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Cape Town’s rivers are overflowing with plastic.

Find out more about water pollution in South Africa’s rivers and join the Plastic Pollution Initiative.

But most importantly: Ask the City of Cape Town to Protect Cape Town’s Rivers from Pollution.

#Reduce  #Reuse  #Recycle  #ChooseToRefuse  #NoPlastic




Now that #PlasticFreeJuly is coming to an end, your commitment doesn’t have to.


Continue to  #Refuse  #Reduce  #Reuse  #Recycle and prevent 1 billion items from reaching the ocean by 2020.


I just chose Planet. Will you?

I just chose Planet. Will you?


The National Geographic is running an awareness campaign, challenging you to choose Planet or Plastic.

You can design your individual pledge, picking which plastics you #ChooseToRefuse.


#Reduce  #Reuse  #Recycle  #ChooseToRefuse  #NoPlastic


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While we all should try to reduce the negative impact we have on this planet, we can also start to make up for our wasteful lifestyle and bring back to life what civilisation has destroyed:


How To Restore the Earth


Ecosystem Restoration Camps are the solution, as we learned in an inspiring talk by John Dennis Liu.


Such an inspiring talk! Make sure you make the next presentation on 23rd July!

Such an inspiring talk! Make sure you make the next presentation on 23rd July!


John outlined how to regenerate vast destroyed landscapes on the example of China’s Loess Plateau and continued to restore throughout his talk, – this time hope amongst the audience.


He explained that we don’t need permission to save the planet: Let’s not wait for the big world organisations. We can simply start ourselves.


He experienced how doing good brought people together on their own inititiative, with their own funding.


John pointed out that large scale projects need to be tackled by a large team of unified stake holders, such as community organisations, local authorities, relevant NGOs, NPOs and charities, guided by a representative council.


He advised that Ecosystem Restoration Camps only work if we accept each other as equals.


In conclusion John showed us the not-so-secret secret handshake amongst camp members that confirms this vision with every greeting.


You have to hear John’s story of hope in person.

There’s another chance to see John live:


Hope in a Changing Climate: John D. Liu – The Great Work of Our Time: Tuesday 23rd Jul 2019 6:30pm at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch.


Book your tickets now on Quicket.




Of course: The bicycle.

I can tell from experience, as I #CycleToCommute.


How often did I race my flatmates home after meeting up after work in London.

I was the only one on a bicycle.

Most people used public transport, so it meant a race against the tube.

Even if I walked with them to the tube station and took off from there, I always was the quickest one home. If there was an interchange in their tube journey, I knew I could take it easy.

Even the night bus was no match: While it may take off with more vroom, at the next traffic light I’d be overtaking it. As soon as it circumvened from the most direct route it meant: ‘See you later’ for me.


When I cycle to commute I always race some car. – It just makes the journey more fun. However, I so often encounter traffic, that the winner of the race is all too apparent as I cycle past the rows of cars stuck stagnant in traffic.


But don’t just take my word for it, there are many examples showing the bicycle wins in a comparison of different modes of transportation.

The space the same amount of people take up in traffic on a bus, bicycles, and cars.

The space the same amount of people take up in traffic on a bus, bicycles, and cars.


The fact that the bicycle is a completely carbon emission free way to get from a to b makes it of course a clear winner.






Take the 4 R pledge today!

Take the 4 R pledge today!


It’s #PlasticFreeJuly, which encourages us to #ChooseToRefuse #SingleUsePlastic.


It’s tough to avoid plastic, it’s simply everywhere. And it’s even tougher to save the planet.


But we need to start somewhere. We all can do our bit.


Take the 4 Rs pledge:

REFUSE disposable plastic whenever and wherever possible.
Choose items that are not packaged in plastic, and carry your own bags, containers and utensils. Say ‘no straw, please.’

REDUCE your plastic footprint.
Cut down on your consumption of goods that contain excessive plastic packaging and parts. If it will leave behind plastic trash, don’t buy it.

REUSE durable, non-toxic straws, utensils, to-go containers, bottles, bags, and other everyday items.
Choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic.

RECYCLE what you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse.
Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal.



#Reduce  #Reuse  #Recycle  #ChooseToRefuse  #NoPlastic


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If you thought about reducing your contribution to the plastic pollution, but didn’t know where to begin, here’s a great challenge to join and start off with:

Take the Plastic Free July challenge!


Take the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge and #ChooseToRefuse #SingleUsePlastic!

Take the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge and #ChooseToRefuse #SingleUsePlastic!


Plastic Free July is a global yearly challenge where millions of people give up single-use plastic during the month of July.

It aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic items in our lives and challenges people to do something about it.

Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school, and even at your local café.


You can choose to commit for a day or the entire month or forever.

You can target the top 4 worst plastic items: plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic straws and plastic coffee cups, or #ChooseToRefuse #SingleUsePlastic altogether.

You can make changes at home, at work, and in your local community.


Whatever you do, start today! Make the pledge now.


#Reuse  #Reduce  #Recycle  #ChooseToRefuse  #NoPlastic


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After the recent Cape drought crisis, it has become second nature for us to save water.


Water restrictions are still at Level 3, meaning 105 litres or less are allowed per person per day.


A great way to reduce drinking water consumption is by collecting grey water and rainwater.


With Cape Town’s recent major rain falls, even causing some flooding, we collected a lot of rainwater in a very short time.


Where to keep it all?


Of course, the bath tub comes to mind: For the first time ever, our bath is full with water to the brim!


Since we restored and renovated an over 100 year old Victorian house, our bath tub has been sitting pretty much empty.

Filling it with buckets of rainwater makes you realise how much water it actually holds!


#WaterSaving: Our bath tub only gets used to store rainwater.

#WaterSaving: Our bath tub only gets used to store rainwater.


Depending how you collect rainwater, it’s pretty much clean.

You just need to make sure the first flow of rainwater that is washing off the dust and dirt from roofs and buildings is avoided.

After that, any rainwater you collect is clear and absolutely fine for flushing the toilet, washing your clothes or general cleaning like mopping the floors.


With so much rainwater at hand, it’s a real luxury to not need to let our toilet water mellow.


Because if I’ve learned something from the drought crisis, it is this: Clean running drinking water is an absolute luxury!




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