#zerowastetoursa – Tiny House South Africa

I just LOVE this video that Tiny House South Africa made of the Zero Waste Home Plett talk!  Feeling the vibes!  Well done Eco Atlas on putting on such an amazing event.


Green Route Durban – Ballito feature

Green Route Durban approached me recently for the top 5 things on my ‘green route’ where I love. Here is what I had to share …

Colleen lives in Ballito, north of Durban, where she writes about ‘vegetable gardening, brewing and making various concoctions for the cleaning cupboard and to eat, plotting holidays, and trying to keep our life organised, balanced, happy and as close to zero waste as I can manage! Living a simple life helps me to focus on what matters to me.

Colleen - Chakas Rock Beach - Samoosas‘One of my favourite things to do is to pop in at either Cindy’s in Umhlali or the Salt Rock Sasol Garage (trust me on the latter)with my own containers, and get some samoosas or the ultimate zero-waste meal; a bunny chow, then drive down to one of our many beaches, and scoff it whilst dolphin spotting. A cheap and delicious meal, supporting a local business whilst breathing the fresh sea air, you can’t beat that!

Next up on my green route would have to be harvesting a free and zerowaste meal from the rocks at SaltRock: mussels. I think what I love the most about mussels is the whole process takes quite a while, so you really savour it and enjoy the time together. Being outdoors and chatting whilst picking and preparing before gathering around the table together. Quality time is my first love language, and I think if food was a love language it would have to be my second!

Thompsons Bay Tidal Pool, built in the 1960s, is another stop on my green route. An Olympic sized tidal pool where you can take a dip and a float without fear of being pummelled into the sand by the waves! Look out for early morning yoga classes and if you get lucky you might be there when a local musician is playing his saxophone. A few weeks ago I was treated to Hey Jude whilst I floated and sky gazed.

Chakas Rock has a lovely secluded little beach with a beautiful tidal pool set below a steep cliff. Go for a snorkel and admire the corals, urchins (watch where you put your feet!), and plenty of fish. This beach generally doesn’t get packed, so take a book to read or just day dream whilst you dry off.

Saving the best till last, my favourite thing to do is make a pot of tea and a batch of scones, and sit round the table on my veranda with my husband Erik, and our two good friends Robyn and Brendan from down the road, playing Bananagrams. The simple things are often the best things!


#ZeroWasteTourSA feature – Sunday Times

Thank you to Shelley Seid for the feature on Zero Waste Home in The Sunday Times. So great to get all this coverage for the Zero Waste Tour taking place between 5-9th May.

Also mentioning Eco Atlas in Plett, Low Impact Living in Cape Town and myself, Life Lived Simply in Ballito … as eco-warriors!! 🙂

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Ecoffee Cup now available

The amazingly gorgeous Ecoffee cup is now available from Life Lived Simply.  For just R189, you will be prepared to always proudly refuse single use takeaway cups.

There are 6 different designs and the cup is 340ml.  So next time you want to grab a takeaway coffee, just hand over your cup and the barista can place it in directly.  Some stores even offer small discounts for using your own cup.

Best of all, you can sip with the confidence of knowing you are not contributing to the 100 billion single use cups that end up in landfill.

What I love about this cup is that it is light, and whilst the manufacturers do admit to it not yet being perfect, they are working on it.  The bamboo cup is made from naturally organic, naturally sterile bamboo fibre sourced from managed plantations in Anji province in central China; combined with non-GMO corn starch and a resin binder. The sleeve and lid are made from high quality food grade silicone – which is made from silicon (silica) and oxygen. Both elements are recyclable. It is free of BPA and phthalates, and if you look after it it should last a lifetime. The cup is biodegradable, you just need to crush it, soak it in boiling water and then bury it in organic compost, and it will take 24 – 36 months to fully biodegrade.

I particularly love that it is standard coffee cup size, as this avoids confusion at the counters.  I have already chosen my cup! Fits perfectly in my handbag along with my folded up cotton shopping bag, Freshbag, stainless steel straw and reusable napkin – so I am always prepared and able to politely refuse the single use.


As I mentioned in a previous post, I am working on the shop aspect of my site.  If you would like to order and Ecoffee cup, then drop me a line at mrscolleenblack@gmail.com. Check out the other waste producing products I have available too.

Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle & rot – always in that order.