Waste-free warrior to impart wisdom in Durban

FOOD and Trees for Africa (FTFA) hosts a ‘Zero Waste Home’ event with the ‘priestess of waste-free living’ at the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre on Monday, 8 May.

Living nearly waste-free for the last seven years, Bea Johnson has real insight into what it takes to reduce your impact on the environment.

The 2011 grand prize winner of the Green Award and author of Zero Waste Home will explain how her family produced only a jam jar’s worth of waste annually through the five principles of ‘refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot’.

Johnson is presently on a multi-country tour to impart her waste-free wisdom. She has been “described as ‘the priestess of waste-free living’ by the New York Times and as the ‘Messiah of Ecology’ by Paris Match. Johnson teaches people to ‘own less, waste less and live more’.

Johnson gives an upbeat, visually-rich and at times humorous presentation. Contrary to fears, she is not a ‘flower-power bohemian burn-out’ but a stylish trend-setter who walks her talk about living with as little impact on our natural world as possible,” said Food and Trees for Africa communications co-ordinator, Eugene Mahabeer.

FTFA is a social and environmental enterprise aimed at improving lives and landscapes toward healthy people on a healthier planet. To date, FTFA has planted 4.2 million trees, 1000s of permaculture food gardens and organic farms have been planted for poor communities.
The event runs from 1.30pm to 5pm.

 
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