Let me just say, from the outset, that I do not think I’m a queen.
It started out as a joke among friends when I started selling vertical pallet gardens. It seemed funny, I suppose, because I’m a journalist, and a little word play goes a long way.
My pallet garden journey is featured in Visi Melanie Farrell’s pallet gardens
But posts have been a long time coming since I blithely created my WordPress account two years ago. In the interim I’ve developed a passion for greener living and Green Route has grown out of Pallet Gardens Cape Town
When I decided it was time to use the bedraggled Queen of Pallet Gardens blog to post all the greenies that have shared their green routes around the country with me I thought about changing the name of the blog. And then I thought ‘why?’
So in honour of the queen we shall just say that although Queen of Pallet Gardens is me poking fun at myself I am very serious about growing a network of green routes around South Africa.
The focus of Green Route is to support eco-preneurs – entrepreneurs who go the green route by opting for eco-conscious products and services.
Every week I ask a South African eco-preneur to share their ‘green route’ – or the five places and spaces that they visit regularly. It could be their veggie patch at home or a favourite hike. A secret surf spot or a new zero-waste shop.
You get the inside info on where to visit, eat and shop in South Africa from this eco-minded, organic green network.
Who am I?
I am a storyteller and story-maker, a die-hard newswoman, eco-preneur, writer, photographer, editor, maker, innovator, upcycler and eco-activist living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town.
I grew up globally, seeking out green spaces in England, Ghana, South Africa, Spain, Canada, Australia and South America, finally settling in Cape Town.
My passion is telling peoples’ stories and living lightly. See Live Lightly for posts about my green journey where I aim to consume less, create less waste and, ultimately, spend less.
Take a look at My Green Portfolio.
Look for Green Route stories in South African Garden&Home, Property 360 and Indy Eats.
All photos are my own unless otherwise indicated. Please credit Melanie Farrell, Green Route and tag #Green Route when you share a post – and please do share! #GreenRoute
Do you have a Green Route to share or would you like to chat to me about working together? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also on Linked In
Who’s talking about Green Route?
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 can really help our company reach our goals of sustainability, both as a business, and as earthlings.’
Joy Phala – Organic Kitchen Gardens (Joburg)
‘Green Route 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.’
Colleen Black, Life Lived Simply
Zero-waste ambassador Colleen Black, of Life Lived Simply, lives in Balito, KZN. She is also the organiser of this year’s nationwide zero-waste tour of SA by Bea Johnson, a global ambassador for living lightly.
‘Green Route 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 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.’
Here are some of the publications that I've written for recently.
How we should live – The Sunday Times LifeStyle magazine cover story.
Green Travel: Going off-grid at Cape Nature's Grootvadersbosch
Cape Town Green Map