 17, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

Bales of recycled paperThe energy saved by a year’s worth of paper recycling in South Africa is enough to provide electricity to 512 homes for a year, according to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa).

Not only is 40 percent less energy required to manufacture recycled paper, water consumption is halved and waste water is reduced by 35%.

Every metric ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 3 square metres of landfill space. Recycled fibre reduces air emissions in papermaking by 70 percent. Carbon dioxide emissions are cut by 2.8 tons and sulphur dioxide by 10kg.
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Make a change: Green tip #6

January 8, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

It really is a waste to throw kitchen leftovers into the dustbin when, with the help of a few worms, it could so easily be converted into nutritious organic fertiliser. And, before you turn your nose up at the thought of keeping a bucketful of little wrigglies as pets, consider this: Cape Town’s famous, five-star Mount Nelson Hotel has a wormery and it’s causing such excitement that it’s even been on TV.

A wormery is ideal for people who don’t have space to make a compost heap and it doesn’t appear to be that complicated to set up and maintain one. Wizzard Worms, based in KwaZulu-Natal, offers to deliver just the worms (by courier – who’d have thought?) or they can deliver a complete wormery (they cost just under R600, including delivery); plus the organisation offers ongoing support and information.

If you want to know more, Wizzard Worms’ website has tons of information on how a domestic wormery works and how to set one up yourself.