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Modular housing –the “affordable home revolution”

GreenEnvy - Sustainability By March 24, 2016 No Comments
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By Dr. Zoe Lees

I have been researching prefabricated modular housing as a personal interest for possibly ten years now. As an “eco-design” junkie, I’m always looking for smarter design solutions that not only look beautiful but also make saving energy and other resources (like money!) both simple and convenient. I am also interested in compact living, and while we are undeniably spoilt in Africa to be blessed with lots of space, I have never understood the Americanized “bigger is better” mentality when it comes to homes.

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Things are not always as they seem

GreenEnvy - Sustainability By March 11, 2016 No Comments
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By Dr. Zoe Lees

In “Fashion Conscious”, I spoke about some local designers that illustrate the concept of ‘designers with an eco-conscience’. But eco-credentials are not necessarily all that’s important. I also emphasized the idea of “local is lekker” which supports home-grown manufacture, and the importance of sustaining a local fashion industry, partly because we need to create jobs and partly because we are overflowing with creative brilliance that needs nurturing.

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Fashion Conscious

GreenEnvy - Sustainability By February 26, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments
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By Dr. Zoe Lees

When it comes to fashion, I like to put my money where my mouth is and buy clothing that is sustainably and fairly produced, out of eco-friendly fabrics. Not that I always do that. I have to admit, I don’t. I’ve found that it can be tough to find clothes, particularly in South Africa, that fit those social and environmental requirements, plus be something that you really love and can afford. Sure, there are designer brands that do it – but at prices that are out of reach for most of us. And I’m not a fan of fast fashion either, even if it’s organic.

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What Do We Mean When We Talk About “sustainability”?

GreenEnvy - Sustainability By February 12, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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By Dr Zoe Lees

Margaret Mead once said, ‘The only person who likes change is a wet baby’. Change is never easy, especially on the big issues of sustainability.

We hear the words ‘sustainable’ and ‘sustainability’ very often these days. But what does it mean exactly? Is it about people and culture, our environment, or jobs and money? Is it about cities or national parks? Is it about me or is it something for other people to worry about?

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A Cooler Shade Of Green

GreenEnvy - Sustainability By February 5, 2016 Tags: , , , , , No Comments
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By Dr. Zoe Lees

I am a self-confessed green junkie. I love anything to do with eco-design, innovation, and clever new materials for anything – from clothing to cars, looking at things from a different perspective and ways of doing things that have a lower impact. This could mean anything from water wise planting, to green architecture, repurposed, reused and recycled goods, solar and wind energy, body products, holidays, conservation, health, and furniture…. I love to be able to experiment with all these things in my own home or profession.

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