Eco Atlas empowers you to make better lifestyle and travel choices for the planet, your family, your business and yourself. South Africa's all-inclusive ethical platform provides a unique search function which enables you to find places to eat, shop, stay and play according to the priorities that are important to you as a responsible traveller and conscious consumer.
There are so many people and places creating positive change and walking the ethical talk and Eco Atlas provides you with the map to find them. Expect to find hotels which recycle, restaurants serving ethical food or activities that empower the local community. Using the twenty Eco Choice icons you will be able to see at a glance who is achieving sustainable goals and make informed decisions about where to go, or be inspired to source locally produced and earth-friendly goods.
Eco Atlas is the first of its kind in South Africa in that it provides you with both the social and environmental achievements of places and highlights businesses that are making a difference. Any business can be listed as long as they meet at least three of the Eco Choice criteria.
Knowledge is power, put the power of choice back in your hands and, find what you’re looking for (and if you can't find it, Recommend a Place you love and help grow the eco ethic movement!)
"I'm passionate about providing proactive tools so we can overcome the great disconnect and have a true sense of the part we play in this web we call life, enabling a viable future for all."
Rhian Berning - Eco Atlas Founder
Eco Atlas Advisory Team
Gina Ziervogel lectures at UCT in the Dept of Environmental & Geographical Science. She has focused her research on climate change vulnerability and adaptation and has an interest in social-ecological system transformation. She is passionate about transdisciplinary and applied research, has worked with a range of academics, local communities, NGOs and local government and been involved in a number of local and international activities around climate and development.
Xoli Fuyani is an Environmental Educator at the Earthchild Project. For more than 15 years she has been working in the NGO sector, offering complementary education to Primary Schools and communities with a focus on environmental education and self development. Her approach to education is holistic, reconnecting the children to self, nature and the world around them. Her wish is to inspire children to play a role in our societies by creating the change they want to see, by learning and developing a sense of UBUNTU (humanity), because we all have the ability to enhance or change the current situation.
Errol Finkelstein is a marketing and technology strategist, and qualified Chartered Accountant (SA). A former SAB GM who subsequently partnered with and worked at MasterCard International New York integrating their biggest global corporate customers with SAP. He is the Founding Chairman of the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve.
Pierre Heistein is a macroeconomic consultant specialising in Sub-Saharan Africa. He works as an independent specialist for a range of leading consultancies including 10EQS Consulting Services in the U.S. and Oxford Analytica in the U.K. For the last 6 years Pierre has written a weekly column for The Business Report in South Africa.
Martin Wolfaardt has a diverse background that encompasses a post-graduate degree in theoretical physics, a few unpleasant years in the financial markets, ownership of a small web development business and his current role as CTO for an international company in the Talent Analytics space. His passion for jazz improvisation reflects an evolving realisation that the only hope we have of leaving our children a habitable planet is to respond to the incessant madness of modernity with creativity, positivity and meaningful personal development.
"Innovative projects like Eco Atlas are essential to give citizens the tools to choose between those businesses that are in it just for the money and those that are using their capabilities on all fronts to build a better future for all."
- Robert Zipplies, author of Bending the Curve