The official opening of Green Overall, Port Elizabeth’s and South Africa’s first and only Green Shop, was on the 9th of October 2012.
Green Overall is an initiative of Tommy Baynes of Just Cabinets and Frans van der Merwe of Water Rhapsody. “We both shared the same dream of having a one-stop-green-shop, and Green Overall is our dream come true”.
The executive major, Zanoxolo Wayile, cut the ribbon to declare the shop officially open.
Executive Major, Zanoxolo Wayile with Tommy Baynes, Frans van der Merwe and Ansie van der Merwe
He said that Green Overall is at the cutting edge of green technology and that this is where all stakeholders, including government will have to invest resources. He also pointed out that all parties require information and guidance as far as green products and services are concerned. This need he said is already being met by Green Overall.
Stanley April from Eskom, one of the main supporters of Green Overall, said that energy supply stays under huge strain and that we collectively need to reduce demand as far as possible. Cost of energy will continue to rise and it’s therefore vital that we install systems that are more energy efficient or make use of alternative energy.
People are generally very keen to live a greener life but don’t really know to achieve this or are under the impression that it is very expensive. Green Overall is firstly an information centre for the public. Together with its stakeholders, Green Overall offers turnkey solutions for any project.
Ever wondered how to start recycling? You want to recycle but don’t want to load your car full of bottles and paper and drive out to a recycling bin somewhere in Port Elizabeth.
Do you wonder what happens to all those bottles and paper you throw into that bin? Doesn’t it end up in landfill anyway?
Greencycle is now also part of Green Overall. It is a non-profit organization which provides a convenient and inexpensive recycling collection service to the homes and businesses of Port Elizabeth.
Laura Henderson and Louise Simpson co-founded Greencycle in 2008 after fruitlessly searching for a comprehensive recycling service in Port Elizabeth. They continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the company, with the assistance of their ever-expanding team.
What sets Greencycle apart from other recycling businesses is that it collects your recyclable waste from your home; you don’t even have to separate the different recyclable items into different bins! They provide you with some bags, recycled of course, into which you deposit your recycled items. On a specific day of the week, depending on the suburb you live in, you just put your bags out on the verge, as you would with your normal refuse. Greencycle collect and take them to their warehouse where is the contents are sorted into the various waste streams and distributed to the end-users. In other words: job creation.
To join the growing Greencycle recycling community and help us make PE an environmentally Friendlier City, visit the Green Overall shop in Sunridge Village Shopping centre. We also stock ‘pre-owned’ stationery and other usable items that have been collected by Green cycle. Stock is still in great condition and sells for a fraction of the ‘new’ price.
To get more tips on what and how to recycle, visit the GreenCycle page.
Water Rhapsody, leaders in the field of Water Conservation, joined Green Overall to expand the services and products of the shop.
This happens just in time as Port Elizabeth water pipes that feeds the metro from the Impofu and Churchill dams collapsed today due to the heavy rainfall and resulting shifting sand near Van Stadens Mouth.
Water Rhapsody’s clients that installed a Grand Opus (Rainwater harvesting system) will not be effected by this as the tanks are full to the brim and good quality water is pumped from these tank to every tap in the house. With the good rains this winter Water Rhapsody’s clients did not use any municipal water since May. Not only is this a huge saving in water, but also a saving of money as the system is paying back itself.
With the water purification and filtrations systems installed by Water Rhapsody, there is also no worries about the quality of the rainwater harvested.
To have a look at how the system looks and works, visit the Green Overall shop at Shop 52 (opposite CNA), Sunridge Village or visit their website.
Nature Friendly Paints manufactures paints that contains no VOC’s and are therefor environmentally friendly.
Why no VOCs?
VOCs (Volatile organic compounds) are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary, room-temperature conditions. Their high vapour pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate or sublimate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air. An example is formaldehyde, with a boiling point of –19 °C (–2 °F), slowly exiting paint and getting into the air.
Most scents or odours are of VOCs. Some VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment. Anthropogenic VOCs are regulated by law, especially indoors, where concentrations are the highest. Harmful VOCs are typically not acutely toxic, but instead have compounding long-term health effects. Because the concentrations are usually low and the symptoms slow to develop, research into VOCs and their effects is difficult.
A major source of man-made VOCs is coatings, especially paints and protective coatings. Solvents are required to spread a protective or decorative film. Approximately 12 billion litres of paints are produced annually. Typical solvents are aliphatic hydrocarbons, ethyl acetate, glycol ethers, and acetone. Motivated by cost, environmental concerns, and regulation, the paint and coating industries are increasingly shifting toward aqueous solvents.
So if your own health and those you love is important to you; use a paint that is not only healthy and environmental friendly but also of superior quality.
Visit the product page to get a list of products available
Classic Glass is one of our first partners in the Green Overall family. They truly put the true meaning in words like “sustainability” and “going green”. Not only do they recycle glass bottles, but also transform them into modern, useful and practical items to be re-used again.
Anneret Cloete with her passion for working with glass has created a sustainable green business that saves the environment and also contributes to job creation.
The products range from the majestic chandeliers to wine glasses, cocktail glasses, serviette holders and many more. The perfect gift for any occasion.
Visit the Green Overall Store at Shop 52, Sunridge Village Shopping Centre to view their and other green products.
Our First Winner: Genelle Gerber
The Second Winner: Gert Posthumus
The Third Winner: Verné
The opening of Green Overall is just one month away! To get things going we will be offering some energy efficient prizes sponsored by Eskom.
The Eco Kettle
We have a long list of partners that will join Green Overall to bring all green products under one roof. Their information, products and services will be listed on our website and also on our facebook page. Go Like our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/greenoverall.co.za to get up to date information about the opening of Green Overall and which partners will be involved. We have already hinted one of them in this post.
To stand a chance to win one of these fantastic energy savers, send us your contact detail using the contact form on the right hand side on our home page. In the comments field, let us know what you think about the idea of a one-stop-green-shop. Alternatively you can put you contact details or business card into the green post box at our shop at Sunridge Village Shopping Centre, Port Elizabeth.
How did you feel when you had to give away some of your hard earned money to pay your last electrical bill? Now add to that another 16% to account for the forthcoming increase. With winter also fast approaching, you can also expect a sharp increase in you usage.
- Did you know that you can save 10% on your energy bill without spending a cent?
- Did you know that you can achieve ongoing savings of up to 30% for an outlay of less than R1000?
Greenoverall is your partner in going green and to help you save money and the environment.
Want to know more on how to save electricity: Send us an e-mail to email@example.com
Going green can be the global movement of the 21st century, much like the movements that defined and transformed the twentieth, for the better. So, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving green a chance.
Green Overall is a “Go-Green” initiative to try and reach as many people as possible to spread the awareness and importance of ‘Going Green’.
As there is no “Green” shop where all the necessary items are under 1 roof, we will be filling the existing gap in the “Green” market. This will be a 1 stop shop for clients such as architects, developers and the public for all their “Green” requirements. Here they will find top class “Green” products for the complete “Green” home or business.
Bookmark this page as much more information will come this way soon.