Noordhoek’s Mary Honeybun has been selected as one of the five finalists in the Eco-Angels category of The Enviropaedia’s annual Eco-Logic Awards presentation. The awards ceremony will be held on 26 September 2013 at Maropeng (Cradle of Humankind South Africa) World Heritage. It will take the form of an afternoon networking session with lunch followed by the award ceremony to present the Eco-Logic Awards 2013 – hosted by The Enviropaedia in association with SABC3.

 

The  finalists in the Ecos–Angel section are:

Mary Honeybun – Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation

Mary Honeybun at the age of 78 collects bread tags from people all over South Africa, which she sorts, packages and sells to a polystyrene company in Johannesburg. From the proceeds she purchases wheelchairs for children & adults, and walking frames for children with cerebral palsy. It takes 400kg of bread tags to buy 2 wheelchairs. She has been doing this almost single handedly since 2006 and to date has purchased 400 wheelchairs. Chairs have been sent as far afield as Zimbabwe and the Congo. She is approached by many schools and sanctuaries for assistance where they are unable to purchase their own wheelchairs.

If you would like to help sponsor Mary’s air ticket to Johannesburg , please contact me at viv@scenicsouth.co.za.  As a pensioner she would be very grateful for any contributions.

Mary Honeybun of Breadtags for Wheelchairs. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Johnathan Grieve – Avondale Wine Estate

Avondale Proprietor Johnathan Grieve believes in the key principle of life – to create conditions conducive to more life. This is evident through his holistic BioLOGIC approach to farming. However, his approach extends past the physical environment – he believes that in order for his business to flourish, it needs to create conditions within the larger community that support this ideal. His principles and practices also reflect the values and thinking of the Eco-Logic Awards

Johnathan Grieve. Photo supplied by The Enviropaedia

Johnathan Grieve. Photo supplied by The Enviropaedia

Catherine Constantinides – Generation Earth

Catherine Constantinides is a social entrepreneur, humanitarian and an environmentalist. She has been the founder and National Director of the Miss Earth South Africa Leadership and Empowerment Programme since its inception in South Africa in 2003. She continues to be a role model to many aspiring environmentalists and humanitarians through this leadership programme and has initiated many campaigns and projects to create awareness, instil education and empower young South African ladies.

 

Catherine Constantinides.Photo supplied by The Eviropaedia

Catherine Constantinides.Photo supplied by The Eviropaedia

Margaret Roestorf – SANCCOB

As CEO of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), Margaret talks penguins, gannets, cormorants, terns, pelicans, petrels and albatrosses. Wherever she goes in the world she warmly encourages people to support marine conservation projects that protect and conserve these precious seabirds and the marine environment they depend on.  Her committed and dedicated efforts bring conservation dollars and euros into Southern Africa, and her enthusiastic interaction with conservationists and governments around the world is successfully raising the profile of these highly threatened birds.

 

Margaret Roestorf with members of Hisence, Wesgro &WC gov. Photo provided by The Enviropaedia

Margaret Roestorf with members of Hisence, Wesgro &WC gov. Photo provided by The Enviropaedia

 

Louise Joubert– Sanwild

Since 1989, Louise’s empathy for injured, orphaned and traumatized wildlife motivated her to create a place where she could patch up and care for them. As the number of wildlife “inmates” soon outgrew her husband’s small holding, in 1998 Louise and her husband Andre embarked on an adventurous and difficult journey to establish SanWild as a rehabilitation centre and sanctuary for injured wildlife. SanWild has grown from a humble 21 hectares to a stunning 6000 hectare reserve that is now home to thousands of rescued wildlife ranging from tree-squirrels to African elephants and includes a dedicated rhino protection programme and sanctuary.

 

Louise Joubert of Sanwild. Photo supplied by The Enviropaedia

Louise Joubert of Sanwild. Photo supplied by The Enviropaedia

What are the Eco-Logic Awards Categories?

  1. The Water Conservation Award – for a product or service that results in Water saving.
  2. The Energy Saving Award – for a product or service that results in Energy saving.
  3. The Transport Award – for a product or service that reduces environmental impact in Transport.
  4. The Recycling Award – for a policy, programme or project that has demonstrably contributed to a greater public understanding and participation in waste reduction, re-use and recycling.
  5. The Biodiversity Award – awarded to an organisation for a successful biodiversity protection, rehabilitation or damage mitigation programme.
  6. The Climate Change Award – awarded to an organisation that has achieved a substantial reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions.
  7. The Municipalities Award – awarded to a municipality that has achieved developing solutions using its risk assessment and management expertise, forming strategic partnerships to improve sustainability, as well as service delivery in municipal functions
  8. The Youth Award – for an individual of 26 years or under who can show that their actions have protected, preserved or improved the Earths eco-systems and natural resources.
  9. The Eco-Angel Award – for an individual, whose actions have conserved, nurtured or restored the Earths life forms, eco-systems or natural resources.
  10. The Eco-Warrior Award – for an individual, whose actions have defended, protected or prevented damage to the Earths life forms, eco-systems or natural resources.
  11. The Eco-Innovation Award – for a new product or service that is financially viable and sustainable, that serves the needs of humans whilst being equally beneficial to the Earth and its eco-systems.
  12. Eco-Community Award – for a community that have acted collectively to protect, preserve or restore the Earths life forms, eco-systems or natural resources
  13. The Lifetime achievement Award – for an individual that has served the interests of Social and Environmental Sustainability – for a period of 15 years or more.

 

 

The finalists for the 2013 Eco-Logic Awards are:

 

Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Rand Water) finalists:

City of Cape Town

Eco Pools

Ekurhuleni Municipality

Hotel Verde

Water Conservation Systems

 

Energy Saving Award (sponsored by SMA Solar Technology South Africa) finalists:

Hotel Verde

National Business Initiative (NBI)

Pick n Pay

Riso

Smart Solar – Coolerado

 

Recycling Award (sponsored by Collect-a-Can) finalists:

EcoPack

Earth Probiotic

Green Office

Paarl Media

REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative South Africa

 

Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Exxaro) finalists:

Delheim Wines

Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)

The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre

SANCCOB

Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA)

 

Climate Change Award (sponsored by Paarl Media) finalists:

50/50

Coca Cola SA

Ekurhuleni Municipality

Pick n Pay

Unilever

 

Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam) finalists:

Ekurhuleni Municipality

EThekwini Municipality

George Municipality

Jeffares & Green / City of Cape Town

Pinnacle Conservation / Mossel Bay Municipality

 

Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay) finalists:

Birches Pre-Primary Eco School

Bodado Production & Projects

City of Cape Town

Generation Earth and St. John’s College

Uvuyo Trading

 

Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by ACSA) finalists:

Johnathan Grieve – Avondale Wine Estate

Catherine Constantinides – Generation Earth

Mary Honeybun – Breadtags for Wheelchairs

Margaret Roestorf – SANCCOB

Louise Joubert – SanWild

 

Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by RISO) finalists:

Jeunesse Park – Food & Trees for Africa

Ella Bella – Generation Earth

Lorraine Jenks – Hotelstuff/Greenstuff

Ray Chaplin – Plastics SA’s Berg2Beach Campaign

Riaan Manser – Adventurer and motivational Speaker

 

Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by Standard Bank) finalists:

5Star Stoves

Coca Cola SA

Era Architects

Hemporium

Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA)

 

Eco-Community Award (sponsored by SABC3) finalists:

Pinnacle Conservation

Thorntree Conservancy

Usizo Thuso Community Centre

The Vineyard Hotel & Spa

WESSA Eco-Schools Programme

 

Transport Award (Sponsored by Toyota) finalists:

Endangered Wildlife Trust

FindaLift

Green Cab

SEED

Standard Bank Eco-Fleet

 

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See also

http://scenicsouth.co.za//2011/12/the-enviropaedia-and-an-eco-logical-future/

http://scenicsouth.co.za//2012/10/eco-logic-and-blue-economy-thinking/

http://scenicsouth.co.za//2012/01/bread-tags-for-wheelchairs-south-peninsula-schools-can-help/

More about Mary Honeybun of Noordhoek in the Scenic South

Mary started up with her project in October 2006 and to date has provided 400 ‘appliances’, as she refers to the above. The seeds for the project grew out of her grandchildren collecting bread tags to take to school to fund guide dogs for the blind. She heard nothing more of this project and, a few years later, once she had more time, she started investigating the feasibility of re-using breadtags. The idea of selling them to fund wheelchairs came to her when she by chance became aware of the incredible need for wheelchairs. “It was the hand of the Lord on me”, says Mary. With no background experience in marketing or how to source wheelchairs, two and a half years later she was able to supply her first wheelchair – to a patient of False Bay Hopsital.

Mary, who does not have email, sources the wheelchairs, sorts the breadtags which come from contributors from as far afield as Canada and Australia, and stores them at her house until they are collected by volunteers who get them to the Johannesburg area

When Mary was able to get around more easily, she used to give talks at schools, Girl Guides and other organisations such as the U3A to encourage the collection of breadtags, which are made of high quality polystyrene that can be recycled over and over again. The tags are reprocessed with other polystyrene products to make `ingots’ which are sent to specific companies who make new products e.g. picture frames, skirtings, cornices, seedling trays, coat hangers. She sorts the breadtags at her home- they have to be clean and have no foreign matter accompanying them – and corresponds with the manufacturers, importers and collectors and recipients of the wheelchairs – each person who sends in breadtags gets a phone call, sms or letter of thanks. Her spare bathroom is used to store the unsorted tags (“Sometimes the tub is full!”) and her covered pool area for the big black bags of sorted tags, of which there are 20 to 25 bags a month.

In the first five months of this year she collected ½ ton of tags a month.  In 2012 she collected five tons of tags. This year so far she has collected three tons. 200kgs of tags purchases one wheelchair. Mary is assisted with the sorting by “three staunch helpers.” Her 90 year old friend has just ‘resigned’ from the “very monotonous and boring task”, as she is very busy with activities at her retirement village!

Mary has involved all the schools in the area (Southern Peninsula) in the project and has numerous shops acting as depots for the tags.

 

Mary Honeybun sorting breadtags in her home. Photo: Viv of the Scenic South

Mary Honeybun sorting breadtags in her home. Photo: Viv of the Scenic South