Yearly Archives: 2015


12 Green Gift Ideas 2

Here is some inspiration to think out of the box this year when it comes to gift giving….give something that is locally made with love, light on the planet, will keep giving back to you or will invest in the ongoing work of those making a difference on the ground. Here is the Eco Atlas […]

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12 Make Your Own Gift Ideas 1

  For mindful gifting this year why not make your own gifts with love and lessen the load on the planet…. This is such an exceptional time of year, whether you celebrate Christmas, the solstice or  just the pure joy of having the time to share food and fun times with your family and loved […]


Change Makers | Andy Horn | Eco Design Architect

      An architect with a profound appreciation for nature, Andy Horn established his practice in 1998, Eco Design – Architects and Consultants. Sustainable design is key to his work and the studio has led the way for the Green Building Movement in the South Africa and it has received a number of international sustainable building awards. We were lucky […]

Andy Horn at his office in Cape Town ©David Peter Harris

Four ingredients for a home-made moisturizing body lotion©David Peter Harris

Make Your Own Whipped Body Lotion | Eco Lifestyle 1

This body lotion was the first body product that I ever tried out at home. I had been researching for quite some time on how to be more resourceful and limit the waste I produced; at the same time, I was secretly sabotaging my good intention, by  not buying all the ingredients, procrastinating, or telling myself it would never be […]


Change Makers |Paul Talliard & Hands of Honour 4

    “I was one of the first black firemen in South Africa; I had a great wage, a stunning life. Then, I got introduced to crack cocaine; within a year, I lost everything”. This is how Paul Talliard, founder of Hands of Honour, commenced his story. We were sitting in his temporary office in Ottery, a […]

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New Moonbloom Planting Guide | WIN A 2016 CALENDAR 2

I’m so excited to introduce you all to the brand new Moonbloom gardening guide and calendar, it’s an absolute must-have for anyone who loves to grow their own food or feels inspired to do so in the new year. It’s practical, easy to use and is based on the ancient method of planting by the […]


Everyday Change Makers 2

Spoiler alert, this copy contains quite a few hyperlinks, for ease of reference   Over the weekend, Eco Atlas shared the beautiful space facilitated by Greenpop in collaboration with Rocking the Daisies – we activated in the Green Village, alongside some vibrant organizations, businesses and individuals that are committed to steering consumer choices towards a sustainable […]

Everyday Change Makers/Rocking the Daisies 2015  ©David Peter Harris

Dumi's contagious smile breaks through her shyness ©David Peter Harris

Change Makers | Dumisile Mqadi @ Happy Hippo 2

Dumisile Mqadi and I sat on the rooftop terrace of Happy Hippo, the funky eco-friendly backpackers in downtown Durban.   Dumi has been working for Happy Hippo and its sister lodge, Hippo Hide, for more than 6 years. She started off as a cleaning lady, but that was only the beginning.   “One day, I […]


Make your own – guava preserve | Eco Lifestyle 1

Jam and preserve have the power to trigger involuntary memory to recall childhood moments. The great combination of fruit, sugar and pectin will always be summer mornings, waking up to the smell of  fresh bread baked by my mom, mixed to fresh coffee for a glorious breakfast before hitting the beach for the day. I associate […]

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Abonga Tom and Sizwe Nyuka Mlenzana, at Ekasi Garden Headquarters, Vusamanzi Primary School, Khayelitsha. ©David Peter Harris

Change Makers | Ekasi Project Green 4

    The creative heart of Site C in Khayelitsha  is a vibrant group of young peeps. They all share a common passion,  positive leadership and commitment to bring about innovation, hope and positive change, starting from their community. One of the Change Makers episodes featured Xolisa Bangani and Ikhaya Garden, the vegetable garden at […]