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Text Bambina Olivares Wise, Leigh Robertson Photographs Supplied GREENING OF SCHOOLS Putting green school design in the spotlight is Vele Secondary School in rural Limpopo, once dilapidated but now a pioneering educational resource. The project of East Coast Architects, funded in part by Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network, it recently won the Afrisam/SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture. Among a host of improvements and green solutions, notable is its rooftop garden, developed by Clive Greenstone of Green Roof Designs. The garden attracts birds and butterflies, serving as ‘a research lab’ for learners. With significant developments in academic performance and morale reported, no doubt it’s had a positive effect on the students. CORN FED The Dandelion Infant Bowl & Spoon (R109) is made from a unique corn bioplastic formula that is free from harmful chemicals. Its practical and ergonomic design makes mealtimes easy for both parent and child. Available from Faithful to Nature. TOYING AROUND Smarticle is an online toy shop offering a hand-picked selection of toys and educational products, such as the Sand Play Set (pictured, R240), that embody green design – natural, safe, ecofriendly, nonviolent and sourced from manufacturers that provide safe and nurturing environments for their employees. Call them toys with a conscience. IT’S ELEMENTAL Feel the heat on your feet – in an energising way. The Copper & Hot Stone Pedicure (R400) from Africology is a 60-minute treatment using only natural aromatherapy- based oils and creams. It includes an energy- balancing copper foot bath followed by a hot-stone massage and an African potato foot wrap to pamper and reinvigorate. Faithful to Nature. This article was originally featured in the January/February 2013 issue of House and Leisure.