Tag Archives: consumerism


Ho Ho Ho – Merry Thriftmas

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International Buy Nothing Day is this coming Saturday 26 November. And this will be great practice for this year’s Buy Nothing Christmas! We’ve found some great ideas for alternative gifts which will save you money and reduce your Christmas carbon footrpint. Continue reading


Clothing Exchanges: The Way Forward

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Tamsyn Hiscock spent a day work shadowing at Project 90. We asked her to write a blog post about what it means to be green, and she explains how to become an eco conscious shopper. Well done Tamsyn, great post! Continue reading


From rubbish tip to something hip

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I came across a small furniture shop called Recreate in Woodstock the other day, created and owned by Katie Thompson. She started her business just over 2 years ago and it has grown from strength to strength. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of shops in Cape Town all selling furniture, but what makes Katie’s business stand out is that all the items in her shop were previously something different, something completely different!

Taking reusing and recycling to a new level, Katie takes dicarded items from the rubbish dump, tip or dustbins and transforms them into something wonderfully original and useful. Continue reading


Project 90’s No Junk Mail campaign

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Here is your chance to ensure that you never receive another piece of junk mail in your letter box again! The Consumer Protection Act is proposing a new law to allow consumers to say no to junk mail. All you need to do is send an email today stating that you support the law. Read on to see how. Continue reading

Where do we go from here?

“Coalition of the Willing is an animated film about an online war against global warming in a post-Copenhagen world”.  

 This forward-thinking film takes a look at what the citizens of planet earth can do after last year’s failed Copenhagen’s climate change conference, using the power of the collective and Internet technology.

Coalition of the Willing describe the film on their website:

“‘Coalition of The Willing’ is a film that discusses how we can use new internet technologies to leverage the powers of activists, experts, and ordinary citizens in collaborative ventures to combat climate change. Through analyses of swarm activity and social revolution, ‘Coalition of the Willing’ makes a compelling case for the new online activism and explains how to bring the fight against global warming to the people. As the film tackles the subject of online activism, we decided that the logical home for ‘Coalition of The Willing’ is here online. Between the start of February and the beginning of June 2010, Coalition of the willing was released in sections onto this website. Groups of sections were released roughly every 2-3 weeks, with the final completed film going online at the start of June. This un-conventional release strategy allowed us to build and engage with an audience whilst the film itself was being made. “coalitionfilm” has now become an online environmental brand in itself, with contributors Tweeting and Facebooking every day about issues discussed in the film; environmentalism, open source culture and swarm politics.”

Watch the film.

Online activism: sign our petition calling for 4 million Solar Water Heaters.

Paraphernalia takes the National Arts Festival by storm

Cosmos Productions in partnership with the Cape Town Edge, a collective of 11 Cape Town based companies, took their show Paraphernalia to Grahamstown to perform at the National Arts Festival. 

After a long and grueling rehearsal process, Paraphernalia was a resounding success selling over twice the amount of tickets than the previous year. The theme of the show was inspired by the Story of Stuff, an online video by Annie Leonard about where our stuff comes from and where it goes. 

The story follows Stanley, a timid and self concious character who seeks more from life than just a stamping job and a friendship with a desk light. After an appointment with his therapist, and a blossoming relationship with his work colleague Felicity, he goes shopping and gets hooked by the world of consumerism and begins to loose connection to the important things in life. 

The Official National Arts Festival newspaper The Cue wrote:

 An insightful and emotive look at the world of consumerism in the modern world told through the story of Stanley and his lamp. Half absurdist, half commedia del’arte this multimedia piece is endearing and innovative. It uses daily objects as moving, living characters along with gorgeously choreographed stage movement is captivating and thus this show becomes a shining example of true fringe theatre. 

As well as a fantastic review, the team were interviewed by Cue Online to create a podcast about the show and it’s characters. On Friday’s 2nd July we even had a feature story written about the show. Check out the link below.

http://cue.ru.ac.za/print/2010 – go to 02 / 07 / 2010

The Paraphernalia team will be performing the show again in Cape Town. Visit their website for more details or follow them on their Blog.

Going to see a game…? Here are some green tips to remember.

FIFA has a green goal campaign as part of their initiatives relating to the 2010 world cup. This includes a comprehensive waste management element – so if you are going to a game, please remember to sort your waste – all plastics are being recycled in the specially marked recycle bins and wet waste is being separated from other waste to ensure efficient and effective waste management.

Of course how you get to the game can dramatically affect the carbon emissions of your trip – and public transport really is an effective solution (and this is not just clever marketing, we took the public transport options and they worked brilliantly!). Metro rail is a great option for city stadia (and means you miss the traffic) with Rea Vaya being an effective solution too (with dedicated bus lanes in most cases, you also miss the traffic this way!). Of course park and ride facilities are convenient and effective, and if you are going to drive directly to a stadium for one of the park and walk options, take some friends with you. This will all cut down on your carbon emissions, and is a whole lot more fun!

In Cape Town drinking water fountains have been placed along the fan mile so you won’t need to buy bottled water, with its very high carbon footprint.

 Enjoy the game!

 (Viva Bafana Bafana!)