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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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Spotlight on Expert Knitter, Colleen Babb

Colleen Babb spotted us on social media 5 years ago and called to see how she could get involved. We are so happy she did because this is just the kind of magic that makes Spaza products so special.  Having started her knitting career at the age of 7 years, Colleen has a lot of stitches behind her and she doesn't give up for anything so there are many more to come.

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Do Spaza Dish Covers Keep Food Fresh?

The question that I get most about our dish covers is, do they keep your food fresh like plastic? As mother nature would have it, fresh is related to time. The theory that plastic can 'lock-in freshness' was discovered around an advertising agency's boardroom table and not in a science lab.  Let's take a carrot for instance. The carrot is fresh when it is pulled from the earth. From that moment on, it becomes less fresh.  A breathable cover, such as a Spaza Dish Cover is advantageous because it allows for evaporation and evaporation aids in cooling. You may have a vague memory of this from a science test moons ago. The process of evaporation requires heat energy and the heat energy is lifted away...

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Recycling 101 - It doesn't have to be confusing

Refuse, reuse, reduce, recycle!When you cannot refuse, reuse or reduce - then you should try your best to recycle. Recycling can sometimes be a confusing process. What can be recycled? Do I need to rinse my recyclables? Is there a recycling service in my area? We have done the research and have compiled an easy to use recycling guide - because doing the right thing should be simple! ------------------------ Is there a recycling collection service in my area?Most cities and metropoles in South Africa have residential recycling services available. Here are some of our favourite recycling services below: Regenize Recycling - Recycle via an innovative mobile app that rewards you for your recycling efforts. Find out more at www.regenize.co.za  Abundance Recycling -  Cape Town and surrounds. Find out...

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