Our Lost Purpose

Our Lost Purpose

Many of us have forgotten our destined role in the world, our final and most important contribution to the earth: ourselves. But despite our self-declared superiority, we humans are an integral part of the ecosystem and provide the earth and other living beings nutrients as we pass and eventually disintegrate into the ground, completing a necessary cycle that is imposed on every living species. At least, that is how it is supposed to happen. Our culture has turned death into a business and what seems an attempt at preservation or the encasing of the body in dignity has lead to… read more

Goji Berries – The Facts

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Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, grow in China and Tibet and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine. These orangey-red berries have a flavor somewhere between raisins and cherries, though slightly bitter. They can be eaten cooked, raw, dried, juiced, or in teas and wines. Goji berries have been marketed as a cure-all for everything, but despite the hype, there hasn’t been sufficient research undertaken to draw any definitive conclusions about these health claims. Goji berries are rich in antioxidants, so they may help protect against cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and many other illnesses, but most studies of… read more

Corruption Leads To Landfill

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It is trite to say that corruption is one of the most prevalent social ills that plague numerous governments internationally. This is especially true within African states where blatant corruption goes unpunished, thereby fostering a culture of impunity. Corruption by government officials has many dire consequences, and we will focus on the effect of such corruption on environmental obligations which a country must discharge or at least be seen to be discharging. All countries in the global community are encouraged to take part in saving the natural environment from avoidable harm, laws are passed and policies formulated to realise that end. However,… read more

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Things that are beneficial for the skin and hair don’t always have to come in a package. Coconut and grapefruit are seemingly simple ingredients, but they are both packed with nutrient rich properties that offer an all-natural boost. Coconut is moisture-rich and grapefruit is loaded with antioxidants that can remove dead skin cells, brighten and tone. For exfoliation, this homemade scrub uses coconut oil and palm sugar, ground coffee and cinnamon. These ingredients work together to exfoliate, reduce inflammation, moisturize and effectively cleanse the skin. This recipe for grapefruit sugar scrub comes with free printables including labels and a grapefruit… read more

DIY Patio Umbrella Ideas And Repairs

DIY Patio Umbrella And Repairs From Salvaged Parts

Adding shade to a patio makes it an instant outdoor gathering spot on sunny days. However, patio umbrellas can be pricey. Also, some are not made for durability and can’t make it through a windstorm, leaving a lopsided umbrella with ripped fabric and a less than perfect appearance. Making your own patio umbrella can be done by using salvaged pieces from a regular umbrella, or by reusing supplies and constructing your own. If you have an old umbrella that has seen better days but the frame is still together, it may be able to be repurposed into a bigger patio sized umbrella… read more

Financing Change

Financing Change

Financial markets have a reputation for being the playground of the greedy and self-serving. However, this attitude towards financial markets is slowly changing as this sector seeks to become a stakeholder in the fight against global warming. In what may be said to be the development of conscious capitalism. International instruments such as the Kyoto protocol have developed a framework for financial services providers to assume a role in the fight against climate change by facilitating carbon trading, and financing climate adaptation. Furthermore, the financial sector seems to be enthusiastically involved in the fight against global warming. The involvement of… read more

Giving It The Green Light

Greener lighting at home

These days when we go shopping for a new laptop or television we are looking for the thinnest and lightest product available. Researchers have come up with graphene based electrode technology which make affordable and energy efficient display technology that could be a good alternative to light bulbs. Interestingly it is so sleek that it could even be used as wallpaper or applied to ceilings. Almost all modern devices use organic light emitting diodes (OLED) for display which are energy efficient but also have some drawbacks. The slimness comes with a cost making it very expensive compared to CRT or LCD type displays. OLED… read more

Quick and Easy Composting

Bokashi composting

Bokashi, which means “fermented organic matter” in Japanese, is an intensive composting method that uses microbes such as yeast, bacteria, and lactic acid to break organic matter down quickly, creating compost in as little as two weeks. The active Bokashi agent is a pleasant-smelling bran-based material fermented with an effective micro-organism (EM) liquid concentrate and subsequently dried. Bokashi composting requires only a bucket and the Bokashi material.   The method enables composting not only materials that can go into regular compost systems such as  fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg, shells, and plant clippings, but also breads and other… read more

Keeping Up Standards

Keeping Up Standards

Standards are an important quality protection and monitoring tool for consumer goods, amongst other things. They are there to help government ensure that consumers are assured that products sold have been tested and approved for safe and durable usage, and the products in question will bear a seal of approval if they meet set standards. Standards can be quite useful in the fight against pollution and general environmental damage, in particular standards relating to electronic goods. Many of the electronic products imported by African countries are manufactured overseas, more often than not, the importing states are not privy to durability… read more

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

Patio furniture and landscaping can tend to get a lot of attention in outdoor decorating, especially when the weather turns nice. However, outdoor storage, though necessary, is often an overlooked area in outside design projects. The following systems are ideas that work functionality and organization into efficient, space-saving presentations. The Watercabinet designed by Francien Hazen is a sustainable home water collection kit and supply closet in one. The combination unit is meant to contain everything needed for home gardening and outdoor plants, all in one organized space. The cabinet has water collection and disbursement capabilities, and even has a side greenhouse. Used outdoors to… read more