sustainability

Green Renaissance

Green Renaissance is a film production company based in Cape Town that specialises in green content creation – helping environmentally conscious organisations to develop creative content that promotes green and conservation initiatives. they have released some really sweet little films that encourage people to be green at home.

i especially loved the story about Gary ‘The Mushroom Guy‘ who started picking & eating wild mushrooms on his walks in the forest after suffering a heart attack. eventually he started growing his own shiitake mushrooms at home – and he shows you how you can also do it using a log and some mushroom spores. they also collaborated with Marisa from Opus, who all Capetonians will know for her gorgeous plant creations – she shows you how you can make your own hanging plant at home.

also check out how to make your own home made cleaner using lemons, using recycled tyres to grow artichokes, making real vitamin water, and picking & roasting wild chestnuts. explore all their clips on vimeo.

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The IOU Project

i received a mail quite some time ago from The IOU Project with a link to their video:

i found the concept really intriguing & exciting because nurturing artisans and promoting sustainability is totally my cup of tea, but at the time their site had yet to be launched – so i decided to wait before sharing it with you. well, i am really impressed by the items now available for purchase in their shop (especially since i recently expressed my love for checks) and even more impressed to see the stories that each piece took from weaver to designer to artisan…

founder & creative director Kavita Parmar says about getting started,

The idea was to rethink the clothing manufacturing and distribution chain to really serve the artisan, the designer, the final client and be sustainable for everyone instead of just enriching a few at the top end. IOU is an experiment in creating a prosperity chain, that allows goods to be produced and sold in a way that benefits everyone involved.

i really think this is such an incredibly worthwhile project… so the next time you’re on the hunt for quality denim or beautiful dresses and shirts made from quality fabric – pay The IOU Project a visit.

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nothing amsterdam‘s cardboard office. i would probably spill coffee all over that place.

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