the path to eco-conscious living

Green Route ZA promotes eco-conscious living in South Africa. We would never tell anyone how they should live, we simply make it easier for people to make better choices when it comes to sustainable living.

How do we do this? By promoting zero-waste shopping, eco-NPOs working towards a healthier environment and businesses that focus on eco-living.

Meet SA eco-preneurs who support Green Route ZA

Joy Phala Organic Kitchen Gardens (Joburg)

Green Route ZA is an innovative concept for awareness and education of business, organisations and entrepreneurs that demonstrate responsible corporate citizenship by taking environmental stewardship beyond waste management in their business operations.’ Read the story I wrote about Joy for Daily Maverick – Viva Veggies: The Easy Peasy guide to growing your own greens

Tony Budden, co-owner of Hemporium SA

‘As an ecopreneur, the journey of pioneering a new, more earth-friendly way of doing business is often a lonely and challenging one. Having support from like-minded people, and being able to connect with customers and suppliers who share your values through initiatives like Green Route ZA can really help our company reach our goals of sustainability, both as a business, and as earthlings.’ Read Tony’s Green Route in Cape Town

Colleen Black, Life Lived Simply

Zero-waste ambassador Colleen Black, of Life Lived Simply, lives in Ballito, KZN. She is also the organiser of the 2017 nationwide zero-waste tour of SA by Bea Johnson, a global ambassador for living lightly. ‘Green Route ZA is so inspiring to me; I love discovering things to do in my area or hearing what others are doing to make a difference in their corner of the world. Green Route ZA makes this easy for everyone by sharing their stories.’ 

Philip Todres of Cape Town Green Map

‘Your routes are perfect for Cape Town Green Map and I’d like to feature them on the MapMyWay website. The spin-off is that we then do a double whammy: MapMyWay can plot the routes and link to Cape Town Green Map.’

What people are saying


‘As an ecopreneur, the journey of pioneering a new, more earth-friendly way of doing business is often a lonely and challenging one.

Tony Budden, co-owner of Hemporium SA


Green Route ZA is an innovative concept for awareness and education of business, organisations and entrepreneurs that demonstrate responsible corporate citizenship by taking environmental stewardship beyond waste management in their business operations.’ 

Joy Phala Organic Kitchen Gardens (Joburg)


‘Your routes are perfect for Cape Town Green Map and I’d like to feature them on the MapMyWay website. The spin-off is that we then do a double whammy: MapMyWay can plot the routes and link to Cape Town Green Map.’

Philip Todres of Cape Town Green Map
Media highlights with Green Route ZA

Meet zero-heroes in South Africa and discover the everyday eco-heroes who walk their talk in Daily Maverick.

S is for Scone shack

Here’s a story that I wrote for Daily Maverick about a higgledy-piggledy off-grid shack near Cape Point that serves hot scones and homemade jams from their upcycled tea-room in the middle of a succulent nursery.  The crooked little scone shack made of old windows

Read more eco-conscious stories by me on Daily Maverick in 2019

Ayurvedic Chef makes potent food poetry November 2019

Meet your everyday eco-heroes who walk their talk October 2019

Garth Tavares: The perfectly imperfect Cape Town Vegan October 2019

Zero Heroes of SA embrace living an eco-conscious life July 2019

Nourish’d mind, body and soul greens up Obs March 2019

Everyday heroes weigh in on the war against plastic July 2019

In UK Indie Eats

Grootbos Magic: A Cape Nature Reserve for All the Senses September 2019

Where to eat in Stanford, South Africa, from cosy farmhouses to fine dining June 2018

Green Route ZA started in 2016 when I proposed a story to the Sunday Times Life Style magazine: I asked 7 eco-conscious South Africans to share their 7 favourite green spaces and places. Featured are Joy Phala from Gauteng (organic gardener), Delwyn Pillay from Durban (Greenpeace), Comrade Carrot (organic farmer, was in Cape Town, now in Jozi), Melissa de Billot (Slow Food), Tony Budden (Hemporium SA), Jeremy Loops (co-founder of Greenpop) and permaculture gardener Thabile Gasa from Durban.

Pay it forward ZA

I’m a big fan of PE-based Rushka Johnson and love her #payitforward coffee idea so I shared it with Good Things Guy. People Pay it Forward for people in need of a coffee and encouragement


Green Route ZA – the path to

eco-conscious living


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