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10 Traditional New Year's Eve Foods for a Prosperous 2022

When it comes to festive holidays, Christmas tends to reign supreme. Between the gifts and glitz and the delicious dinner spreads, it’s a difficult celebration to compete with. New Year’s Eve, however, is a great contender for the spot of ‘fave holiday’. Not only is it the final celebration of the year, but it’s also a moment to reflect while welcoming a new beginning. And even though it might present the perfect opportunity to dress up and boogie down, it’s also a chance to celebrate a few traditions as well.  As we get ready to ring in the new year, we’d like to delve into culinary heritage from across the world and discover the deep, layered meanings behind some of...

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Restore nature, one shrub at a time

  The Earth’s temperature is rising every year. Wildfires are spreading and water is growing increasingly scarce. But spekboom can help. Portulacaria Afra, commonly known as “spekboom” is a succulent plant indigenous to South Africa. This sprawling bright green shrub could be the key to offsetting carbon emissions and helping to restore balance to our planet.  By acting like a carbon sponge, one hectare of spekboom can absorb between 4 and 10 tonnes of CO2 per year and is 10 times more effective per hectare at carbon fixing than any tropical rainforest.  In addition, this evergreen wonder plant grows without formal planting and can do so using very little water. It is also fire-resistant and can live for up to 200 years.  This...

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The Spaza Guide to a Green Cleaning Routine

After a year of acclimatising to the "new normal", it's safe to say that your home probably needs a little TLC. And with Christmas fast approaching, now is a better time than ever to clean up and start the new year on a squeaky clean foot.  Before you get all your cleaning supplies out and start wiping down every surface in sight though, it might be worth considering your cleaning routine and looking at ways you could make better choices regarding the health of not only your household, but the environment as well.   From eco-friendly swaps to DIY solutions, we’re here to help you on your way to green cleaning success. Let’s get into it… Ditch the disposables Did you...

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Cutlery Roll Entertaining Ideas

The 2020 Holiday season was a quiet affair - lacking most of the traditional hallmarks of the busiest time for entertainment and dining. Thankfully, after a year of smiling through masks and sanitizing everything in sight, a sense of normalcy has returned to the world and we have a lot of time to make up for! No matter what your plans are for the festive season, we are here to help set the mood with some fun ideas on how you can use our Spaza products to make an easy, modern table setting. And what better way to plan for the perfect party than with some table dressing inspiration using our versatile cutlery rolls?  Handmade using 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton,...

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Vegetable Barbecue Sprinkle

This blog post was originally featured on our South African website for South Africa's Heritage Day in 2019. Our community has grown!  Feature veggies on the fire this heritage day with this simple homemade vegetable seasoning. Your vegetarian and vegan friends will be thrilled that someone has finally made a veggie effort at what is typically a very meaty affair. The aim here is to not spend all day in the kitchen so it's easy and versatile veg sprinkles at the ready! Mix in a shaker if you have one - if not, a small bowl will do. Ingredients 1 tsp paprika 1 tbs garlic salt or garlic powder and salt 1 tsp  ground cumin 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon Brush...

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