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This festive season the internet is full of creative ideas for eco- conscious gifting. The one that stood out the most was re- gifting. To put it simply re-gifting is giving people gifts that you have received that you don’t want or need and that you know they would love! Thanx to the creative team at Brain Pickings and their Regifting API , re-gifting is fast becoming a socially acceptable and cool way of gift-giving and leaving it’s stigmas behind.

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Cangro – upside down planters

Cangro is turning the world of gardening literally on its head! Demonstrating that plants can grow and thrive in an upside down world.

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Simple Intrigue

Strolling through Hout Bay’s Harbour Market, I stumble across this magical little stall where abandoned objects and books are given new life and transformed into works of art, some functional, some, simply intriguing…

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Trash Trap

Here is another great idea for your old plastic bottles. Turn them into traps for fruit flies!! I saw this being used very successfully at Goedgedacht Farm where they have an organic Kei apple plantation.

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Trash to Toys

Arvind Gupta (science educator) is turning trash into toys for learning. In this video he shares how he creates toys that kids can build themselves – while learning basic principles of science and design.

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The Recycling Game

Did you ever think that recycling was a bit boring? Well not anymore – a Boston based company called Greenbean Recycle is turning recycling into a game where everyone wins!

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Waste Land

This film is a beautiful testament to the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows Vik Muniz as he journeys to the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic group of “catadores” — self-designated pickers of recyclable materials…

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The Good Stuff – Episode 1: Take THAT, plastic bags!

This is the first broadcast of the Good Stuff, a monthly podcast series brought to you by the Annie Leonard and the Story of Stuff Project. The Good Stuff, features interviews with inspiring activists, scientists, entrepreneurs and others change-makers. The first episode explores solutions to plastic bag pollution with interviews with Rose Timmer, (a community activist who successfully banned plastic bags) and entrepreneur, Andy Keller, founder of Chico Bags.

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TrashBack – Rewards for Rubbish

We just produced a promo video for TrashBack, a new social enterprise which incentivises disadvantaged communities to manage their own waste and recycle.

Since the launch of the TrashBack/ uphinda-phindo! pilot project 5 months ago, over 18 TONS of recycling has been collected and 826 rewards have been given out to participants. TrashBack continues to uplift the community through education initiatives…

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Where is Away: Solving Plastic Pollution in 4 Minutes

Where Is ‘Away?’: Solving Plastic Pollution in 4-minutes, is the fourth short movie in professional surfer, Kyle Thiermann’s Surfing For Change series. It tracks a plastic bag that Kyle uses in his hometown of Santa Cruz California, all the way to the north shore of Oahu, demonstrating both the destruction and solutions along the way. Famous musician Jack Johnson, and Story of Stuff’s Annie Leonard join Kyle in this fast-paced journey to highlight the power we all have to end plastic pollution.[/twocol_one]

Website: Surfing for Change