Vuvuzelas: because what else is there to blog about today?

by EcoStreet on June 11, 2010

in EcoArt, EcoSounds

photo credit Jennifer Stern

I woke up to the sounds of vuvuzelas blowing this morning. Cape Town has reached fever pitch. Today is the start of the FIFA World Cup 2010. Flags are flying. There’s something in the air. It even feels like summer today, even though it’s winter here. The sun is shining, and it’s pretty warm. It’s a perfect day.

I’m no football/soccer fan. But there are some in my family who are quite keen, and have their own vuvuzelas that they’ll be taking along to watch the opening match in Cape Town tonight (France vs. Uruguay). I’ve got them each a pair of earplugs to take along after all the warnings of hearing damage from vuvu-blasts that have been all over the radio and newspapers lately.

My plan is to have a quiet evening in with my 6 year old daughter, with one eye on the  South Africa vs. Mexico match playing in Jozi on the box. There’ll be no vuvuzelas in my living room!

But what has this all got to do with the green lifestyle? Why am I blogging about cheap plastic noise makers that are probably made in China, using virgin oil, and shipped here? Because, there are better, greener, and definitely more beautiful options available, and you should absolutely know about them.

K.E.L.P Vuvus (see above images)

K.E.L.P. stands for the Kelp Environmental Learning Project.   It was founded by a chap called Adam Carnegie who’s made it his mission to get a more eco-friendly vuvuzela on the market, exploring creativity, job creation, social responsibility and environmental education in the process.   Each K.E.L.P. vuvu is a true work of art.   Check them out here.

Obsidian Glass’s Vuvu Africa

Made of 100% recycled glass, here are more vuvuzelas that can be considered works of art.  They also sound far more beautiful than the elephant fart plastic variety.   And if you’re thinking that glass can’t be a good idea for a vuvu, just incase you break it, you needn’t worry about that, because they come in a gorgeous handmade beaded carrying case.  See them here.

And that concludes my eco-friendly vuvu report, but if you know of any more out there, please leave a comment.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Fair Trade Products June 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm

K.E.L.P. – great work; great organisation – thank you for sharing.


Fermin Beltran June 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm

It will be interesting to see if FIFA & the South African organizers are planning to do something to reduce the amount of trashed ‘Vuvuzelas’ that are likely to accumulate after the World Cup. Not to mention the thousand of horns of particular countries’ colours that will remain unused once teams start getting eliminated…! A mini eco-disaster waiting to happen?
Good post, Thanks.


Michael June 24, 2010 at 9:11 am

It is also the sound and look of the K.E.L.P. Vuvuzelas what makes the differnce… our customers love the K.E.L.P. Vuvuzela.


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