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  • 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 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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  • 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, 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

  • Let us put the Spring back into your Step this Season

    Let us put a Spring in your step.

    Spring is, simply put, the reawakening from the slumber of Winter. Cold weather and dark days start turning around. Birds can be heard twittering harmoniously as the dawn breaks earlier and earlier. This is much to the enjoyment and pleasure of most.

    Renewal, Rejuvenation and Revitalisation

    At we have decided to focus the start of the lighter, warmer months on the theme of the renewal, revitalisation and rejuvenation of your lifestyle and the life of the planet.

    Our team have spent many hours putting together fantastic, well packaged Spring Kits. From eco-friendly cleaning products to the perfect water-saving hampers and Braai Day packages and more. We will also be running the biggest competition we have had to date. Read on to find out more.

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  • Spotlight on our Sustainable Fathers

    “Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.” ―Mike Myers

    Celebrating Father's Day

    Father's Day is a celebration of the role of the father in a child's life. This month we celebrate the amazing fathers in our team by putting the spotlight on them. We find out more about their role in their children's lives and what it means to be a part of the green industry.

    More from the great fathers on our team

    " As a child growing up, I always tried to live as sustainably as possible. I joined our school wildlife and clean-up programmes and spent a lot of time outdoors, trying to save the planet.
    As a father working in the green industry, I strive to find innovative products and creative ways to make the future better for my children and others. I truly believe that to make a significant change in the world, we have to start at home with our family."  ~ Rieyaat

    " What does it mean to be a father? It is an honour and a rite of passage. How special is it that you can be a mentor, a teacher, the chief tickler and the bear to hold and protect your children? Every day is a chance to guide your children on how to be the best they can be and that can be hard at times when most of us are merely just trying to be the best we can be. The results of this comes when you see them trying to emulate you and preaching to someone about how better to save water or start a fire.  

    Being an advocate of eco-living it is great to see my children asking about how solar energy works and using it when we are road trips, charging the music player, setting up the solar lights at camp. Or have my second in charge of the tools handing spanners as we install the water purification filters on our home system. What fun to watch and just absorb the moment." ~ Zeke

    Sustainable Fathers" As a father, I understand what comes with the role of fatherhood. Long days, late nights, financial pressures; but there are an abundance of joys that cannot be matched by anything else.

    I wake up every day and head off to the office looking at the blessings I have – my kids. Father’s Day is not about us. It’s a reminder to work on building a relationship with our kids by encouraging their dreams, spending time with them, and showing them love. They're grow up faster than we think.

    I take renewable energy very seriously and having the knowledge is a great way of preparing them for the future. As far as I'm concerned renewable energy is the future.

    My work at Online Eco Store as a Technical Sales Consultant, gives me access to everything renewable. I am in the process of going bit by bit off the grid... slowly but surely we'll all get there.

    For now, I have invested in a Solar Briefcase and a Solar Battery on our website. I am now able to take my kids on outdoor adventures and having a source of electricity is extremely vital when you're in the bush far from amenities. Also its always good to keep them entertained by being able to charge devices such as your kids tablet PC, your laptop, cell phones etc.

    Going green is your responsibility. How will you get there? No stress, I can walk the journey with you!" ~ Thaabit

    Fathers look toward the future

    We believe that a parent's job is to ensure a bright future for their children to enjoy. This goes hand in hand with making conscious choices in the way we live so that children may learn from this. With this in mind, we will be giving away 3 x R 250.00 gift vouchers to dad's who tell us why being a father is so special (this is open to moms too).

    Great gift ideas for Father's Day

    Click here to check out the range of products that Zeke, Rieyaat and Thaabit selected as their favourite gift ideas for Father's Day.

  • proudly partners with Ecobrick Exchange

    We are very pleased to announce that we have partnered up with the EcoBrick Exchange. This is one of our favourite initiatives and is close to our hearts.

    About EcoBrick Exchange

    The EcoBrick Exchange (EBE) is an eco-centric company that facilitates the construction of preschools in underprivileged communities. This is done by using EcoBricks (plastic waste compressed into PET-bottles). This is a highly insulating building material that is water-, fire- and even bullet-proof. Their programmes empower individuals to address the shortage of quality education facilities, implement sustainable waste management systems and raise environmental awareness.

    How can you become involved?

    It's really very simple. Collect, clean and dry all non-recyclable plastic rubbish and compress it into a 2L Bottle with a stick or suitable instrument. Pack it tightly so that it can't be squished. Once it is ready, simply drop it off at our shop.

    Extra Incentive

    We love this idea so much that we have decided to give a 5% discount voucher to the person that brings in 20 Eco-Bricks at any one time.

    Start making a difference

    If we can collect enough eco bricks, we can build a school! Keep an eye out for our Mandela Day Campaign where we will be challenging South Africa to make a difference. Watch this space.

  • Don't be in the Dark this Earth Hour

    Every year people switch off their lights for an hour as a collective gesture towards the protection of the environment. Unless you have a streak of Nyctophilia chances are that you would, like most people, prefer to avoid stubbing your toe against the kitchen table leg. If you are a shoe-wearing environmentalist, you'd probably prefer to avoid falling down the stairs when your shoes fail to warn you of the impending drop. Either way, some form of eco-friendly lighting might not be such a bad idea. Yes, we seize every opportunity to promote our wonderful products, see the full range of solar lights here.

    On the 25th of March at 8:30pm local time, people across 24 time zones will be coming together to make a noise in the interest of our only terrestrial home. There’s still a lot of sceptics out there, not to mention national leaders who choose to ignore the realities faced by future generations. Sadly, our society’s myopic policy-making is slow to catch on to the real dangers, but governments and corporates are at last starting to shift their stance on this issue that can no longer be ignored. China is finally enforcing stricter carbon cutting measures on a city-level and its notorious law enforcement isn’t accepting lame excuses; no more “the dog ate my emissions certificate” for Chinese factory owners. Freight ships entering Chinese harbours now have to switch off their diesel engins and take on power lines from the port authorities.

    We have all heard arguments that the earth has been through warmer periods before and that the current warming is due to natural cycles i.e. change in orbit over 100 millennia, the latter has off course been disproven. Increasing levels of CO2 and Methane are the leading cause of present climate change, the far-reaching consequences of which are already becoming apparent in ways far more disastrous than with natural warming. These changes are often far removed from our everyday lives yet thousands of children are dying the world over from pneumonia directly linked to hazardous air quality, but the urgency of environmental policies are still being questioned?

    This year we are privileged to be working with WWF and Green Peace to lobby for the renewable sector, an industry that continually has to justify itself and overcome bureaucratic hurdles. Moreover, the 4th Annual Eco Film Festival will be taking place around Earth Hour, as a co-sponsor, the Sustainable team is looking forward to take part in this event. Whether you are at a festival, sitting at a family dinner table or camping in the bush with stars overhead, join millions of people in a mass demonstration to affect change.

    What can I do other than jumping up and down and banging on Parliament’s door?


  • Water saving tips & resources

    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, 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.

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

  • Festive Eco-Challenge with (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

  • Companies and Organisations Making Every Day a Mandela Day

    Madiba’s words will forever ring true - “The time is always right to do right”. His birthday, now celebrated as Nelson Mandela Day on the 18th of July, was met with great enthusiasm earlier this month as thousands participated in ’67 minutes of giving back’.

    The team had a great time cleaning up Zandvlei. We believe the value of giving back to the community or environment for one day should never be underestimated. Yet it should also encourage us to continually be on the lookout for opportunities to do good. According to the Nelson Mandela foundation, ‘taking part (in Nelson Mandela Day) should widen possibilities for awareness, true engagement and longer-term solutions.”

    We’ve been inspired to look at local companies and organizations who are leaders in making the world a better place:

    Bigger than Me


    Bigger Than Me is a conceptual social enterprise, forming part of Black Mango as their CSI division. They provide a marketing platform for brands and their audiences to connect through branded events, content marketing, social concepts, volunteering and cause based marketing. Their goal is for brands and their audience to partner together to make a lasting footprint in communities.

    Speaking on how they achieve this, Greg Viljoen from Bigger than Me says “We feel that there are many great initiatives but to leverage critical mass it’s important to make the cause mechanic of getting people involved appealing, and entertainment through music and sport is perfect.”

    Some of the initiatives they are involved in include DJ’s for Bread, Miles for Smiles and Bridges for Music.

    Faithful to Nature


    Faithful to Nature is an online health shop which provides an array of natural products which support a green lifestyle. Their product range includes organic food, natural cleaning products, essential oils, super foods and luxury organic beauty products. They were the first retailer in South Africa to procure all of their products according to strict ingredient criteria.

    Speaking on how they are giving back, Robyn Smith owner at Faithful to Nature says “Retail may not seem like an obvious platform to give back to both the community and environment, but it is predominantly our consumerism that is driving destructive behaviour and we have so little choice when it comes to buying ethical products.”

    She says “we give every customer the opportunity to make their purchases more carbon neutral or socially friendly by donating to Food & Trees for Africa or the Starfish Foundation upon checkout.

    We have also created a pocket guide to safe shopping that lists common contentious ingredients found in cosmetic and cleaning products which we give out for free. We want to give fellow South Africans the opportunity to buy products that are ethically produced and do not harm them.”

    We asked her how the public or businesses can support their initiatives to which she answered:

    “Please become an ingredient detective. Don't buy blindly. Check what is in the products you use and ingest and if you are not happy let the manufacturers know! Support ethical farming and local business. Encourage the companies you work for or run to give their staff the opportunity to use natural and or organic products that don't harm them or the Earth. It comes down to making a personal commitment to really care about the world that you live in.”

    Sols Sandals


    Sols Sandals are Cape Town based sandal manufacturers who describe themselves as “eco-seekers striving to create stylish, beautiful products that contribute to the preservation of our environment and to the upliftment of our society.” The team consists of a group of students from the University of Cape Town. They came together during their Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship at the beginning of 2014 and through a through a brainstorming session, Sols was born.

    Their sandals are hand crafted from re-used tyres, high-quality hemp and cork.

    Besides wanting to create a market of conscious consumers that gives back the environment, the company also aims to work in collaboration with communities to provide skills and jobs to the unemployed.

    “From how we manufacture of sandals to how we distribute them, we aim to follow through in keeping our environmental and carbon footprint low and our social contribution high” said Courtney Oliver from the Sols team. “Our manufacturer, Wesley Banda, up-skills underprivileged individuals by teaching them the craft of making sandals from re-used tyre.”

    The team is also currently setting up social platforms and systems to collect old clothes, shoes, and other forms of physical support through shoe bins on UCT’s campus.

    Answering why she feels it’s important to be involved in initiatives that give back, she said: “We as a team have realised each person is able to contribute in a large way and make a difference to someone else's life! Once individuals pool resources and drive as a body, the level of possibility to change lives and mind-sets are unbelievable.”

    GreaterGood SA


    Ever wanted to help but no idea where to start? Greater Good South Africa brings good causes and givers together online.

    According to their website they “believe in results-driven giving” and “seek out opportunities that will have a measurable, life-changing impact on people and their communities.” Their aim is “to level the playing field by giving small, pioneering non profit organisations the same access to funds and capacity development as the better-known causes.”

    If you have a cause you would like to register or would love to contribute to a worthy cause, simply register on their site.



    LeadSA is a voice of encouragement to every South African that they can make a positive difference. The Primedia Broadcasting initiative is supported by Independent Newspapers and is passionate about empowering individuals to take actionable steps to lead the country forward.

    Their key areas of focus include personal challenge, leadership, education, Square Kilometer Array (SKA) and sport.

    Their website serves as a great resource for inspirational stories, updates on life-changing projects, links to organisations who are making a difference and an overview of current South Africans worthwhile following.

    Soil for Life

    Soil for Life is a Cape Town based non-profit organisation empowering people to build their own sustainable vegetable gardens in whatever space they have available. Their organic gardens are built using low-cost, soil building, water-wise, and environmentally friendly technology.

    This is practically achieved by running hands-on training courses in townships and by providing ongoing support. By educating people on how to build the soil and grow healthy plants, they are making it possible for families have a secure provision of healthy food.  Furthermore, Soil for Life encourages the gardeners to consider selling their produce and teaches skills on setting up local markets and running small businesses.


    The team at are passionate about changing the world we live in for the better. We do this by:

    - Offering quality products at affordable rates – we strive to offer a turnkey solution from consultation and design, through energy efficiency, green products and renewable energy solutions.

    - Getting involved in local events and by supporting local communities and businesses.

    - Practising what we preach – we are based in a green building, most of our paperwork is digital and we use recycled paper.

    - We have made a number of donations to people in need.

    - We support green initiatives by raising awareness.

    We also have an exciting new project in the pipeline which will allow us to give back in a much more substantial way – more coming up on that!

    We all have the power to give back. One way to start giving back is to consider how you can tread lightly on the environment. Why not get in touch with us for practical tips and products on how you can do this?


    *Cover Image: Leonard Zhukovsky /

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