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Spotlight on Expert Knitter, Colleen Babb

Posted by Julia Schaffer on

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. When developing a new design, she makes sample after sample, until she is absolutely happy that she has  right yarn, the right stitch count on the perfect size...

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The Dirt on Disposable Sponges

Posted by Julia Schaffer on

The over-arching problem with disposable products made from oil-based materials like plastic and polyfoam is that we don't use them long enough to warrant the resources used, environmental damage caused and the time it takes to decompose. How long should you use something made from non-renewable resources like petroleum, that is not recyclable and takes 58 years to decompose? 

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Festive Zero Waste Snacks Inspiration

Posted by Julia Schaffer on

  As easy as opening a bag of chips, was the brief.  Readily available from your zero waste grocer and using simple ingredients, here are 3 snack inspirations to enjoy with a bit of cheer this festive season.  Soya Roasted Sunflower Seeds Raw, unsalted sunflower seeds Soya sauce or tamari sauce You only need sunflower seeds and soya sauce but you can add cayenne pepper for a spicy version or mix a tad of honey with the soya sauce for a sweet and salt flavour.  Layer the bottom of a heavy base skillet of non-stick frying pan with raw unsalted...

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Discovering Dish Covers

Posted by Julia Schaffer on

'I have never been a fan of plastic wrap, so I would cover all our dishes with tea towels while entertaining or preparing a meal for my family.’   The problem arose when I needed to bring a salad or dessert to someone else’s house, or if I wanted to keep a dish refrigerated.  I experimented with some tying and wrapping techniques that proved to be very bulky and fussy. What I really wanted was something light and breathable that would stretch around the sizes and shapes of my dishes. A lightbulb went on and I started making dish covers....

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Spaza producers in Mitchells Plain tell their stories.

Posted by Adri Kirsten on

Spaza products are made by women in various communities around Cape Town. Producers, from Mitchells Plain, discuss working from a successful home-based business.

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