Category Archives: green

South African wines win Green awards in London

South Africa made a good show at the inaugural Drinks Business Green Awards 2010 in London this week. The Drinks Business website tells us that the awards “aim to raise awareness of green issues in the drinks trade and recognise and reward those who are south african wineleading the way in sustainability and environmental performance” and South Africa did very well indeed.

Mrs Green raises a glass to you all.

Wetland-filtered swimming pools

The Green Power House  has been experimenting for over a year with a “wetland” filtering system for a swimming pool. I went to investigate it yesterday.  Remarkable. The pool water is crywetland-pool-1-150x150stal-clear. It smells like a pristine  mountain pool.

Mrs Green understands the process as follows: The water overflows into a section of the pool (planted with reeds and similar plants),  from where it’s pumped into a swampy area planted with typical wetland plants. Water from this section seeps into another (also planted) shallow pool, from where it’s pumped back into the pool via a cascading water feature.  One did, after seeing the result, ponder the efficacy of wetlands and how misunderstood is the necessity of preserving them.

One also immediately wanted to dive into this beautiful pool but restrained oneself at the thought of possibly being firmly escorted off the property.

Living buildings

Living BuildingVia GreenMuze – “Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre will be the first building in Canada to have a living building certification when completed.”

As well as various other requirements, living buildings need to use zero net energy and water for one year in order to qualify for the certification.    It’s scheduled for completion in March 2011.

Cold beer and ice for the G&T’s are mandatory off the grid

When living off the grid in the Klein Karoo on off the grid livinga part-time basis, this is non-negotiable.  Yes – he’s my real cousin and and he’s married to Cathy. I’ll start at the (almost) beginning, a year ago. John writes:

“I’m constructing the super-insulated coolbox of all super-insulated coolboxes, ever, is that cool or what? This one should keep ice for a week in full Karoo sun. It’s all in the thermodynamics, or rather, the lack of ? Thermo’s will not Dynamic into my beer, is the plan, which is important after digging pipe trenches.

Whooo hooo, tank delivered, water reticulation plan designed, now I is a-shoppin’ for pipe fittings and valves and other farmer-type stuff ! Who wants to ride shotgun to the farm? No canopy … if no human comes, Ushki (the dog) gets it ! A free night at my 5 trillion star bush camp ? going going… ”  I, for one, want the coolbox plans.