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Sustainable news - Newspaper vs Electronic News
Sustainable news – Newspaper vs Electronic News

There is a guy I meet up with almost every morning on my way to work.  We chat about the weather and sometimes the news headlines.

My day is somehow lacking if he’s not at our regular meeting place.

He is the guy that sells me my newspaper.

I take my newspaper to the office with me and leave it in the Common room.  I see people paging through it, discussing it, having lunch around it.

Newspapers not only connect us with the outside world, it also, somehow, has the ability to connect us to those around us.

Yes, I have a tablet and a phone and a computer where I can get my daily news fix in a more sustainable way, but it’s just not the same as paging through a newspaper.

Researching how ‘green’ my newspaper buying habit is, brought some surprising facts to light.  Facts like ‘It takes 24 trees to make one ton of newspaper’ almost makes me feel like an offender for buying a newspaper, yet it seems that the jury is still out on which of electronic- or paper news has the biggest carbon footprint.  This is, of course, given that you recycle both the newspaper and the electronic vice you choose.

Paper recycling makes a strong argument.  It costs 50-80% less to build a paper mill that uses wastepaper than to build one that uses new pulp.  Producing recycled paper also releases 73% less air pollution than using new pulp.  Recycling firms are plenty and drop-off is easy.

Re-cycling your used electronic equipment, however, is more tricky. Not only are there fewer re-cycling drop-off options available, there are also more risks involved with data stored on your devices as well as SIM- and data cards.

So this is over to you now.  How do you get your daily news fix?  How often do you buy a newspaper? Do you think that newspapers will be around much longer?

 

 

Second Time Around

recycled_items

Recycling can only be effective if there is a viable and growing market for recycled- over virgin produced products.  The international recycling symbol shows a loop of three arrows following each other and symbolising the dependant nature of the process.  Once your waste is recycled, these materials need to be re-used to produce recycled products in order to close the loop.

Due to current technologies and scales of production, recycled counterparts are often more costly than their virgin produced cousins.  However, a bigger demand for recycled will probably speak louder than the cry for sustainable production.  Investment, financial and other, will result in more effective and efficient production, driving prices down.

We are the generation who have to turn the tide.  Choose wisely by choosing recycled whenever you can.

Shopping

Green your shopping
Green shopping

With world population numbers soaring and these multitudes of people wanting to own, use and consume more products than ever before in the history of the world, earth’s resources are being put under more strain than ever before.

Add to this the fact that everything we buy will eventually end up in the form of waste and decisions taken during shopping trips become central Continue reading “Shopping”

Local Markets : The Green Market

The Green Market at The Botanical Gardens in Pretoria

I visited a charming little market in the Pretoria Botanical Gardens last Saturday called The Green Market.  Not only are local markets a great way to reduce your food- and other product miles, they also stimulate creativity and entrepreneurship in your local community.  Given, of course, that it is a local market and not a giant imported goods flea market. 

The aim of The Green Market is also to help raise awareness and educate their visitors on the benefits and importance of living more eco conscious.

  • Where : Pretoria Botanical Gardens, 2 Cussonia Ave, Brummeria
  • When  :  First Saturday of the month, 9:00 – 14:00
  • Entrance fee (to the Gardens)  :  R5 per child, R10 per adult

What I found when I went:

  • Coffee and baked goods from local traders;
  • Eco products like the Bokhasi that turns kitchen waste into a soil conditioner;
  • Second hand clothes traders;
  • Providers of smart energy alternatives;
  • Organic and natural body care products;
  • Second hand books;
  • Collectors of second hand porcelain and other collectables;
  • Everyday people who wish to trade their trash for your cash;
  • Live entertainment by a local artist.  

If you would like to find out more, just click here.