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Competitions

  • Grow with us this Spring

    Spring has Sprung at Sustainable.co.za and we are celebrating in style this year.  To kick off for Arbor Week we have challenged our team to grow their own Bonsai Trees (from seed nogal). Indigenous trees only, of course, including the African Baobab, the Wisteria and the White Stinkwood Tree. Keep a close eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Can we just mention that we love trees? If you are interested in planting something yourself, contact Seeds for Africa, a really great website with a wide range of options. If you are not much of a gardener, why not donate some trees at GreenPop? Every bit counts.

    A Little Something Extra

    We love Spring and we love our customers, so we will be including a little extra something in our parcels this season. Let us know if you receive one by sending a picture to our Facebook Page. We would love to know what you think!

    Save Water this Spring

    If you are in the Cape, you will be aware that we haven't had enough rain to fill our dams. With Summer fast approaching, let's make a concerted effort to save our water. In fact, everyone should make a concerted effort to save water as it is a valuable resource and very noticeable when it is not readily available. Check out our previous blog about Water Saving here. We have made an effort to source good quality products and a wide range of options for your convenience. Check them out here. My personal favourite is the Water Pebble. We have had so many enquiries about shower timers that we have kept our eyes open for a good quality solution and here it is. We will be extending our Free Delivery campaign in Cape Town so ordering from us has become a lot more convenient.

    Now's the Time to Invest

    Of course, with the days getting longer and the sun out in full force, what is better than investing in solar? Replace your outdoor lights with our amazing range of  ambient Solar Lights that not only light up the garden but create a great atmosphere. Check out the range here. We are also pleased to announce that we will be running an amazing Spring Special on our complete range of Blue Nova Lithium Ion batteries. With a warranty of 10 years, it's a great time to invest. We will also be running specials on a wide range of products to get you into the swing of Spring so have a look.

    Heritage Day

    And last but not least, we will be celebrating Heritage Day or Braai Day with an exciting giveaway. You will stand a chance to win one of three prizes made up of the following must-have products. A 5Kg Box of Ecologs and a pack of Eco Fire Lighters. These have been a firm favourite in our office this Winter. They produce little to no smell and the coals remain hotter for longer. We have also added a Solar Buddy for night time braais AND a Kitchen Tap Aerator to reduce water usage when preparing the food. Keep an eye on our Social Media Pages and enter the giveaway here.

    Hope Springs Eternal

    Budding green leaves, colourful flowers, a fresh chill in the air, longer days and baby animals everywhere, bring about renewed hope for all. Keep fighting the good fight. Green is a lifestyle not a colour.

  • Festive Eco-Challenge with Sustainable.co.za (Closed)

    festive-eco-870-300This year, we want to give back to you to say thank you for your loyal support. Join us in our weekly Festive Eco Challenge and you could be walking away with a product of your choice. Make your festive season just that little more special this year with your very own eco-gift. Continue reading

  • Win a State of the Art Mooni Solar Lantern

    To celebrate the adoption of green living and sustainable energy in South Africa, Sustainable.co.za is giving away a Take Me Solar Lantern by Mooni to one lucky winner.

    To enter the #GreenMzansi competition, simply snap a picture of any green living activity or green technology that you spot around your neighbourhood, workplace or school. The photo may be of friends recycling, or your home’s veggie patch, other ideas include: solar panels, wind turbines, solar lanterns, solar chargers, solar heaters, eco cookers, LED lights, etc – the possibilities are up to your imagination. Then, with the #GreenMzansi hashtag, share your photo on our Facebook wall or tweet it. You may enter as many times as you like and on any of the specified platforms.

    #GreenMzansi Competition

    The competition runs from Friday, 19 September 2014, to Sunday, 28 September 2014.

    About the prize

    Valued at R508.00, the Take Me Solar Lantern is an easy to use product that creates a wonderful ambiance throughout the seasons. This lovely lantern can be carried anywhere, from romantic walks on the beach to night picnics or summer garden parties, outdoor camping and more.

    Mooni Solar Lantern

    Features:

    - Has a USB socket for charging devices such as iPhones
    - Touch screen
    - On/off switch

    Specifications & Dimensions:

    - Colour: Orange
    - 33cm (H) x 18cm (L) x 19cm (W)

    *please note dimensions are packaging dimensions and not the actual light dimensions

    Competition Terms & Conditions

    • This competition is run by Sustainable.co.za.
    • By entering this competition, you agree to the rules set out below.
    • The competition is not open to: (a) Directors, members, partners, agents, employees or consultants of the Sustainable.co.za, or any supplier of goods or services in connection with the competition and (b) Spouses, life partners, business partners or associates, or the natural or adopted parents, children, or siblings, of any of the persons specified above.
    • The competition is open to all South African citizens and permanent residents of the age of 18 years or older.
    • The competition commences on 19 September 2014 and closes on 28 September 2014.
    • The competition prize is a Take Me Mooni Solar Lantern.
    • Winners will be announced on the Sustainable.co.za Facebook and Twitter pages on Monday, 29 September 2014.
    • The winners will be chosen randomly by a number generator and notified on Facebook and Twitter. Arrangements will be made for the delivery of the prize after contact has been made with the winner.
    • To enter the competition, each participant must either share a photo to Sustainable.co.za Facebook page with the #GreenMzansi hashtag or tweet his/ her photo with #GreenMzansi. Multiple entries are allowed.
    • Failure to respond to the Facebook message/post by email or phone by Tuesday 30 September 2014 will result in the prize being forfeited and an alternative winner being chosen.
    • The prize is not transferable. No substitution, cash redemption or assignment of prize is permitted. But the organisers of the competition reserve the right to substitute the prize with one of comparable value for any reason.
    • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • Winners agree to the disclosure of their identity on Facebook and any other publication selected by Sustainable.co.za.

     

  • Waterkloof Wine Estate: Sustainable Farming

    Waterkloof Wine Estate is tucked away in the hills of Somerset West in the Western Cape. Known for its beautiful wines and award winning restaurant, their lesser known feature is the extent of their sustainable farming program. Every aspect of production is included in their sustainability programme from their bio-dynamic vineyards to their ‘restaurant in the sky’, which also contributes to environmental protection.

    So how does a farm that uses absolutely no municipal water run? Apart from farming in strict accordance with moon rhythms and the lunar calendar, Waterkloof also focuses on the following areas:

    WATER

    Water: Waterkloof has it’s own spring that supplies the farm with water. The spring water is purified and used in the wine making process, for drinking, in the restaurant and for drip irrigation in the vineyards.

    ANIMALS

    Horses: Waterkloof uses numerous animals within its farming methods to help conserve the environment including Percheron horses. Well known for their “horse power”, each of the farm’s Percheron horses are able to cover up to 8 hectares (approximately 11 soccer fields) of the farm to plough, carry compost and containers of grapes. Six-strong horses plough, compost, spray and harvest the farm instead of tractors. The Percheron horses are also used to remove weeds from underneath the vines, keeping Waterkloof chemical free without damaging the root or soil systems.

    Sheep: The farm is home to a flock of Dorper sheep who are excellent weed controllers! Their droppings are also a rich source of nitrogen which feeds the soil. They are moved around every day and thus enrich the farm evenly.

    Cows: Waterkloof is home to numerous Jersey cattle. Their manure is used in biodynamic preparations.

    Birds: The farm’s chickens enjoy a life in chicken mobiles – moveable chicken houses – where they lay their organic eggs in the straw-filled nests. They are also free to run throughout the vines keeping the weevil population under control. Perches for birds of prey have also been installed in order to control the rodent population.

    Earthworms: Waterkloof created its own earthworm farm from old wine barrels and uses the earthworm tea in the vegetable and herb gardens.

    SYSTEMS

    Permaculture: Companion planting is employed in the Waterkloof vegetable garden. The plant beds are rotated every planting season. The veggies are used directly in the restaurant kitchen.

    Composting: The compost produced on the farm is vital in putting life back into the soil at Waterkloof. Bacterial and fungal orientated compost assists the vines with absorption of nutrients and helps with water retention in the soil.

    Waste: Even the organic waste products in the cellar and restaurant kitchen are composted.

    Clearing Foreign Plants: Approximately 45 hectares of Waterkloof have been cleared of alien invader species allowing indigenous plants to grown and thrive.

    Waterkloof took their eco efforts even further when they registered their conservation areas with Cape Nature as part of their voluntary Conservation Stewardship project. This allows the estate to measure the benefits associated with sustainable farming, energy and water ‘avoided costs’ and the impact of healthy soils, good water infiltration, enhanced productivity and pest control.

    In 2008 Waterkloof was one of ten estates to be awarded a BMI Champion status due to their proven track record of environmental responsibility.

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    WIN

    If you’d like to visit Waterkloof Wine Estate to experience the Biodynamic vineyard tour followed by a Healey cheese and Waterkloof Wine tasting, then either comment on the Waterkloof blog post picture, on the Sustainable.co.za Facebook page, about how sustainability interests you, or follow Sustainable.co.za on Twitter and retweet this post.

    Waterkloof Estate is located outside Somerset West on the M9 Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Road.

    Competition runs from Monday 30th of June to Wednesday 9th of July 2014. The winner will be announced by Friday the 11th of July.

  • Win Tickets to the Greenpop Platbos Reforest Fest!

    Camp in Africa’s southernmost indigenous forest and plant thousands of trees to restore the original abundance that is the Platbos Forest Reserve area. Work hard by day and play hard by night. With excellent live music and new friends to meet, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience at the Greenpop Reforest Fest.  The good news is that Sustainable.co.za is giving away two tickets to the Friends Fest to one lucky winner! All you need to do to enter the competition is to comment on our Facebook post, and tell us what your favourite tree is. You may also enter on Twitter by retweeting our competition tweet.

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    More about the event

    This year, Greenpop aims to plant between 6000 and 8000 trees over the stretch of two weekends, the Family Fest (9-11 May) and Friends Fest (16-18 May).  Platbos historically contained many species of trees, some dating 1000 years of age, with a unique mix of indigenous trees from coastal and mountainous regions. Unfortunately parts of Platbos have been cleared over the past few decades for cultivation and have also been taken over by invasive alien vegetation, which poses a serious fire risk to the forest, which has become endangered, and its ecosystem – you can make a difference through this worthy cause.

    What to expect at the Family Fest (9-11 May)

    The Family Fest is a weekend for the whole family with fun and educational activities for all ages. Participants may expect tree planting and forest dancing and enjoy an early night under the stars. There will also be great live music to enjoy including DJ Pure, Jamie Juipiter and Pat McKay (of Two Minute Puzzle) and Zoe and Vusa of Zula Sound Bar! In celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday there will be a special Mom's Tree Planting!   planting_trees1

    The Friends Fest (16-18 May)

    The Friends Fest will be held in a similar vein to the Family Fest, but with music and partying that will go on for much later on the Saturday night. All ages are welcome at both fests, but if you have dancing feet the Friends Fest is for you. The Friends Fest line-up includes Lemonella, Kimon, Simon van Gend, Zoe and Vusa, TouchWood, The Country Conquerors, Grassy Spark, and Bobzyouruncle. To make things even better all tickets include six delicious meals (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch). It's a camping weekend so bring along your tent. The event is a fairly intimate event and the forest is very precious therefore only 300 tickets per weekend have become available! For more information about the event details view the Facebook event.

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    View the video of last year’s event:

    Competition Terms and Conditions:

    • This competition is facilitated by Sustainable.co.za with the permission of Greenpop SA.
    •  By entering this competition, you agree to the rules set out below.
    • The competition is not open to: (a) Directors, members, partners, agents, employees or consultants of Sustainable.co.za or Greenpop SA, or any supplier of goods or services in connection with the event and (b) Spouses, life partners, business partners or associates, or the natural or adopted parents, children, or siblings, of any of the persons specified above.
    • The competition is open to all South African citizens and permanent residents of the age of 18 years or older.
    • The competition commences on 6th of May 2014 and closes on Friday, 12th of May at 12:00pm.
    • The competition prize includes two tickets to the second Greenpop Reforest Fest, the Friends Fest which will take place between the 16th and 18th of May. The tickets cannot be swopped for the Family Fest tickets.
    • To enter the competition via Twitter, participants must re-tweet the competition banner as posted by Sustainable.co.za
    • To enter this competition on Facebook, participants will be required to share their favourite tree species in the form of a comment.
    • The winners will be chosen randomly by a number generator and notified via social media.
    • The winner must be willing to provide their basic personal details for the event’s guest list to redeem the tickets.
    • Winners will be announced on the Sustainable.co.za blog on Friday the 12th of May 2014.
    • Failure to respond to the Facebook or Twitter message by Monday the 13th of May 2014 will result in the prize being forfeited and an alternative winner being chosen.
    • The prize is not transferable. No substitution, cash redemption or assignment of prize is permitted.
    • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • Winners agree to the disclosure of their identity on Facebook and any other publication selected by Sustainable.co.za and Greenpop SA.

     

     

  • Win a Green Home Hamper Worth Over R1000

    As a proud sponsor of the Cape Town Eco Film Festival, we’re celebrating the sustainable life and the importance of documentaries by giving away a green home hamper worth over R1000!

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    The festival is the first of its kind in Cape Town and aims to raise awareness of the world’s environmental and social issues, promote public debate about these issues, and encourage ordinary people to make greener lifestyle choices – our green home hamper will certainly help start the green revolution in your household.

    The competition is simple - all you have to do is complete the short quiz on our Facebook page. Don’t worry if you are unsure of the answers as every completed quiz is an entry. Furthermore, it will give you more reason to participate in the inaugural Cape Town Eco Film Festival.

    Our green home hamper includes:

    Niagara Conservation - Earth Showerhead (Chrome)

    This showerhead uses 20% less water than traditional showerheads. It has a patented pressure technology that guarantees a forceful spray while using less water and energy. It’s also a great money saver.

    Efergy Energy Monitoring Socket

    It’s difficult to create an energy efficient household if you are unsure of where your energy is going. The Efergy Monitoring Socket allows you to easily assess the energy consumption and electricity cost of a home appliance.

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    Sun Jar - 7 Colour

    Beautiful, versatile and eco friendly – the Sun Jars use the power of the sun to charge and then automatically light up at night. They’re great as gifts, garden decoration or children’s night lights. The 7 Colour Sun Jar has a unique colour changing sequence from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, turquoise to pink, giving it a magical quality.

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    HotBox Eco Cooker

    This Eco Cooker utilises the principle of insulation to save energy. Once your rice, beans, stew or porridge is brought to the boil, simply pop your dish into the HotBox and switch of your stove - your meal will continue to cook until perfect. It’s a great energy saver in the home and a nifty addition to your camping kit.

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    Like the competition? Then like us! To enter simply follow the competition link and get started on your quiz. Terms and Conditions are outlined below:

    1. This competition is sponsored by Sustainable.co.za in collaboration with the Cape Town Eco Film Festival.
    2. By entering this competition, you agree to the rules set out below.
    3. The competition is not open to: (a) Directors, members, partners, agents, employees or consultants of the Sustainable.co.za or Cape Town Eco Film Festival brands, or any supplier of goods or services in connection with the competition and (b) Spouses, life partners, business partners or associates, or the natural or adopted parents, children, or siblings, of any of the persons specified above.
    4. The competition is open to all South African citizens and permanent residents of the age of 18 years or older.
    5. The competition commences on 7th March 2014 and closes on 31st March 2014.
    6. The competition prize is a hamper over the value of R1000, which includes a Niagara water saving showerhead, an Efergy monitoring socket, a Sun Jar and Hotbox eco cooker.
    7. Winners will be announced on the Sustainable.co.za blog on Wednesday the 2nd of April 2014.
    8. The winners will be chosen randomly by a number generator and notified by email. Arrangements will then be made for the delivery of the prize.
    9. To enter the competition, each participant must complete the quiz and provide their email address.
    10. Failure to respond to the Facebook message/post by email by Friday the 4th of April 2014 will result in the prize being forfeited and an alternative winner being chosen.
    11.  The prize is not transferable. No substitution, cash redemption or assignment of prize is permitted. But the organisers of the competition reserve the right to substitute the prize with one of comparable value for any reason.
    12. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    13. Winners agree to the disclosure of their identity on Facebook and any other publication selected by Sustainable.co.za and Cape Town Eco Film Festival.

  • Like & Share our Lawrence Anthony Book Review and Win 'The Last Rhinos'

    Welcome to the first edition of Sustainable.co.za’s book club! Today we’re taking a look at 3 books written by South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who sadly passed away last year. You can also stand the chance to win a copy of The Last Rhinos through our Sustainable.co.za and Reader’s Warehouse competition! Entry details can be found at the end of this post.

    babylons arkBabylon’s Ark

    Babylon’s Ark is an incredible book detailing Anthony’s attempts to rescue the animals of the Baghdad Zoo at the height of the Iraq invasion in 2003. His adventures range from the hilarious – directing a pride of running ostriches through a shoot-to-kill checkpoint, leaving soldiers slack-jawed in amazement, to the heart-breaking – saving a pride of Saddam Hussein’s lions, closing a black-market zoo, and desperately trying to feed the starving animals. With help from compassionate civilians, soldiers and zoo staff, Anthony achieves the seemingly-impossible task of preserving the Baghdad Zoo, whilst facing bullets, bombed-out buildings and the overwhelming challenges that come with working in a warzone.

    The Elephant Whisperer

    Perhaps Lawrence Anthony’s best known book, The Elephant Whisperer is a delightful tale of a herd of wild elephants, who are taken in at Anthony’s Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand as a last resort (no pun intended!). After continuously breaking the boundary fences of other enclosures, the elephants are considered unpredictable and will be put to death if they escape again.

    elephant whisperer1What follows is a heart-warming depiction of life in an elephant herd – their family relationships, their unique personalities and special sixth-sense traits. From the matriarch of the herd, Nana, to the feisty Frankie and the dignified Nandi, readers are caught up in the remarkable bond that Anthony forms with these iconic creatures.

    In the epilogue of the book, Anthony writes that the younger generation of elephants will not be exposed to human contact:

    “They are going to grow up just as I wanted my original group to. Wild. If there is one thing I disapprove of it’s the unnatural capture and taming of wild animals, whether an elephant or a bird. To me, the only good cage is an empty cage.”

    The Last Rhinos

    In Lawrence Anthony’s last book, he tackles the topical issues of rhino poaching and their potential extinction. Leading an armed response against poachers attacking his own game reserve, Anthony also travels to a remote area in the Congo in an effort to save the last of the northern white rhinos remaining in the wild. Apart from the unrelenting demand for rhino horn in the Far East, leading to the skyrocketing number of poached rhinos over the past few years, Anthony’s problems were further exacerbated by the fact that the rhinos were located in a region controlled by the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army. The book follows his efforts to negotiate some kind of conservation effort with the rebel group, occasionally landing himself in some rather hair-raising situations.

    The Last Rhinos deals with the community impact of poaching, and examines the difficulty of implementing any kind of conservation programme in areas devastated by war.

    The Earth Organisation

    Anthony’s legacy lives on through his non-profit group, The Earth Organisation, dedicated to creating a healthy, habitable planet which fosters life and protects our animal and plant species.

    Famous Last Words

    We truly do live in a global village. The oxygen we breathe today or the pollution darkening our sky can come in overnight on winds from a country thousands of miles away. The wholesale destruction of nature on huge tracts of the planet’s surface impacts on everyone, everywhere, and must now be impeded by sensible international laws. There is no higher imperative...Perhaps if enough individuals find out what is actually going on for themselves and start doing something about it, then maybe we can stave off the fast-advancing crisis and create a beautiful, healthy, livable planet.

    These books make a great Christmas gift for nature lovers, so if you’re looking to buy a copy, do visit the Readers Warehouse website and order yours!

    Terms and Conditions

    1. This competition is sponsored by Sustainable.co.za and Reader’s Warehouse.
    2. By entering this competition, you agree to the rules set out below.
    3. The competition is not open to: (a) Directors, members, partners, agents, employees or consultants of the Sustainable.co.za or Reader’s Warehouse brands, or any supplier of goods or services in connection with the competition and (b) Spouses, life partners, business partners or associates, or the natural or adopted parents, children, or siblings, of any of the persons specified above.
    4. The competition is open to all South African citizens and permanent residents of the age of 18 years or older.
    5. The competition commences on 9th December 2013 and closes on 23rd December 2013.
    6. The competition prize is The Last Rhinos by Lawrence Anthony.
    7. Winners will be announced on the Sustainable.co.za blog on Friday the 3rd of January 2014.
    8. The winners will be chosen randomly by a number generator and notified on Facebook. They will be required to email their name and contact details to bridget@sustainable.co.za. Arrangements will then be made for the delivery of the prize.
    9. To enter the competition, each participant must: Like the competition Facebook post or blog post.
    10. Failure to respond to the Facebook message/post by email by Wednesday the 8th of January 2014 will result in the prize being forfeited and an alternative winner being chosen.
    11.  The prize is not transferable. No substitution, cash redemption or assignment of prize is permitted. But the organisers of the competition reserve the right to substitute the prize with one of comparable value for any reason.
    12. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    13. Winners agree to the disclosure of their identity on Facebook and any other publication selected by Sustainable.co.za and Reader’s Warehouse.

     

     

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