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Plastics: Categories for Plastic Recycling

Researched & Written by: Warren Schmidt There are many kinds of plastic types used in the making of packaging, household items and for industrial applications. Plastic remains one of our greatest pollutants in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Despite awareness campaigns and regulations, the dumping of plastic waste seems to be increasing exponentially. Many buy-back centres […]

WORKING TOGETHER! Permaculture Training for Food Security & Community Upliftment

CONTRIUTIONS: WAYNE ADAMS | INTERVIEWED & WRITTEN BY : Warren Schmidt & Nicolette Da Costa On the outskirts of Krugersdorp there is a 12-hectare smallholding growing minds, soil… and organic produce. It is almost reminiscent of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book, The Secret Garden. Tucked away unobtrusively against the backdrop of surrounding large-scale agriculture, a productive […]

Slow Food: 13 health benefits of fermented foods

Written by: Nicolette da Costa Fermentation enhances certain foods both in terms of taste, preservation, and nutrient density. Fermented foods offer a plethora of distinct textures, flavours, and aromas, and have been part of everyday life since the early ancestors of various traditional cultures. This age-old process is achieved through controlled microbial and enzymatic activity. […]


Often one of the most sought-after animals alongside rhino, leopard and elephants in national parks and game reserves, the lion has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Unfortunately, they have also been persecuted and exploited for equally as long. Tragically, without radical conservation actions, they may become nothing more than archived photographs and dusty museum […]

Magical transformation – beetles and lizards

Mimicry – the ability of one organism to imitate another, usually poisonous or venomous species, for their own protection is widespread across nature. Some harmless snakes resemble highly venomous ones, certain inoffensive insects resemble wasps and hornets which sting and many moths have large eyelets on their wings to look like an owl or cat. […]

Food of the gods, work of human hands…

The story of chocolate is often shrouded by romantism, yet it unfolds through somewhat controversial twists and turns. As we peer into the biodiversity of fermenting microbes that almost magically come to create its unique array of regional flavour, our eyes come to widen further. Within this dynamic milieu emerges a darker reality. One centres […]