Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Launch of New GreenHome Website and Branding



After many months of hard work and anticipation, we are extremely excited to announce the official launch of the new GreenHome website and re branding

Because we at GreenHome like to keep it authentic, Aisle_B first carved the letters out of wood which they then printed onto paper and finally used to create the new logo.

 We really hope that you will enjoy the new website  as much as we do, so please do take a look. Oh, and did we mention that online buying is coming soon?

Thursday, 26 July 2012

PLASTICS NEWS: Marine Plastic Pollution on the Rise



According to a new study led by a University of British Columbia researcher who examined the stomach contents of beached northern fulmar, marine plastic pollution is on the rise with plastic pollution in the Northwest Pacific where the study was conducted reaching the levels of the notoriously polluted North Sea.

Northern fulmar forage exclusively at sea and retain plastic in their stomachs for a long period time which makes them ideal indicators of marine plastic pollution. The study found that 92.5 % of the northern fulmar examined had ingested plastic, up from 58 % in 1980.

Theses findings are hardly surprising. Plastic consumption continues to grow despite growing awareness of the global plastic pollution crisis. Contrary to what the powerful plastics lobby would have us believe, plastic recycling is not a sustainable solution. The only thing that can solve the plastic pollution crisis is a significant global reduction in the consumption of non-biodegradable, non-renewable, toxic plastic products.

Read the full article about the new study here.
Northern fulmars forage exclusively at sea and retain ingested plastics for a long period of time, making them ideal indicators for marine littering

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-seabirds-plastic-pollution-coast-pacific.html#jC
Northern fulmars forage exclusively at sea and retain ingested plastics for a long period of time, making them ideal indicators for marine littering

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-seabirds-plastic-pollution-coast-pacific.html#jCp
Northern fulmars forage exclusively at sea and retain ingested plastics for a long period of time, making them ideal indicators for marine littering

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-seabirds-plastic-pollution-coast-pacific.html#jC
Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-seabirds-plastic-pollution-coast-pacific.html#jCp
Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-seabirds-plastic-pollution-coast-pacific.html#jCp
Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-07-seabirds-plastic-pollution-coast-pacific.html#jCp

GREEN TIP: Natural Household Cleaning Recipes

Regular cleaning products bring toxic chemicals into our homes and create unnecessary plastic waste. Simple ingredients such as bicarb, lemon juice, vinegar and essential oils make effective cleaners for every room of the house and protect our environment, our families, our bodies and our bank balance.

Common Natural Cleaners 
 
Combined in various ways, these common household items work just as well as the most expensive and noxious cleaners on the market.
    • Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaning product as well as a disinfectant. It cleans much like an all-purpose cleaner.  Mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and you have a solution that will clean most areas of your home (try buying vinegar in bulk to reduce unneccesary plastic packaging).  Beware that improperly diluted vinegar is acidic and can eat away at tile grout. Oh, and don't worry about your house smelling like vinegar. The smell disappears when it dries. Bathroom: Clean the bath, toilet, basin, and counter-tops. Use pure vinegar in the toilet bowl.  You can also mop the floor in the bathroom with a vinegar/water solution. Vinegar will also eat away the soap scum and hard water stains on fixtures and tiles leaving them shiny and beautiful. Equal parts vinegar and water solution also cleans mirrors and windows beautifully. Kitchen: Clean the top of the stove with equal parts vinegar and water. Most appliances can be cleaned with this same all purpose mix of vinegar and water. Counter-top surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected with the same spray. Use vinegar for shiny clean floors. Laundry: Vinegar is a natural fabric softener.  Add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle in place of regular fabric softener. Vinegar has the added benefit of breaking down laundry detergent more effectively. Vinegar can be used to clean the washing machine as well.

    • Lemon Juice is another natural substance that can be used to clean your home. It can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits and is a great substance to clean and shine brass and copper. Try mixing lemon juice with vinegar or bicarb to make cleaning pastes. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle bicarb on the cut section of the lemon. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains. Be aware that lemon juice can act as a natural bleach so it's a good idea to test it out on a hidden area first. Mix 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and you have a furniture polish for hardwood furniture. Lemon juice can also be used to treat stains because of its natural bleaching qualities. 
    • Bicarbonate of Soda can be used to scrub surfaces in much the same way as commercial non-abrasive cleansers. It is also a great deodorizer. Put it anywhere you need deodorizing action :fridge, freezer, bins, laundry  and even smelly shoes. Bicarb makes a excellent addition in the laundry room too. It is one of the most versatile cleaners on the planet. 

    • Essential Oils Grapefruit seed extract and essential oils such as lavender, clove, and tea tree oil have antiseptic properties and operate as natural fungicides. Add a few drops to vinegar and water cleaning solution.

      Wednesday, 25 July 2012

      VIDEO OF THE MONTH: The Story of Change

      Can shopping save the world? The new movie from the Story of Stuff Project, "The Story of Change" says we need put down our credit cards and start exercising our citizen muscles to create a better,  ecologically sustainable world. Get inspired... please watch and share this excellent short film.

      It's Biodegradable, Sweetie!

      GreenHome's 100 % biodegradable clear gusseted wood cellulose or corn starch bags in use by Dial-a-Picnic, JHB.

      Monday, 23 July 2012

      Wakeford Catering Company goes Biodegradable

      Wakeford Catering Company in Johannesburg recently hosted an event using GreenHome's 100% natural and compostable packaging. Check out the yummy bunny chow - it looked (and tasted) incredible in our unbleached brown paper bags. More GreenHome products and prices here.

      Succulent Wall Garden at our Hope Street Showroom

      Wall Gardens have recently installed this fantastic 2 x 3 m succulent wall garden  framed with a recycled wooden pallet frame at our new showroom. Wall Gardens is a Cape Town based company that transforms any wall into a beautiful living artwork or a functional garden. Visit their website www.wallgardens.co.za for more info and come see for yourself out at our new showroom, 39 Hope Street. Cape Town City Centre.