Category Archives: organic

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.

Big City Buzz – urban bee-keeping in Paris

bees in parisSomething that I had not yet contemplated  (via Treehugger and the BBC ).

Paris has been a pesticide-free zone for 10 years.  There are over 400 bee hives in the city.

It seems that these urban bees are very happy indeed. They have a far lower death-rate (3 – 5%) than their country cousins (30 – 40%).  Their honey yield is almost double.  Biodiversity also has a role to play – urban honey made in Paris contained more than 250 different pollens. Honey from the French countryside can contain as few as 15 or 20 pollens.  Sweet stuff …

Vertical self-watering rain harvesting garden for small spaces

Vertical garden self wateringDo you want a herb garden on a small patio or balcony that will water itself?  This would work – a  living green vertical wall.

I found it at Treehugger. It can harvest rainwater from a gutter down-pipe and the built-in tank can be topped up during dry spells.

Michael Tampilic  won a prize with his Vert Rain Terrace at the Rocket 2008 industrial design show.

Treehugger has an article on it here. We intend to experiment with ways and means to design and construct these delightful green walls.

Littering allowed with these drinking glasses – or you can eat them

Edible jelly glassDesigned by The Way We See The World, Jelloware  glasses are edible, flavoured and naturally biodegradable.

From if it’s hip, it’s here – “The cups are made entirely out of agar agar Jelly glass disposal(a gelatinous substance made from red algae) and cast in different flavors, such as lemon-basil, ginger-mint, or rosemary-beet, each specifically designed to compliment a corresponding drink.” Seaweed is a great fertilizer.  However, ginger-mint jello would be a rather tasty snack.

Either way, less to carry home after a picnic in the park once someone starts selling them …