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  • Stay Warm this Autumn. Winter Can Wait!

    With summer now little more than a distant memory and the nights already starting to draw in, let us help you keep warm this Autumn by enjoying a comfortable green lifestyle and saving money at the same time. Our motto at Sustainable.co.za is "Buy once, buy well", and we have so many great products available that you will be coming back for more.

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  • 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.

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  • July is Madiba Month at Sustainable.co.za

    July is Madiba Month at Sustainable.co.zaAs everyone is well aware, Tata Madiba's birthday is on the 18th of July. At Sustainable.co.za, we love what Madiba Day stands for so we have decided to dedicate the month of July to Madiba and challenge everyone else to do the same!

    In the spirit of this, our team have dedicated themselves to 67 random acts of kindness in July. You can follow our progress via the checklist below. We will post evidence of our deeds to our Social Media accounts so keep an eye out!

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  • Water, Water Everywhere but not a Drop to Spare

    With 2016 experiencing the lowest rainfall recorded in South African history and water restrictions implemented nationwide, it is no wonder that there is a growing number of people concerned about the future of our most precious commodity - water.

    At Sustainable.co.za, we have turned our focus to providing the latest and most affordable options to save water in your own home. We also have a few tricks up our sleeve for those who are not in a position to buy the goods but still want to be a part of the solution.

    First and foremost, you must try to reuse water at home, this can be done in the following ways:

    • * Endeavour to buy eco-friendly detergents and soaps so that the water is safe for your garden.
    • * Put a small amount of water in your bathroom basin so people can use this to wash their hands.
    • * Shower for 5 minutes or less.
    • * Leave a bucket in the shower and cover the drain with it so that it collects the excess water.
    • * Switch off the shower when washing your hair or body.
    • * Fill the kitchen sink with water in the morning and reuse to wash dishes. If it gets cold, take some of it out with a jug and boil it.
    • * Try not to flush the toilet too often - if it is yellow, let it mellow (maximum of three uses), if it is brown, flush it down.
    • * At the end of the day, the water from the shower, sink and basin can be used in your garden or to fill your cistern.
    • * Put a brick or a 2litre bottle of water into your cistern. This will reduce the capacity of the tank and thus use less water.
    • * Try not to bath, but if this is all you have, ensure that it is a shallow one and reuse the water as above.
    • * Do not top up your pool unless you are using recycled water.
    • * Use a pool cover on your pool to prevent evaporation. Please ensure that this is safe for children and animals.

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  • If I could, I would buy you the Earth this Christmas

    Well now you can. Christmas is a time for giving and the best investment you can make for your family is to "buy the earth" back.

    At Sustainable.co.za, we believe that green living should be easy and add to your lifestyle rather than detract. Our little elves spend all their time ensuring that we not only have an expansive range of high quality, cost effective products available, but that there is something for everyone.

    With warm Summer evenings, festive cheer filling the streets, and long, lazy days surrounded by family and loved ones, we certainly are lucky to spend this joyous day in the Southern Hemisphere.

    christmas-in-summerThe Gift of Christmas

    We understand that Christmas gift shopping can be stressful with long queues, packed shopping centres and low or no stock available, it is not a very relaxing thought at a time of year when we need it most. Online shopping greatly alleviates this stress. Browse through our range at any time of day, ask advice and get everything delivered right  to your doorstep from the comfort of your own home. Continue reading

  • 3rd Annual Eco Film Festival at the Labia Theatre March 31st – April 3rd 2016

    Sustainable.co.za will once again be sponsoring the 3rd Annual SA Eco Film Festival. The festival will be returning to Cape Town and surrounds on March 31st – April 3rd this year. Other sponsors include leading Western Cape ECO Friendly business partners Ballo, Reliance and Group 1 Nissan showcasing the 100% electric Nissan Leaf. With engaging and thought provoking program content, Q&A’s, audience interaction, guest speakers and more, this year the SA Eco Film Festival is gearing up to create an ever bigger impact than ever before. Sponsors are getting involved to create some exciting competitions and events, such as Electric Vehicle day. Continue reading

  • Going green for Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s doesn’t need to be steeped in consumerism. A thoughtful gift with both your loved one and the environment in mind is actually quite simple! We explore a few sustainable options for gifts, outings and even creative pursuits…

    Green gift ideas

    A personalized gift makes for a much more lasting expression of love, and best of all it doesn’t have to cost much at all. Don’t forget the simple power of a handwritten card – best of all you can source cards made locally from recycled paper for your special message, or get creative and make your own!

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    If you have a knack for crafts, a lovely idea is to take a photo of yourself and your loved one and create your own one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzle! Simply glue the photo to a piece of cardboard which you can up-cycle yourself, the board from the back of an old exam pad is perfect.
    There are thousands of jigsaw templates available online. Use a craft knife to trace along the shape outlines – a truly personal gift with no harm done to the environment!

    A nice use for the leftover foil pull-offs from coffee tins and similar tubular tins is to make your own recycled flowers. Much more thoughtful and longer lasting than the last minute petrol station bought variety, and these are so easy to make you can involve the kids too! Plus it means those lids don’t end up in the bin: Continue reading

  • Eco-Camping at Rocking the Daisies

    Rocking the Daisies, one of South Africa’s greenest music festivals, will be taking place during the first weekend of October at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling. The four-day festival has a great line-up, including 7th Son, Alice Phoebe Lou, Jeremy Loops, The Kooks and Monark, among others.  Here at Sustainable.co.za, we’re just as excited about the green as we are about the music scene!

    Green Measures at Rocking the Daisies

    There are a number of ecological initiatives in place at Rocking the Daisies. No bottled water is sold at the event, push taps are used to reduce water wastage, and grey water is recycled. Food-ware and cleaning products are biodegradable, and all paper marketing material is printed on recycled stock. LED lighting is used wherever possible, and on-site generators run off bio-diesel. There are also bus shuttles provided, and festival-goers are encouraged to walk, cycle or carpool wherever possible. This year the festival will be hosting official initiatives including #RTDSPRINGCLEAN which facilitates the re-homing of unwanted clothing to those in need, and Walk/Cycle The Daisies, a two day hike prior to the festival which aims to promote positive environmental action. Continue reading

  • Cape Town’s Best Braai Day Hot Spots

     

    Beach braai

    With Heritage Day on the horizon, Capetonians across the city are no doubt eagerly anticipating their first braai of the season. However, not all of us have access to private braai facilities. Thankfully, we do have access to beautiful surroundings and public braais designed to help us locals make the most of the weather, the holidays, and our unique heritage. These are a few of Cape Town’s favourite braai spots that are open to the public this Heritage Day. Take your pick and happy braaing! Continue reading

  • Honouring Sustainable Women – Women’s Day

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    In celebration of Women’s Day, we caught up with some of the awesome ladies from the Sustainable.co.za team, Angela Lee-Wright, Sian Kleyn, and Megan Brown, to ask them a couple of questions about their careers in the exciting, and fast accelerating, alternative energy industry. Here’s what they had to say… Continue reading

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