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Wait! World WHAT Bike Ride? World NAKED Bike Ride. No! Say that again…Naked?

Yes, this is in fact called the World Naked Bike Ride.

Because our nudity represents the indecent exposure of pollution, and destruction to planet Earth and its inhabitants including ourselves.

It also represents the vulnerability that cyclists face with dangerous drivers and unsafe roads.

This event reminds us of the fundamental freedoms we used to enjoy long ago but have collectively handed over to authorities, without moral thought, questioning or thinking of the consequences.

It provokes thought into why are we so ashamed of our bodies. What makes the human naked form so controversial?

Why don’t we clothe animals from indecent exposure? What is indecent about exposure? Where did the idea that nudity is indecent come from?

Does this indecency apply to all humans? Is it fair to force our religious views on others? Is my opinion indecent?

If exposing a naked human was indecent, surely staff in the medical industry would suffer? It’s a thought process we encourage many people to delve into. Keep asking: “But why?”

Remember that if everyone was the same, it would be unhealthy and stagnant – think Nazi Aryan race. Biodiversity creates survival and an opportunity of learning and growth. It’s a fundamental part of nature.

So, now that we got the awkward and shocking nudity part out the way. we can now tell you all about The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) because it’s about so much more.

First of all, the dress code is ‘Bare as you Dare’. That means you decide how to present yourself and you can wear as much or as little as you like. This ride is not discriminatory.

The WNBR strongly encourages art. Decorated bicycles and bodies are what really grab attention. Clear and concise messages against fossil fuel dependency to inspire thought is recommended.

The ride was initially started by a South African, Conrad Schmidt, who lives in Vancouver. It was to protest against fuel dependency and celebrate the power and individuality of the human body. Conrad organised the Artists For Peace/Artists Against War (AFP/AAW) naked rides before organising the first World Naked Bike Ride.

The first WNBR was organised in 2004 and was a collaboration between the WNBR group and Manifestación Ciclonudista in Spain. Since then, it has evolved into cycling advocacy. Actually, I wish it was that simple but that is the general picture. The reasons why people take part in the global event are as diverse as the people themselves.


  • Car emissions
  • Air and sea pollution from the oil industry
  • Aggressive car culture
  • Deaths from motor vehicles and bicycle collisions
  • Plastic pollution – a by-product of the oil industry
  • War fueled by greed of the oil industry
  • Traffic congestion and noise pollution caused by motor vehicles
  • Climate change and global warming – a result of our dependency on oil
  • Human extinction from melting ice caps and global warming
  • Cruelty to animals e.g. starving polar bears, animals that have died in oil spills, penguin colonies under threat and 600 species going extinct every day
  • Body shame
  • Forceful oppression to conform to one culture or one religion

Participants not only ride against the issues above but they ride FOR many reasons too. They ride for:

  • Safer cycling streets
  • Cleaner air
  • Human powered transport
  • Renewable energy
  • Recreation
  • Free parking
  • Sense of community
  • Freedom
  • Biodiversity of cultures and beliefs
  • Positive body image
  • Respect for natural beauty
  • Self empowerment
  • Walk-able communities
  • Being environmentally responsible
  • Sustainable and regenerative solutions
  • Living in tune with nature and not against it
On the 10th of March, Cape Tonians, Australians, Brazilians, Perubians and more cyclists in the Southern Hemisphere will be taking to the streets on their bicycles for this global event. Northern hemisphere cyclists take part in June. Participants will be meeting and riding together en masse on human-powered transport (the vast majority on bicycles, but some on skateboards and inline skates), to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world.

Meeting time is at 9am to ride at 9:30am sharp.

Dress Code: Creative expression is encouraged to generate a fun and immersive atmosphere during the ride, capture the attention and imagination of the public and media, and make the experience more personalized and fulfilling for the riders.


Start at 10 Darling Street Parking at 24 Kaizersgracht Road.
Turn left into Darling
Turn right into Adderly Street
Continue into Heerengracht
Turn left into Walter Sisulu
Turnleft into Lower Long Street
Continue into Long Street
Turn left into Wale Street
Turn left itno Adderly
Turn right into Darling and finish where we started

We apologise for the change of route yet again. After a meeting with the city and various representatives from traffic and SAPS, it was decided that this new route would be better to ensure safety of all the cyclists. Law Enforcement have said that we cannot attend the Cape Town Unites for Animals March on a bicycle You will need to lock up your bike to attend the march afterwards.


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The Environmental Toothbrush features a bamboo handle which is 100% biodegradable. The bamboo is heat treated to carbonise the surface of the bamboo, giving it a quality finish and good service life. The carbonisation process provides water resistance and prevents the growth of microbes (bacteria and moulds) during normal use. The bristles are made from a polymer, resistant to microbial growth during normal use, to ensure safety and durability.

The are hundreds of choices we make each day that impact the environment. Sometimes it’s a big decision… sometimes it’s as small as changing your toothbrush.

Invented by a Brisbane dentist, The Environmental Toothbrush was a simple solution to some 30 million toothbrushes ending up in Australian landfill every year.

Made from bamboo, these toothbrushes are biodegradable, environmentally sustainable, and do not pollute the environment. The amazing growth and self-renewing ability of bamboo means that deforestation is not necessary either. Even the packaging is bio-degradable.

These toothbrushes is BPA FREE and FAIR TRADED and VEGAN FRIENDLY. For best results, rinse and dry your toothbrush after use to keep it clean. The Environmental Toothbrush can be disposed of safely by returning it to earth in compost or landfill. Both the bamboo and bristles will biodegrade into soil in 6 months to 2 years.

Why? Simple. There are over 7 billion people in the world, most of which brush their teeth with a typical plastic toothbrush. What is overlooked, however, is that most of these people go through several toothbrushes a year, equaling an incredible amount of waste in our oceans and landfills.

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. Because it contains naturally-occurring antimicrobial agents, there is no need for using fertilizers or pesticides during its cultivation.

These eco friendly brushes are now available in 3 styles including: Soft Bristle, Medium bristle and a Soft bristle toothbrush for children.
To purchase your bamboo toothbrush for a very affordable R45, click here

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Succulent and savoury.

Serves 4

1 tsp salt
8 baby aubergines, quartered length ways
3 tbsp gram (chickpea) flour
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
Handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
3 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
3 tsp brown sugar
Rub ½ tsp salt into the aubergines and leave them to drain in a colander for 30 minutes.

Put the chickpea flour, cumin seeds and coriander seeds into a heavy frying pan and toast on a medium heat until the seeds pop and the flour becomes darker. Scoop out into a pestle and mortar and roughly crush the seeds. Add the ginger, garlic, cayenne, paprika, fresh coriander, ½ tsp salt and bash into a thick, sticky paste.

Pat the aubergines dry with kitchen paper, then rub the paste into them.

Put the oil in a large frying pan. When it is hot add the aubergines and begin to fry, browning them on all sides for 3 or 4 minutes. Add 3 tbsp water. Pop a lid on the pan and leave to simmer for around 15 minutes.

Whisk the lemon and sugar together and pour over the aubergines. Continue to cook for a few minutes, turning them once, until there is a thick sauce and the aubergines are almost falling apart. Serve warm, topped with chopped coriander.

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Six years ago, sitting behind a computer of a construction company, I realised I needed to do more with my life. I no longer wanted keep financial records of wealthy individuals and businesses but make an impact on positive environmental change. I knew life on our planet was under threat and I felt powerless in my position at that time. 

The first time I ever heard of Greenpeace was when I stumbled upon their website and immediately, I felt that connection of wanting to know more. Deep down, I knew that this was where I belonged and by helping this organisation, my life would have some sort of meaningful purpose. I romanticised with the bravery and action of Greenpeace’s ships’ crew but sadly, they would not have a need for my average accounting skills on board.

I signed up as a volunteer regardless, and did my first few hours of volunteer work when the new Rainbow Warrior docked in Cape Town harbour.

I was like a child at a candy store, overwhelmed by the ship’s tall A-frame mast and multitudes of apparatus on the bridge. We, the volunteers, were educated about the ship and guided visitors on tours to view the vessel. I will never forget that day and the impact that it made on my life.

Fast forward to February 2018, Cape Town volunteers were asked to  take photos with a model penguin who was on its journey from the Antarctic to various cities around the globe. My fellow volunteer, who I attended my first climbing course with, picked me up to seek places in Cape Town that were obviously local. We started at Parliament, a place well known to almost every South African. Our first pictures featured the colourful and unique South African flag flying in the background.

We then headed for the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. We were somewhat apprehensive about the venue because of it’s bustling commercialism but once we arrived, we were presented with marvelous photo opportunities and soon we were clicking away at almost every angle. We wanted our Table Mountain in the some of the shots and to deliver some diversity for flavour.

Our large penguin attracted some attention from tourists and general public. So, like me, you are probably asking yourself, ‘What is the big deal with the penguin?’ Good question!

A good place to start is the type of penguin we were photographing. Our model is the King Penguin which breeds in sub antarctic islands at the northern reaches of  The Antarctic. The Antarctic is a polar region encompassing the continent Antarctica and surrounding islands on the Antarctic Plate. The Antarctic is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on our planet ,with even less rainfall than the Saharan Desert. This makes the wild life there extremophiles which means that these forms of life survive extreme conditions that would be detrimental to most life on Earth.

The ecosystems there are extremely sensitive to outside conditions as this continent is surrounded by water and isolated from the rest of the world. This amazing area is a biological carbon pump that regulates climate and carbon uptake. Healthy oceans soak up carbon dioxide and help us tackle climate change.

It’s a no brainer that we should endeavour to keep activity in this area to a minimum. The Antarctic hosts many scientific research stations that record data for various sciences and have made extraordinary discoveries that have changed how we see our planet. These discoveries have been influential in protecting ecosystems in the Southern Ocean, regulating fishing, and banning ozone depleting chemicals.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean are facing some challenges such as krill fishing and ecotourism. Krill is a keystone species which means that it has a disproportionately large effect on its environment relative to it’s abundance. Many fish feed on krill and these fish are food sources for other animals namely our model King Penguin.

King Penguins breed on ice free islands around the Antarctic. Their chicks have a thin covering of down and rely solely on their parents for warmth and food. The central Antarctic region would be too cold for these chicks to survive. Global warming is affecting the temperature of the oceans and the fish that these penguins rely on, will swim further south in search for cooler water. This puts over one million King Penguins at risk.

Females swim out into the ocean in search for food for their chicks. Due the temperature of the warming Southern Ocean, scientists are projecting that mothers will have to swim hundreds of kilometers north in search for food. The food that they bring back for their chicks, may not sustain long enough for their return home.

Greenpeace have launched their Antarctic campaign in order to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was established in 1982 by an international convention to conserve Antarctic Marine Life. This commission has 25 members and South Africa is one of them. Dr Monde Mayekiso, a South African, is in the chair position of the commission.

In October 2017, the CCAMLR were unsuccessful in agreeing to provide strong marine protection in the East Antarctic. We have seven months to make an impact and create the largest protected marine area on Earth. Greenpeace is campaigning to protect 1.8 million square meters in the Weddell Sea. The proposal has been submitted by the European Union and is backed up by Germany and will be considered when the CCAMLR covenes again in October this year.

This experience of The March of the Penguins and photographing our model King Penguin has been an educational experience to learn more about our diverse planet and it’s complex systems. For me, the King Penguin symbolizes a species threatened by our activities and that like the King Penguin chick is dependent on it’s mother’s catch for survival, so is the species dependent on us to conserve the Southern Ocean and Antarctica from exploitation. 


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Unicorn Cafe Business Update March 2018

Hello Unicorns!

I hope you had an enlightening February. There are so many wonderful events that have been happening to promote sustainable and regenerative living. People are starting to realise that it’s up to us to make a difference and that if we rely on authoritative entities, we may face catastrophic results to our end.  I hope the pot of environmentally friendly ideas and change keep on bubbling to produce a new generation of eco-conscious people.

We have a lot to share with you in our March newsletter. The month named after Mars, the God of War. War isn’t a pleasant thing, but for me, Mars symbolises standing up for what we believe in and facing the corporate giants that are causing endless destruction to our planet. Two massive protests are taking place this month:

The World Naked Bike Ride and
Cape Town Unites for Animal March

We will tell you a bit more about them below. Did you know that Mars, the Roman God of War, was also believed to be the guardian of agriculture? Considering it was the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere, this makes sense. Autumn has it’s place in growing food too and we will share some handy gardening tips in our gardening section below.

We highlighted meditation last month and I found myself doing many meditative tasks such as harvesting sunflower and rocket seeds. These types of tasks allow us to breath and reflect and have time for thought. I find them almost revitalising.

I wish you strength, perseverance and courage for March.

Challenging the destructive forces,
The Unicorn Cafe Team.

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Gardening Tips for February

February is the time to plant :

– Beans – Dwarf/Bush/French seeds
– Basil 
– Beetroot seeds
– Broccoli seedlings
– Brussels Sprouts seeds
– Cabbage seeds
– Carrot seeds
– Cauliflower seeds
– Celeriac seeds
– Celery seeds
– Chilli/Hot Peppers seeds
– Chinese Cabbage seeds
– Chives seeds
– Coriander seeds
– Dill seeds
– Endive seeds
– French Tarragon seeds
– Garlic
– Globe Artichoke seedlings
– Kohlrabi seeds
– Leek seeds
– Lemon Balm seedlings
– Mint seeds
– Mustard Greens seeds
– Okra seeds
– Onion seeds
– Oregano seeds
– Parsley seeds
– Potatoes
– Rocket seeds
– Rosemary seedlings
– Sage seedlings
– Shallot seedlings
– Spring Onion seeds
– Sunflower seeds
– Sweet Marjorum seeds
– Watermelon seeds

Watering will be necessary in February for those with rain tanks, sky/air wells and purchased water. For those who have harvested water or are not under water restrictions, water before late afternoon so the plants can dry off quickly. This will assist in controlling serious diseases. 

When perennial herbs approach full flower, they can be cut back by half their height and the removed cuttings can be dried by bunching it loosely and hanging it up, out of the sun, in a dry and well ventilated place.

Adding organic matter such as vermicast, mulch and compost will help retain moisture in the soil. This will assist plants which cannot be watered or watered sparingly.

We strongly recommend investing in an eco toilet before day zero arrives in Cape Town. This way, you will not need grey water to flush your toilets and your grey water can be diverted into the garden using mulch pits. Eco toilet contents can be composted to provide more organic matter to be incorporated into the garden.

The A – Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa by Jack