Category Archives: Eco Lifestyle


Real Stories | Plastic Free Challenge | Lisl Barry 1

Lisl Barry, Stories from a Rural Home, Gamkaberg Reserve, Klein Karoo A Fine Artist and author of “52 Ways To Grow Creative Children” Lisl lives on the CapeNature reserve which her husband manages with their two daughters aged 12 and 14. Their closest town is Oudtshoorn.   My quest to reduce my landfill waste came […]

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Real Stories | Plastic Free July Challenge | Intro

Going Plastic Free in July has been an interesting and eye opening experience for many of us, so I thought it would be really valuable to have all our stories in one place so we can recognise the similarities in the difficulties we face when attempting a plastic free lifestyle and share solutions and ideas […]


Raise Your Consumer Voice – It Works 1

I have had so many queries as to whether I am in any way involved with the new Pick n Pay marketing campaign called Super Animals because of the open letter I wrote to them last year asking them to withdraw their plastic Stikeez. I’m not connected to their new campaign, but it appears they […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


A Song Made on Solar | and other eco experiences at Terra-Khaya 3

My time at Terra-Khaya was a little like stepping out of the box where things you thought were just imaginings become reality and the possibilities for living lightly on the earth are endless. It’s amazing how simple everyday elements like a beer bottle top, a horse’s halter and a solar panel can be seen in […]

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How to Make Your Own Toothpaste 7

Toothpaste! It’s something our family uses everyday and it got me questioning whether there was a more healthy option that wasn’t from a company that tested on animals and also, importantly, didn’t come packaged in yet more plastic. I put the question out there on the Eco Atlas forum and there was much interest and […]