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  • 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.

     

  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Instead of Giving a Rose, Plant her a Tree or Two

    Roses are red, violets are blue…?

    As far as symbols of everlasting love go, flowers that die after two weeks are not an encouraging omen. So why not be unique and plant a tree or two this Valentine’s Day. They last for ages, weather the elements and are virtually indestructible. How’s that for a metaphor of true love?

    In the 30th driest country in the world, and where half of our country’s water goes down the drain, water conservation is imperative, so be water wise when tending to that foliage.

    Remember to like our Facebook page and enter our competition and you could win a R500 voucher.

  • 2012 in Review: Good News and Home Truths

    The sustainable industry has gone from strength-to-strength. We continue to see more people making adjustments in order to practice an eco friendly way of living and 2012 has been no different. Although there are always challenges to be overcome in this ongoing battle, eco consciousness is continuously growing and we’ve witnessed it first-hand here at Sustainable.co.za. Here is a recap of the year through the eyes of Sustainable.co.za.

    Dark Days Ahead

    Eskom had some very big news to share earlier this year that once again demonstrated how important the reduction of electricity consumption continues to be. With the permission of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Eskom have applied for a 16% electricity tariff increase in a third multi-year price determination (MYPD 3). Continue reading

  • Winners of ABSA International Innovative and Sustainable Housing Competition to be announced in March

    Sustainable Housing Design in Action

    Sustainable Housing Design in Action

    Sustainable housing is an increasingly relevant topic in South Africa. We continue to struggle with an ongoing energy crisis whereby we are unable to generate enough electricity for the entire country to operate. A recent initiative by ABSA Bank promises to gain the interest of many local and international folk involved in sustainable house design.

    The first ever ABSA International Innovative and Sustainable Housing Competition was launched in March last year and is drawing to a close next month when the winners of the competition will be announced. The competition is aimed at raising awareness of a very serious worldwide situation, as well as gaining important knowledge and ideas for building sustainable houses in future. The winners in the major categories of the competition will be awarded R250 000 which is sponsored by ABSA.

    Regular brick and mortar construction is not allowed to be used in the sustainable house design of the competition entrants.  The idea is to create affordable and viable alternative methods of design that can be implemented by the general public in future. Some of the most important criteria that the Sustainable Houses will be marked on are:

    -       Durability

    -       Architectural quality

    -       Cost and value for money

    -       Speed of construction

    -       Energy efficiency

    -       Social acceptance of the design and use of energy

    -       Bank acceptance of the proposed designs

    The University of Pretoria will be acting as the analysts who will be analyzing the energy efficiency of all the sustainable housing that is entered into the competition.

    The project is aimed at a global market and not just South Africa. Sustainable housing experts from around the world have entered, including countries such as: Kuwait, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Namibia.

    Luthando Vutula, the Managing Executive of Absa Home Loans had the following to say about the competition:

    "Absa is committed to supporting the credo of the Minister of Human Settlements Comprehensive Plan on Sustainable Human Settlement - that every South African has access to permanent housing that provides secure tenure, privacy, protection from the elements, and access to basic services. Due to the energy crisis facing South Africa, there is a need to test and showcase new energy technologies. Accordingly Absa has added "energy efficiency" as a second dimension to the competition”

    This is a stunning effort by ABSA it has to be said and is fully supported by Sustainable Goods. We will be sure to keep you updated on the winners and some of the Sustainable housing designs that emerge as a result of this competition.

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