By Khanyi Xulu – Genuine Media*
DURBAN, Dec 5 – (TerraViva) Among the many items on display in the exhibition halls of the COP17 is something that has been around for ages and remains as useful as it was when it was first introduced.
The “wonderbag” is a simple low-tech solution to our energy needs. At COP17 everyone is being introduced to how the bag can slowly cook food until it is ready to eat. How? Warm your pot on the stove. Then, put it in this blanket bag filled with polystyrene and allow it to continue cooking.
This bag of wonders can be washed – by hand or machine – without any difficulties.
Patrick Dumisa from the Natural Balance Company which makes the bags says its advantages include that you save electricity. In addition, the food is cooked in a way that retains vitamins.
* Community media coverage of COP 17 is being supported by the Media Development & Diversity Agency of South Africa, which is promoting the participation of local journalists through a programme of training and reporting on climate change.