Welcome to the Ecobaobab resources pages. We try to cover key topics in sustainable living, giving examples as well as explorations.
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  where does EcoBaobab come from 


earth, umhlaba, terra, gaia, le monde, aarde, dunia all conjure the visceral feeling of belonging, home, and the need to return some of the wealth of nature back from whence it has been gathered. Modern cities and modern lives have increasingly disconnected people from the earth though, so we are dedicated to finding those ways that people can start to rejoin the source of life, and rejoice in sowing as well as reaping; caring as well as enjoying; and being custodians as well as beneficiaries.
Although we are a company rooted in Africa, we seek the change for all of the world and all of the people that live on it.
The baobab is one of the ultimately well adapted trees of Africa, rising majestically over the plains, providing refuge and succor, no matter the season; to this we bring our belief in ecologically sustainable practices for (human) people, and we hope we have the ultimate departure point for living alongside the planet - living lightly.


  resources and reference  

In the ENERGY section
we look at the opportunities for, and trends in alternative energy. We view our energy needs in a number of broad areas, although the quantum of needs obviously varies drastically from domestic to industrial environments. We consider energy usage for lighting, heating, cooling, appliances and processing, as well as investigating the details of production, storage and distribution. We look at all the arcane terms and pieces of the puzzle from panels to controllers, invertors, batteries and feedback protection.

In the WATER section
we look at how we can make the best use of limited supplies of water, reusing multiple times, local filtering and purifying, and ensuring the best use with no wastage. We can harvest rain, as well as cycle nutrient rich water for aquaponic cultivaton.

In the EARTH section
we look at opportunities for serving human needs with a view to managing our effects upon the planet. The power of global economics is generally a force opposed to perfectly balanced ecological practices, but each lightening of the burden that we as individuals can pursue, is an assistance. More practically though, purchasing organic products helps, having our own high-density inner-city gardens contributes to food supply as well as beautification, and air renewal - urban forestry. On an individual level we need to look at recycling our own waste, recomposting organic output, and sharing our own produce.

In the CONVERSIONS section
we look at adding insulation to homes to save on energy use. We can insulate pipes, walls, ceilings, and double glaze windows. One of the most exciting potential developments is the creation of solar panels that are clear enough to function as windows.

In the BUILDING section
we look at methods of making buildings more energy efficient, and liveable for people. This section focusses on building better from scratch, but the CONVERSIONS section has acheivable options for individuals.

In the ORGANICS section
we look at growing and cultivating things. There is some informaiton on seeds, heritage seeds, seed banks. We also try to share some information about techniques in composting and recycling on a larger scale than in the terra section commercial scale food waste

In the URBAN SPACES section
we look at some appealing vertical gardening options for practical and aesthetic use, some of the trends in urban food that we come across..


Introduction

Energy

Water

Earth

Building

Standards & Organisaitons

Cultivation

Organics

Urban Spaces

Conversions