Category Archives: green

what is global warming?

Hey y’ulle. I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about this thing called ‘Global Warming’ lately. They also talk about ‘sustainability‘ and ‘going green‘. Apparently it’s all because of some consumer fad called ‘Recycling‘. I read on some trend blog that Recycling is the 80s Shoulder Pad Fad reinterpreted. Not sure I should buy into it. My personal brand says I should stick to trends and ignore fads.

“You a fad / that means it somethin’ that we already had / but once you gone / you don’t come back” – Dr Dre featured in Eminem’s Anthem for a Generation “Encore”

I just did some research and according to The Diesel Global World Report, Global Warming is gonna be rad. Diesel has paid an artist to render their findings so that you can better get an idea of what will happen when Global Warming hits. These are the results:

Cant wait for the ice caps to melt.

Can't wait for the ice caps to melt.

Gonna go make a nest on a building.

Gonna go make a nest on a building.

Cant wait.

Can't wait for the endless summer.

Not sure what everyone’s on about. Just looks like the world will eventually become one big beach, which is what we’ve all been working for, anyway. Also, I heard at some blog party that all the ‘green this, green that’ is just a viral campaign for Hyperrama. Nice one. They’ll probably win a Loerie Grand Eagle Prix for it.

Guess I don’t want to be completely out of what’s in, you know? I’ve been thinking about how I can tastefully incorporate this new socially-aware movement into my life so it makes me look like a person who is ‘responsible, enlightened and aware‘. Maybe I should get some hemp socks from Woolworths or some Hemp Hand Cream from the Body Shop and just tell myself that the tube isn’t made of lead. Maybe I can preach to my friends but just ignore the fact that I drive a Hummer. Like I said, don’t want to get too into this fad coz it’s about to tip mainstream any minute now, like pencil skirts.

weekly roundup: stuff’s going down

phwhoar. been away from the computer doing all sorts of things. spent the morning with a company called Kunye which is a company run by a lady by the name of Allison. it’s her personal mission to create jobs / recycle plastic bags. and by the looks of things Kunye’s doing pretty well.

Funky chicken. Southafricanlanders know these chickens well - theyre on many a street corner. Kunye sources the guys who make them and structure commissions and shiz. Apparently they get loads of overseas orders. Very cool.

Funky chicken. Southafricanlanders know these chickens well.

Cool little reindeer dude.

Cool little reindeer dude.

Cool shoe vibes. All this stuff made from recycled plastic.

Cool shoe vibes. All this stuff made from recycled plastic.

Close up of Chappies placemat.

Close up of Chappies placemat.

then i came across these HUMAN HAMSTER BALLS at the V&A Waterfront. sweet holy mother. if only they’d had these babies when i was little. and you ball around in a pool, no less. actually it’s for the best that we didn’t have these when i was little. i would have spent my whole childhood rolling around in one, and probably a large part of my adolescence too. in fact i’d probably still be in one. hmm. anyone know where you can buy these at cost price?

Hell yeah flipping rad and awesome.

Hell yeah flipping rad and awesome.

Bye mom! See you never!

Bye mom! See you never!

then my friend Jono – who DID spend his adolescence in a Human Hamster Ball – had his birthday on Friday night at Banana Jam Cafe. Banana Jam has a lot of good memories for me, mostly of the days when reggae was the original version of chilled indie/emo music and Cool Running was too ‘young’ for us mature 18 year olds. Going to Banana Jam said you were ‘with it’ enough to know Observatory was actually dirty not ‘arty’. Back then, 2nd Avenue Harfield was at its height of being the Lower Main Road of the Southern Suburbs High School Belt. Then Jack Johnson came on the pirate ships and reggae became what you played in your car at trance parties, if you still went to them, and pretended that hippie was a lifestyle choice and not just an easy way to disguise the fact that you never had any money, and Banana Jam became the home of the Observatory refugees who were cultivating their yuppie. today, Banana Jam is a thriving biome of post-trance-head-young-professionals-who-live-in-town-but-like-to-get-in-touch-with-their-roots(ie. get drunk where no one will recognise them)-from-time-to-time.

My friend Jono. He has outgrown his Hamster Ball as a character prop and has instead embraced the Jason mask. This tells the world that he has a ruthless side yet values the loyalty of his true friends, all of whom know what he looks like yet accept him no matter what kind of plastic appendage he chooses to embrace depending on his mood.

Exhibit A: My friend Jono. He has outgrown his Hamster Ball as a character prop and has instead embraced the Jason mask. This tells the world that he has a ruthless side yet values the loyalty of his 'true friends', all of whom know what he looks like yet accept him no matter what kind of plastic appendage he chooses to embrace depending on his mood.

Before the Banana Jam madness, the agency went to lunch at The Fat Cactus. The Fat Cactus vibe is somewhere in the middle between Cool Runnings in Obs and Banana Jam in Harfield. By that I mean Fat Cactus is like the awkward teenage years of regular drinking holes, frequented by the company I work for partly because they are close by, but also because if one of us (hypothetically say, Nicole) were to climb up the wall to steal a sign that makes a visual pun out of a pair of chillies and a girl’s bum, and in the process knocks a wrought iron light fitting off the wall, which in turn smashes a large neon bottle sign and causes all the lighting in the restaurant to go out, The Fat Cactus staff will simply ask us if we’re all okay, bring more frozen margaritas and give my boss a free T-shirt. You don’t get that kind of treatment at many establishments.

After frozen margarita jug round 4, Anth, Yollie and Jakkie said they were going to flash their boobs for us. Of course, only Anth had any kind of follow-through on this. Kids, please learn from this. One thing you must NEVER do if you work at an ad agency is tell your colleagues you will flash your boobs, and then go back on your word. Nothing will get you ostracised sooner. Why at this very moment, Yollie and Jakkie can be heard banging in the broom cupboard. But were not going to let them out. They need to be ignored, so they realise they have done something wrong.

After frozen margarita jug 4, Anth, Yollie and Jakkie said they were going to flash their boobs.

Of course, only Anth had any kind of follow-through on this. Kids, please learn from this. One thing you must NEVER do if you work at an ad agency is tell your colleagues you will flash your boobs, and then go back on your word. Nothing will get you ostracised sooner. Why at this very moment, Yollie and Jakkie can be heard banging in the broom cupboard. But we’re not going to let them out. They need to be ignored, so they realise they have done something wrong.

*****************************So anyway************************************

To top off a fine week, I noticed that I got a personal Thank You in the sleeve of the new New Academics album, The Apple. There is nothing quite like getting love from a band, especially a band that I like, and especially a band whose music has been described in critical reviews as ‘hard fucking’. I’m not making that up. You can read about it on their website. Love you too guys.

I 3 PDAs. Spesh from musicians.

I <3 PDAs. Spesh from musicians.

brands being socially conscious

Cape Union Mart’s come out with a fleece made purely from recycled materials.

rubbishfleece

Visi magazine released a biodegradable shopping bag:

visibioshopper

these recycled notebooks are made by the Remarkable company, and you can get them at the Wellness Centres springing up around town:

remarkablenotebook

YDE has some recycled shoppers too:

YDErecycled

YDErecycled2

Vida e caffe gets its green on:

vidagreen1

vidagreen2

interesting stuffs

Time magazine’s first ever Blog Index.

Damien Hirst + Andy Warhol + Levi’s Pop-up Retail store at Fred Segal in the states. eerie and cool.

warholhirstlevi

Friends of mine Jen and Cuan won a trip to Zanzibar in a design-off at Design Indaba this year (old news but at last i have found a picture of the ad):

jencuanad

why i bought the car i bought.

a lot of people have been asking ‘why’d you buy the toyota yaris’ so i thought i’d do a bit about it.

first things first, the obvious car in that category to buy would be the renault clio. since every young professional i’ve ever known has bought into the clio vibe, i just couldn’t do it because it didn’t make me feel like a pioneer, like i had discovered a product all for myself. also, to be honest, i find their advertising seriously patronising… not sure about the clio’s stuff specifically but the megane’s pseudo-french ‘Shake your Booty’ – seriously? you really want me to buy your car so i can shake my booty? just thinking the words ‘shake your booty’ makes me cringe. no deal. as for the actual car itself – the ads created some serious barrier to access, couldn’t bring myself to test drive one. pity, coz they’re lookers, the renaults.

the peugeot 207 was tempting, although my peugeot-owner friends are never satisfied with service quality, or attention to customer complaints, or even with the quality of the car. they’re an unhappy lot, though i believe service has improved in SA of late. as sexy as the brand is, i’m not at the point where i can afford to mess around on basics like, does the car work?

next on the list is VW Polo, which are cute little cars but i find VW to be quite outdated on the whole. also every second person drives them. that, and the fact that they get stolen all the time – not really practical in South Africa. again, i’m not at the point where i want to be messing around with insurance companies who may or may not pay out.

then we have the Hyundai Getz, and while it’s a rad little car it’s still a Hyundai and i don’t want to be like the girl in the ad who keeps telling Officer Bob to take his hand out the window. i’m also not a fan of the body shape – too square and clanky. ‘clanky’ is just the word that comes to mind when i look at the Getz.

also on the list are Fiat’s offerings but their body design is also completely unappealing to me so i didn’t even go there. the Multipla nearly made me choke on my own tongue when i first saw it – awful.

a close contender was the Ford Fiesta, because of the value for money and the many happy customers i know. while i was looking for a car my friend Kate was too, and she ended up with the Fiesta, but having driven around in hers i found the Yaris to be infinitely more spacious inside. again, Yaris beats Ford when looking at something as shallow as the body. but i am shallow like that, and it was a close call.

Opel Corsa - the new shape is better than the old one, though my ex boyfriend bought a corsa and we want to move forward in life, no? also it’s a bit pricey for what you’re getting. though the car i traded in was an Opel and exceptionally reliable. don’t have much bad to say about the car except for the associations with an old life.

those were the cars i looked at. the other little mini toys cars out there are not really cars in my opinion, and a major factor that i haven’t mentioned yet is safety – i am safety obsessed, therefore the airbags and side impact beams and high mounted engine in the front all working towards keeping me in one piece while out on SA roads made me very happy with my purchase. and the Yaris is the nicest design of all the hatches out there are present in my opinion, barring the peugeot, although their headlights are looking rather beady-eyed in comparison to how the other manufacturers have put a spin on what was their trademark.

and now you know.

*Update* I also first took a liking to Toyota during the final montage of the final episode of 6 Feet Under, where everyone dies and Claire drives off in a  Toyota Prius. 6 Feet Under is one of my all time favourite shows, and that scene also got me thinking about hybrids and the feasibility of environmentally aware cars being normal and for the first time seriously considering driving one.

wine on the move

introducing Chatta Box. it comes in a tetrapak, so you can take it pretty much anywhere (it’s resealable) but even better, it’s recyclable.

chatterbox

thanks to Nick for the pics of the launch. definitely a product to look out for over summer.

launch venue

lots of pretty colours and pretty girls, the launch was at the Planetarium in Cape Town last thursday at 4pm.

seating

talking

not a great shot of the POS or the packaging but you get the idea:

pos