Nutrition and Sustainability

With a rapidly rising world population, dwindling resources, deforestation, industrialisation and pollution our food choices are becoming more and more important. As per the butterfly effect, our food choices are linked with all of these negative events happening on the planet. While we cannot single-handedly stop deforestation or pollution we must remember that “change begins… Read More »

What is in a shirt?

Is it a cover up? When I look at any object or product, fashioned by human hands or machine made according to human design, I need to see and understand it in its immediate and wider context, in order to make sense of it. What have a pair of jeans and an empire dress in… Read More »

National Geographic documentary makes the case for organic cotton farming

Cotton represents one of the most complex sustainability challenges of our time – approximately half of all clothes are manufactured using this versatile and historically important fibre, and tens of thousands of livelihoods depend upon it. However, this crop is notorious for its heavy dependence on chemical insecticides and pesticides. A shift to more sustainable… Read More »

The history of greeting cards

Despite the rise of online platforms and electronic messaging, the sending of printed greeting cards for birthdays, religious occasions, anniversaries, sympathy occasions, and of course the ever-popular Valentine’s day still fuels the sale of billions of cards each year. When did this tradition of sending cards start, and can they really keep ancient villager-gobbling monsters… Read More »

Evolution of the written word

While reading and writing is so large a part of our daily lives as to be taken utterly for granted – the concept of representing spoken language in a visual format actually took many centuries to develop. The writing down of numerical information was the first to appear, and our earliest examples of this which… Read More »

Putting your money where your mouth is – Sustainable Investing

USSIF (The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in the US) defines sustainable investment or SRI as: ‘Sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) is an investment discipline that considers environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.’ How is sustainable investment tracked in South Africa? (more…)