CapeTownMagazine.com

Best Ways to go Green

Unwrapping Cape Town with you.
Also engage with our other channels
to find something you don't want to miss.
 
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

Best Ways to go Green

Tips by Michelle Garforth Venter and Riaan Venter on how to reduce your carbon footprint

Last Update 27 February 2017

Taken from the South African-published book Greenline, comes some incredible tips on how to walk the green line. Following some tips from the award-winning conservation journalist Michelle Garforth-Venter and ‘eco-warrior’ husband Riaan Venter, will enable you to do your bit for the environment which we are all trying to protect.

Greenline was published in 2011 and has a special emphasis on looking after the world we live in for ourselves and future generations. It provides practical tips on sustainable living and it simplified how to implement green initiatives in South African homes and the workplace; we have given you a few examples below…

Clean green: There are many natural plant-based, biodegradable soaps and detergents which are not only safe for the environment, but for your home too. Read the labels and try and buy ammonia- and chlorine-free cleaning products.

Be laundry wise: Always run your washing machine with a full load to get the most out of your water and energy use. Try and wash all your clothes in cold water – 90% of the energy used to wash clothing is in actual fact to heat the water.

Choose natural and organic cosmetics and personal care products: Read the labels and choose products that are paraben and sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate free – your body will thank you for choosing to do away with these harmful chemicals.

Install a water filter: Water filters are great to get clean and safe water without all the waste – fewer plastic bottles end up in our landfills and you will be reducing the amount of fuel consumed which is used to ship the water bottles.

Turn your toilet into a low flow toilet: Submerge a brick or a full plastic bottle into your toilet tank to reduce your water consumption and save the planet’s water one flush at a time.

Fix leaky taps and toilets: This is unnecessary wastage and you will be saving an enormous amount of water annually just by checking your taps and toilets are not leaking.

Invest in some houseplants: Houseplants produce fresh clean air, and absorb carbon dioxide and chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene.

Plant a tree: Remember that trees are the ‘lungs’ of our planet – this is a great way to offset your carbon usage as well as make a long-term investment in the world’s tree population.

Eat a vegetarian meal two or three times a week: A plant-based diet requires a lot less energy and water to produce than a meat-based diet.

Change all your light bulbs to CFL and LED: Every time one of your old tungsten light bulbs dies, replace it with a CFL or LED energy efficient bulb. These bulbs produce as much light as an incandescent bulb but use a fraction of the energy and are now available in all shapes and sizes.

Turn down your geyser thermostat and insulate your geyser: Insulating your water heater will reduce the heat loss by 25-45 percent.

Check the temperature and seals on your fridge and freezer: A fridge or freezer that is not sealed is reducing its efficiency.

Unplug your appliances: Even when most appliances are off they are still consuming large amounts of energy (your cell phone charger being one of the biggest culprits).

Invest in solar: Solar is no longer unaffordable – solar water systems (thermal) and energy systems (photovoltaic) are now available with a huge rebate from Eskom and come with handy payment plans.

Buy local: This reduces the carbon footprint of your product.

Stop buying plastic bags: This reduces the carbon footprint of your product. Plastic is the serial killer of the oceans – they don’t always end up in the landfill but often end up in our oceans where they start a deadly cycle of killing the marine life.

Check the pressure on your car tyres: This simple act will reduce the amount of fuel your car uses and in turn reduce your carbon emissions.

---

Do your part for the environment. Here are 5 specials ways to celebrate Earth Hour 2018.

Check out the Cape Town's water restrictions for 2017.

---

Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City

Cape Town Events Calendar
May 2019
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

Big Boys Don't DanceBig Boys Don’t Dance … Or Do They?

A decade since the creation of The Big Boys saga, the humourous dancers are back with a ...

onomo_2019_4There’s a New Dinner Special Every ...

From butter chicken curry to beef bobotie: Something fresh, Monday to Sunday

playful_veganSave Your Bacon With A Creative ...

Bring your own wine and let the conversation and laughter flow as your learn the art of ...

wine_of_exileNapoleon Loved Cape Town Wine. Find Out ...

Plus see Bonaparte’s cut-glass crystal goblets and taste the modern version of his ...

sea kayaking participantsPost-Work Monday Kayak to Revitalise ...

The chance to see marine wildlife and spectacular ocean and mountain views as the sun ...

sgtpepper6Host Your Party (Plus Live Music) On A ...

Bring up to 150 people: Just pay for your food and drinks – the venue (and everything ...

Moyo_Eden2Monday Special: Double Your Burgers ...

Half-price burger special at Moyo Eden on The Bay – psst … it comes with this awesome ...

2 4 1 hqHQ: Not Such a Blue Monday After All

HQ’s #2FOR1Monday: Live acoustic music and two Salad, Steak and Chips set menus for the ...

whale wine and wors wine flies logoWhale, Wine and Wors Tours with Wine ...

Hop aboard a fun-filled minibus and explore the hidden gems of the Western Cape

OX boat rides 110% Off: See The Marine Big 5 on an ...

Whales, dolphins, penguins, cape fur seals and mola mola (sunfish), an awesome boat trip ...

Roast and Co Daily: Two Hours of 2-For-1 Specials at ...

Plus: Half-price on all “To Share” plates – see what’s on the menu here

danielasSample Daniela's Exotic Macarons For ...

Salted caramel, purple surprise, ginger sesame, cinnamon milk tart and 20 more Parisian ...

zingara_manhattanBonding Experiences to Share with Dad ...

Use this day to reconnect with your old man

Andre the Hilarious HypnotistThink You’re Immune To Hypnotism? ...

Find out why this veteran comedian can still makes people laugh with the same 25-year-old ...

Vergenoegd_duckrun1Cheer On The Ducks At Vergenoegd Löw

Bring the kids along to experience the Duck Parade

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.