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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Farm 215 – where you, and nature, can rest easy 1

  You know you have come to a good place to rest, unwind and let your gaze softly adjust to the horizon when the lizards sunning themselves on the deck are so at ease with your presence they almost shuffle up to make space for you, even though you have your very own and inviting […]


Change Makers | Apish Thsethsa from Waves for Change | on Eco Atlas

  Waves For Change, founded by Ashoka Fellow Tim Conibear in Masiphumelelo in 2011, is a project that provides surf therapy to young South Africans from violent communities. These are youths who are exposed to a myriad of problems, and who suffer from acute emotional/physical stress, which in turn fosters learning disabilities, behavioral problems and […]

Apish Thsethsa in Muizenberg, Cape Town ©David Peter Harris

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Green in Black and White – A Luxury Stay at Davinci

Being green or having any kind of sustainable practices has often been washed with the same paintbrush and seen as fringe, small-scale and, often, rural. But the times they are a changing, and incorporating any kind of eco or empowerment practices is gaining a cutting edge, urban and sophisticated feel to it. There are exciting […]


Change Makers on Eco Atlas | Rethink the Bag 8

“It all started 9 years ago. I began agonising over why I had so many plastic shopping bags in my house, so I decided there and then to quit using them!” explodes Hayley McLellan with enthusiasm as we ordered our coffees.   I had arranged to meet her at the Two Oceans Aquarium at the […]

Hayley McLellan started Rethink the Bag in 2011, as an initiative of the Two Ocean Aquarium ©David Peter Harris

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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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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 […]