Green Living

Eco-friendly design

Text Bambina Olivares Wise Photographs Supplied BIKER CHIC It may be the most energy-efficient way to travel around town and enjoy the great outdoors while burning kilojoules, but cycling isn’t always convenient when you have stuff to transport. The French heritage trunk and leather goods company, Moynat, now part of the LVMH empire, recently introduced a monogrammed canvas bicycle trunk that fits over standard bikes and serves as a picnic basket or storage bin. Available by special order; moynat.com BEAU-TEA-FUL SKIN For years the plant Aspalathus linearis, better known as rooibos, has been used as a calming tea, a soothing agent for skin irritations and a tonic for colicky babies. Cape Town-based skincare brand African Extracts’ products are packed with the antioxidant power of this extract. Its latest addition, the Purifying range, comprising cleansing bar, face wash, moisturiser, 3-in-1, toner and vanishing cream (from R15), includes the potency of rooibos with calming baobab, and salicylic acid. africanextracts.com BAMBOO BOOST Fast growing and an environmentally sustainable resource, bamboo is a durable wood that can be used for almost anything, from flooring to homeware and even textiles. Online bridal registry boutique Silver Ribbon stocks a host of gift items made from bamboo for eco-conscious newlyweds – such as this kitchen utensil caddy (above, R195). silverribbon.co.za For more picks, including a Q&A with designer Craig Jacobs, see page 168 of our October 2012 issue...