the A to Z of 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 and we #PayitForwardZA

Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey in Pay it Forward – 2000

Have you heard about the #PayitForward movement? It’s based on the 2000 film starring Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey, Pay it Forward, where a teacher encourages his students to change the world through altruistic acts.

Green Route ZA believes in paying it forward and actively supports eco-NPOs (environmental Non-Profit Organisations) in Cape Town, including The Beach Co-op, Soil for Life, SEED and Earthchild Project.

Do we really need another hashtag? Probably not. On the other hand, listen to James Beck talking about his experience of living according to the #PayitForward idea.

“In 2011 James Beck travelled to every state in the US running a social experiment called Serf Bliss. For one year he wanted to see if he could live based on a pay-it-forward system. During this journey, James learned how simple acts of kindness can unlock humans’ potential in unexpected ways. In this riveting and charming talk, James Beck explains how picking up dog poop can change lives.”

And then there’s Botlhale Tshetlo who gave a talk at TEDx Soweto about her 38 random acts of kindness.

‘My 38 random acts of kindness

Botlhale Tshetlo, above, gave a talk at TEDx Soweto about her 38 random acts of kindness to celebrate her 38th birthday. When Botlhale turned 38, she carried out a list of 38 random acts of kindness as her way of giving back and giving thanks. Follow Botlhale on Twitter: @TlhaleD

For the past three years I’ve quietly been applying a principle of #payitforwardZA to eco-NPOs, zero-waste stores and businesses that sell eco-conscious products by promoting them, free of charge.

Eco-NPOs in Cape Town (environmental Non-Profit Organisations), including The Beach Co-opSoil for LifeSEED and Earthchild Project.

Zero-waste stores in Cape Town NUDE FOODS in the city and in Newlands, Shop Zero in Woodstock, The Daily Goods Store in Muizenberg village.

Green Route ZA is the A to Z of eco-conscious living


Published by Melanie Farrell

Founder of Green Route ZA - the path to eco-conscious living. I live in Cape Town, South Africa.

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