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Water Angels: Kindness during South Africa’s Severe Drought

For many South Africans, the water crisis has reached rock bottom. But, while the country remains in the grip of a severe drought, relief has come from all corners. Social media awareness efforts have rallied schools, companies and private individuals to distribute water and animal feed to some of the Free State’s hardest hit areas […]

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Zimbabwe-China Land Deal: Social & Environmental Costs?

A portion of Zimbabwe’s new black farmers will be trading part of their land to Chinese investors, in exchange for funding for infrastructural development and other farming support. The Zimbabwean government has signed a deal with the Chinese government which will mostly affect farmers on previously white-owned land in the Mashonaland East province. Reports indicate […]

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Greenwashing Sins Exposed!

Greenwashing is defined as the act of misleading consumers about the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. The 7 Sins to watch out for are: 1. ‘Sin’ of HIDDEN TRADE: whereby a product suggests it’s ‘green’ based on a narrow set of attributes. 2. ‘Sin’ of VAGUENESS: […]

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Energy-Efficient Cooking

No matter what oven and hob you have in your home, there are a whole host of things that you can do to save energy and cook more efficiently with the appliance that you have! CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE HOB. Don’t use a large hob for a small pan. This means you’ll heat the sides […]

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How to Raise Greener Kids

Often, by choosing to go green as parents, we are able to save money by cutting down on consumption and waste. We’re also teaching our kids important lessons about protecting the earth and being eco-conscious! 10 Green Parenting Tips: 1. GET OUTSIDE! Kids are suffering from ‘nature deficit disorder’, spending more time in front of […]

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Greener Golf Greens

With more than 32 000 golf courses globally, and counting, it is imperative that we find ways to make golf courses more sustainable! Love them or hate them, the fact of the matter is that golf courses are incredibly popular the world over. Unfortunately, golf courses come with a whole host of environmental and social […]

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Ash: 7 Ways to Extend Your Wood Fire’s Benefits

The ashes left behind from a wood fire are a valuable and versatile by-product. Here are 7 great uses for your leftover ash: 1. FIRE STARTERS: Lumps of charcoal (the black chunks, not the grey/white ash) shouldn’t be removed from your fireplace. These will help kick-start your next fire and get it producing heat far […]

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10 Eco-Friendly Winter Warmers

South Africa: In the thick of winter we’re going to want to keep warm and cosy! We’re not going to want to give up any of those winter comforts, and being conservative about using energy won’t necessarily be at the top of our list of priorities. While the temperature is still pleasant, what you may […]

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Save Water & the Environment with a Rain Garden

What is a rain garden? A rain garden is an attractive landscaping feature planted with perennial native plants. It is a bowl-shaped or saucer-shaped garden with deep, loose soil, designed to absorb stormwater run-off from impervious surfaces such as roofs and parking lots. Rain gardens can be small, formal, home-owner style gardens, large complex bio-retention […]

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