Veges Grow Up Green Walls

Vegetable and herb gardens are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and become more self-sufficient as well as sustainable.

They’re also no longer the domain of those with large properties, backyards or even courtyards- they can be grown up, not just outwards.

Green walls can be decorative as well as useful and edible and they can be grown in small or difficult-to-use spaces.

Edible walls are popular in Singapore, New York and the UK, where they can grow enough produce to feed hundreds of people.

These green, vertical walls are also becoming popular on television reality shows including My House Rules and The Block, which have demonstrated their usefulness.

University of Technology, Sydney post-graduate researcher at their Institute for Sustainable Futures Judith Friedlander said these walls meant there were no longer any excuses not to garden.

UTS researchers have found that these green walls make cities more habitable and more human by being able to grow your own produce.

They’re also good for greening our cities, becoming more sustainable and reducing carbon footprint by becoming less reliant on store-bought produce.

As they become more popular, they’re also quickly becoming design statements, and increase the  environmental friendliness of any building.

Less Food, Less Waste and Waist and More Sustainable

The amount of food that is wasted in the hospitality industry is alarming. Food wastage also goes against plenty of principles of sustainability, so a restaurant in Dubai is charging diners for their food by weight. They’re encouraging other countries to adopt their model.

Owners of the restaurant, Gramo, want to raise awareness of sustainability issues and promote eating in moderation in the UAE.

This is not a new concept, with the Halfsies project, and others like it, getting foodies to think about how much they are eating and take into account how much food they are wasting.

At Gramo, created by Lootah Hotel Management, patrons choose from either a la carte service or the pay-by-weight buffet. This sets it apart from all other ‘all you can eat’ restaurants as diners have to be more selective about what they choose and how much they select so they don’t pay for food they don’t eat. Therefore, they waste less and possibly eat less. This idea is being encouraged in other countries as the issue of food waste and obesity increases.

Lootah CEO Nasser Saeed Lootah said they wanted Gramo to offer a real taste of Arabic cuisine, but be mindful of the waste the hospitality can create, and manage it in a sustainable manner.


Adelaide- Most Liveable

The people have spoken, and if governments want their capital cities rated highly for liveability, they need to work on housing affordability, fair property taxes, keeping infrastructure on par with demand and have good urban planning and management of growth.

For the third consecutive year, Adelaide has been voted Australia’s most liveable city according to a Property Council of Australia survey of residents’ views.

The results from My City: The People’s Verdict has Adelaide as the winner, followed by Canberra.

At the other end of the scale, Darwin ranks last, just above Australia’s most populous city, Sydney.

Perth, however, saw the biggest decline from fourth to third last and Newcastle and Hobart watched their liveability scores rise.

The survey, by Auspoll for the Property Council, included the opinions of 5843 residents of all capital cities as well as Newcastle, Wollongong and Geelong.

“Australians know what makes a city great and they continue to rate our cities poorly in housing affordability, environmental sustainability, congestion and public transport,” Property Council chief executive Peter Verwer said.

“These results should be a wake up call for governments to lift the performance of our cities.”

Liveable cities rate highly in outdoor recreation spaces, natural environments, school and educational facilities and a vibrant cultural scene and good climate.

In terms of sustainability and climate change, though, Australians were less than impressed with their cities.

They also ranked their cities poorly in public transport, quality, affordable housing and roads and traffic congestion.

Mr Verwer said political parties needed to look at the results of the survey, to ensure their policies aligned with the growing problems in the country’s major cities.