Blog Entry by Megan Petrous, Greenpop Marketing Coordinator
Attention all photographers and Greenpop supporters!
Ramsay Media in collaboration with BoE Private Clients is launching a photographic competition in hopes to raise awareness for a number of issues that affect all South Africans. The campaign, Picture the Change, essentially asks the public or media to submit a photo they believe depicts the change they hope to see in the world. The person with the best photo will receive R300 000 worth of media space that will go towards raising awareness for the cause of their choice. Furthermore, the winner will receive a SANParks-sponsored four-night stay in any one of its 21 parks.
We are asking any photographers who support Greenpop to please submit a photo or series of photos on our behalf. Some ideas could be any photos that were taken on our plant days, reforestation fests, or other events, as well as any photos that are relevant to the greening of South Africa.
For more information, check out the Picture the Change website by clicking HERE.
Blog post by Julia Taylor
Rather than cutting down a tree for your Christmas tree, buy a leafy indigenous tree and once the festivities are over plant it in your garden!
Examples of lovely leafy indigenous trees for South Africa:
- Henkel’s Yellowwood
- Gardenia thunbergia
- Wild Olive
- Buy less, rather make a gift which could hold extra value because of personal care
- Buy locally produced gifts. Imported gifts often cost more and contribute more to carbon emissions due to transportation.
- Give gifts made of recycled materials
- OR give a gift that keeps on giving by purchasing a tree from Greenpop which will bring joy to many people and last a lot longer than most Christmas gifts. To give a festive season tree follow this link:
- Try to use recycled materials to decorate your tree and house for Christmas. It’s a great way to get creative. Try using seed pods and twigs to create Christmas characters.
- If you have a tradition of using lights, try to stick to LED lighting as it saves a huge amount of electricity.
- Rather than buying Christmas cards from a shop, make your own or send an e-card. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2007/dec/14/recycle.christmas
- Plan before you buy the groceries and ensure that you do not over-buy. Also try to buy local and organically grown produce. Or if you are willing, try a vegetarian Christmas, here are some delicious festive recipes: http://www.vegsoc.org/page.aspx?pid=1323
- Don’t throw away leftover food! Sandwiches the week after Christmas are sometimes more looked forward to than Christmas itself.