Author Archives: Rhian


About Rhian

Rhian Berning just loves being mom to her two young ones and is passionate about making sure they will inherit a thriving planet. So she's on a journey is to find and document ways of living that are gentle on the planet and beneficial to all people. She loves telling the stories of the incredible people and places that are actively building a future beautiful and created the online Eco Atlas platform to bridge the gap between conscious consumers and sustainable businesses so we can all be everyday changemakers and vote with our wallets.


Changemakers in the making – Imagine Scholar

“Imagine Scholar is a place where I become who I want to be, where I don’t have to pretend to fit in. Spending a day at Imagine Scholar means I get to explore my deep interests, which grow and enrich my life with authentic happiness.” Given Sandamela, Grade 10 Founded in 2009 and set in the rural Nkomazi region […]

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How I reduced my use of nappies radically 4

When I fell pregnant the second time the only thing that dampened the flurry of excited butterflies in my belly was the thought of having to deal with the daily onslaught of pooey nappies again. Little did I know then that I wouldn’t have to! My second born was successfully having his number two on […]


How to take action – Plett Knysna Fires 2

The smoke may have cleared, but now the rebuilding of lives begins…. We may have seemed a bit quiet here on the Eco Atlas front lately, but there has been the matter of some firestorms on the Garden Route. It was even on CNN. I think what so many found hard to assimilate is the […]

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7 Real Life Water Saving Ways | on Eco Atlas

Dear people of Cape Town, the deep seated ache you feel for rain right now is a constant longing and ever present ache for those of us who live off rainwater. We’ve been living solely on rainwater for the last 10 years, so being keenly aware of water usage has become second nature for my […]


Of meerkats and mountains | Roadtripping with kids in the Klein Karoo 1

Maybe it’s because of fairy tales, but children gain a keen sense of adventure when you head over any kind of mountain, perhaps they have this vision of another land opening up before their eyes when they crest the last rise. And it’s true, when you wind your way up the Outeniqua Pass, leaving the […]

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Can we DO anything about Stikeez 2?

Here are some ideas of how you can take action, but you may have even better creative ideas that will put a stop to campaigns like this even being considered again. Let’s make our voice heard! Please share your ideas in the comments. There has already been a great outcry about the return of Stikeez […]


10 Tips for Running an Eco Efficient Home 10

So many of us want to do good, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start… Or we feel the state of the world is so overwhelming that it seems like what we do in our homes can’t possibly make a difference. But it does. Everything is interconnected and all the small choices and […]

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WIN TICKETS | Hogsback Festival of Trees and Eco Week

WIN 2 tickets to the Hogsback Festival of Trees and Eco Week with all meals and camping included 23 Sept – 2 Oct.   September is all about growing so let’s grow the communal information base of places that are good for people and planet – this info becomes powerful in the hands of people […]


Real Stories | Plastic Free Challenge | Nicole Daniels

EPISODE 6 | Plastic Free Challenge Nicole Daniels, Stories from the City Edge, Fishhoek, Cape Town Lives with her husband and two children aged 11 and 6 on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town and tutors and researches in the Gender and Development Dept of UCT.   I am a researcher, I am writing my […]

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Real Stories | Plastic Free Challenge | Hayley McLellan 1

EPISODE 5 | Plastic Free Challenge Hayley McLellan, Stories from the City Centre, Cape Town An environmental campaigner who runs Rethink the Bag South Africa and shops for herself from her home base in Seapoint, she took the Plastic Free July challenge to the extreme as she has already cut out most single-use plastics from […]