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  • 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 Sustainable.co.za 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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  • Come out of the Cold this Winter

    Winter has arrived in Summer-loving South Africa, and that means the days are darker, the nights are colder and the electricity bills start creeping skyward.

    At Sustainable.co.za, we are all about improving lifestyles the green way, not only through energy efficiency but by saving you some cash for a rainy day adventure.

    Let there be Light

    The fact of the matter is that the nights last longer in the cold months, so lighting is imperative in keeping things cosy. Simply replace your lights with their LED counterparts and they can burn all night while still using a fraction of the power used by incandescent bulbs in the evenings.

    Some people are concerned by the quality of the light but fear not, we have a wide range of LED lights available in warm, natural and cool white, catering to all tastes. Our Solar Lights are also great for outdoor use, whether you crave the ambiance of outdoor lighting or have them installed for safety reasons, we have what you need.

     

     

    Snuggling up

    It is very easy to reach for the aircon or electric heater/ blanket when the days are cold but we have some alternative solutions that will warm your cockles.

    If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, rather opt for a roaring fire over an electrical heater or aircon. Anything that generates heat uses a lot of power so the environment and your pocket will feel the expense. We have fantastic eco-logs and firelighters available. Our eco-logs burn longer and hotter and create minimal smoke and our firelighters don't smell at all because, you guessed it, zero parrafin! Best of all, our prices match standard bags of wood and firelighters that can be purchased at retail shops so it's a win-win kind of deal.

    To beat the cold in bed, pile up on the blankets, or put a hot water bottle in the bed for a few hours before you go to sleep at night.

     

    Keep things Steamy

    Geysers struggle in Winter and become less efficient due to the cold. Keep your geyser happy by wrapping it in a blanket and pipe insulation and greatly reduce heat loss. Gas geysers are also a great alternative to standard electrical geysers and can be great back-up for off-grid homes. For those that do not like wasting water, Instant Water Heaters are a great way to save on water by reducing the time it takes for the water to heat up. This also allows you to switch your geyser off and save on electricity. Why not install an Efergy Electricity Monitor so you can watch all your savings?

     

     

    Warm Winter Fare

    In many households across South Africa, the aunties start gearing up for Winter by hauling out their secret stew and curry recipes and spend all day cooking for the family. Keep aunty (and your bank manager) happy by investing in a gas stove. For those who enjoy slow cooking, the hot bag can keep the pots hot all day long without using a stitch of electricity. Simply bring the food to the boil and pop it in. It couldn't be simpler. On a personal note, my mom swears by the Eco Zoom. It takes much quicker to cook a rice on this fantastic little wood burner than it does on a conventional stove.

     

     

    Our Sustainable Promise

    Not only do we promise to keep you up to date with the latest and greatest products that will improve your lifestyle and the future of this planet, but we also always ensure that we have a little something extra to offer. This Winter, we will be running a Giveaway looking to Spring (as it ends at the end of Winter) and will be focusing on a Green Camping theme.  Read more about it here. Father's Day is also in June so we have put a spotlight on our green dads and will be running a giveaway on our social media pages so keep an eye out!

    "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." -John Steinbeck

  • 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.

     

  • 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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