Green Living, sustainability

Green Ideas

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Local non-profit organization Qhubeka, with Wildlands Conservation Trust, promises a sturdy Buffalo Bike (designed by World Bicycle Relief) to every rural child who grows 100 saplings from (free) seeds. These are then planted out in community greening projects. Others can help by gathering 1 200kg of waste material for responsible disposal.

After earning her first bicycle, ‘tree-preneur’ Katlego, 11 (pictured with South African pro cycling MTN-Qhubeka team members), bartered another 500 saplings for her small fleet of five, which she now rents out to her community for extra income.


Earth Probiotic’s composting bag (R380, including 100g activator) is made of upcycled billboard material by non-profit Waste2Wow, which creates employment among local disadvantaged women. The open eyelets allow optimum oxygenation, while eyelets at the base provide escape channels for composting liquid.


School Media implements development initiatives ranging from environmental and crime awareness to sports development in schools. It also places display systems that make information accessible to school kids. Its new head office in Joubert Park (pictured) is completely made of recyclable material and forms part of The GreenHouse Project in the inner city that aims to green Joburg with sustainable living practices.


Portable functionality at its ecofriendly best? OrigAudio’s Canvas, a set of two one-watt speakers (from R149), is made from recycled material, requires no batteries or extension cords, and is compatible with any audio device that has a 3.5mm headphone port.


Pre-hung drapes get a new lease on life when Andrea Chilcott of Option B in Cape Town reworks them to suit your taste and pocket.

This article was originally featured in the September 2013 issue of House and Leisure.