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  • Meet Our New Team Member Alan

    Alan Bottoms

    Ever wondered where all the cool products from Sustainable.co.za come from? We’d like to introduce to you Alan, the new products developer at Sustainable.co.za. We caught up with him at work to ask him a few questions about his background and his experience at Sustainable.co.za. Here’s what he had to say:

    1. We’ve noticed the accent... Where are you from and what brought you to sunny South Africa?

    I was born in Dundee, Scotland. In the early 80’s there was a bit of a depression in Scotland and people were losing their jobs. So my folks had to send me out here at the tender age of nine to work on the coal mines in Cape Town. [Note to the reader: There are no active coal mines in Cape Town. We were also informed that Alan did in fact attend school]

    2. If you had to have a super power, what would it be and why?

    Definitely the ability to teleport; I could surf (and do other stuff) anywhere I wanted and I wouldn’t need all the bureaucratic red tape like passports and visas, and I could forego the crazy plane ticket prices.
    3. What’s your favourite thing about working at Sustainable.co.za?

    So far my favourite thing has been working with the team at Sustainable.co.za and learning so much more about the sustainable industry. Okay, so that’s two things.

    4. What attracted you to the green industry? Have you always been passionate about the environment?

    I’ve always been involved in the idea of change in our society. I’ve spent years studying societal thinking and conditioning and the move to the sustainable industry was a natural step for me as it has the potential to be a powerful platform for change.

    5. What effect do you think the green economy has on job creation in South Africa?

    I think this industry could definitely create a lot of jobs, but as with every question like this, what kind of jobs are we talking about and how will those jobs ultimately uplift the people of South Africa? I mean, just having a job doesn’t necessarily create wealth, harmony and happiness. More than anything I think as the sustainable industry grows it will be a sign that we are growing as a conscious people. Sustainability isn’t just about the environment; it’s also about people.

    6. We know that the office foosball is a very serious affair in the Sustainable.co.za office – do you have any tactics that you would like to share with us?

    Foosball? Yeah, we used to play a lot on the Cape Town coal mines so I learned quite a few tactics. Granted some of my favourite techniques like the one involving the rock drill are kind of useless, but I still have a few cards up the old sleeve. I’d also like to say how chicken everyone’s been in challenging us here at Sustainable.co.za.

    Foosball at Sustainable.co.za Who is the reigning champion?

    7. What green product or gadget could you absolutely not live without?

    Got to say my Powertraveller Explorer is very cool.

    Powertraveller Explorer Powertraveller Explorer

    8. Do you have any hopes and dreams to share with us for the future?

    Yeah definitely, I hope to see and be involved in a massive shift in awareness in the general public towards sustainability but also towards a greater sense of national community and a better understanding of what that actually means. There’s more to that, but I’m not going go down that rabbit hole right now, because I have work to do!

    9. When you’re not working, what are you most likely to be doing?

    Argh so many things… A few I’ve had to take a break from for a while. Researching, surfing, Kung Fu, a bit of gaming, reading, socialising, and studying consciousness…the list goes on…

    10. Do you have a quick green tip for the readers at home?

    Yeah sure, I think there are a lot of green tips but most of all I think people just have to get actively involved. The problem is that there needs to be more attention placed on growing a green infrastructure so that people can more easily apply the wealth of tips already out there.

    Alan holds up his favourite quote by the late Madiba in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day.

    Welcome to the team Alan!

     

  • A Festive Message from the Sustainable.co.za Team

    Today the Sustainable.co.za team wraps up a very successfully and rewarding year of helping ordinary South Africans invest in the future of our planet. But before we depart on our festive break, there are a few things we would like to share:

    Zeke's Festive MessageThis year has had many challenges, both ups and downs. It has been awesome to work with such a great team to get through it all. We have had many happy sales and lots of energy has been conserved. The year yet again showed an increase in people wanting to make a difference to their impact on our planet and it is very rewarding to be part of that process with them. It’s always satisfying to empower a customer with the means to take control of their own power needs and even more so for the customers that previously have had no light or power before and we make it possible with renewable energy too!

    I would like to wish everyone a fabulous festive season and may your wishes and expectations for the new year be exceeded. Here’s to a wonderful 2014, let's make even more solar power possible. - Zeke

    2013 has been a very rewarding year. At Sustainable.co.za we have seen the green industry move from strength to strength.

    Angela's festive message

    We have also had the great privilege of assisting a wide variety of people to start investing in themselves and the future of the earth.  There has been a significant increase in eco-friendly goods being manufactured locally and an ever increasing interest from Africa and the rest of the world. This year we have also started aiding underprivileged projects when and where we can which is very important to us.We are grateful and humbled for all the wonderful support we have received in 2013. We have a fantastic team of people who  are excited to develop our role as a service provider in the community and further abroad.

    We would like to wish you all a wonderful festive season and look forward to further educating and assisting South Africa to live a simple and sustainable life. My New Year’s resolution: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” -Wayne Deyer. For 2014 try to change your perspective. See life from every angle and do your part to preserve it. There is no planet B. - Angela

    Here’s to hoping that everybody has an awesome Christmas break to de-stress, unwind and just plain relax with your feet up! and to all of those people who are lucky enough to be travelling, please be safe, this is the time of year we should be celebrating friends and family, yet unfortunately we have so much tragedy on our roads. Take this time to love and cherish everyone close to you, and tell them how much they mean to you. My green resolution for the next year would be shower instead of bathing and to switch the lights and any other electrical unit off behind me as I leave a room. No matter how small the deed we can all make a difference.

    It has been an awesome 3 years for me working here, and my colleagues have become my family. I love my work and dealing with day to day challenges. I do the orders and dispatching and I’m loving how busy we are getting. I look forward to next year and the new challenges it may bring. - Sian

    Siaan and Stephanie's festive message

    May your Christmas be bright and cheerful and may the New Year begin on a prosperous note! My New Year’s resolution: If we do not change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed.

    (Chinese Proverb). Start big, start small. Just start! Showering instead of bathing, maybe even progressing to a water saving shower head. It's something small but it’s a start. Don't cost our planet more than what you really have to.

    I basically just started at Sustainable.co.za, but so far I’m learning a lot and I'm excited about the coming year. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing and so far it's a lot of fun. I love people and our planet and I want to do everything in my ability to help others become more informed. Sustainable.co.za is the perfect place to do just that. -Stephanie

    Here’s to a very merry Christmas and a more sustainable new year!

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