This year’s event theme was “saving water” and stallholders displayed various innovative water-saving devices such as low-flow shower heads, tap aerators and compost toilets.
Solar devices ranged from various lights to phone chargers and even solar pool cleaners, while the array of earth-friendly goods included everything from cleaning products, natural sun block and other body care products to recycled furniture, green fire starters, eco-friendly glitter and electric scooters.
Even biodegradable cutlery and crockery, featuring compostable straws, were available for planet-friendly consumers.
The highlight of the day was the Planet Warrior’s Children’s Festival, held on the Solar stage, which was framed with trees by Earthworx.
Pupils from various primary schools in Hout Bay modelled their outfits in the eco fashion show, where celebrated local former model and photographer Josie Borain declared Zanozuko Siswana, from Disa Primary School, the winner, after he wowed the crowd in a warrior outfit made from old CDs.
Zanozuko won a trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium for himself and his team.
The talent contest was equally exciting, with Llandudno Primary’s Shannon Spooner delighting the crowd with her rendition of Adele’s Someone like you, beautifully delivered while playing the guitar.
Judge Ard Matthews, himself a famed local musician, felt she deserved the winner’s prize of an afternoon in a professional recording studio.
The Trash to Treasure Market was another source of fun and inspiration, with the children selling all sorts of goods they had created from waste.
Another regular highlight of the Green Faire is its inspiring and informative talks. Since last year, TEDx Cape Town has participated, and this year hosted talks on South Africa’s nuclear status, water issues and an update on hemp legislation by Tony Budden. A water blessing was conducted by compère Lauren Hofmeyer at midday, with crystals, donated by Rock Chic, handed out to be placed in the rivers and sea to encourage positive energy transmission to the waters.