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Why Naturally Simple Food Is ALWAYS Naturally Better

Why Naturally Simple Food Is ALWAYS Naturally Better

The world of food has become a bit of a nightmare to navigate. Words like organic, whole food and natural crop up more and more. But do these titles mean that the product is better for you every time? And then there is the converse negatively associated terms like GMO, processed food, ultra-processed, flavoured, refined etc. Do these words always mean bad for you? Everyone seems to have an opinion. We aim to guide you through the murky waters of the food industry.

Regardless of the diet philosophies you follow, there is one simple rule that all nutrition professionals agree on: opt for simple, less processed foods. There are some simple reasons why natural wholefoods are always better.

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Why Eating More Local Foods Is A Healthy Food Choice

Why Eating More Local Foods Is A Healthy Food Choice
30 years ago we ate almost entirely locally grown food. But, over time, our diet has changed and we no longer eat the variety of locally grown foods we used to. At the same time, our rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity have increased massively. When it comes to healthy food choices, maybe we need to pay more attention to where our food is coming from? Continue reading

Why Our Diet Is Hurting Our Economy

Why Our Diet Is Hurting Our Economy
South Africa used to be fully self-sufficient from a food perspective. We had some of the most productive farmers in the world and arguably still do. In the last 30 years, we have gone from being a net exporter of food by volume to now being a net importer in almost 60% of all food categories. We have scaled up our production of high-value export items like wine and scaled way back on the staples like grains and vegetables Continue reading

What It's Really Like to Live Zero Waste

What It's Really Like to Live Zero Waste
Living zero waste isn't the same for everyone. It is location specific and household specific. We all eat different things, shop at different places and have different priorities. Contrary to what many people think, moving to a zero waste lifestyle is not a hugely overwhelming task that takes a lot of time. It is just a series of steps. So much so that it was a lifestyle that we almost stumbled into. As what we were doing was causing our waste pile to get smaller we became more aware of what was driving our remaining waste. We could focus on specific solutions. We still don't have solutions to everything but enough to absolve the need for a landfill bin altogether. Continue reading

Why We Choose to Live Zero Waste in South Africa

Why We Choose to Live Zero Waste in South Africa
When people find out we choose to live zero waste the reactions vary. For some, the concept seems so impossible it can't possibly be true. Some find meeting someone who actually lives a zero-waste lifestyle fascinating. Many are interested but had written it off as an impractical concept. Many more get stuck on the "why"; unable to link the effort to change with any real benefit. No matter the reaction it always evokes a lot of conversation and questions. Continue reading

Why We Can't Recycle Our Way Out Of The Plastic Problem

Why We Can't Recycle Our Way Out Of The Plastic Problem
In the last decade, we have created more plastic waste than all the plastic produced in the world prior to 2008. What will the next generation have to deal with if we carry on? It's great that more people are becoming conscious of the plastic problem and making an effort to recycle! But, when it comes to plastic recycling, it's a bit more complex than switching from the landfill bin to the recycling bin. Plastic recycling isn't THE solution to our plastic pollution problem. Here's why ... Continue reading

Common Recycling Myths Debunked

Common Recycling Myths Debunked
For those concerned with living more consciously or zero waste, recycling is likely a part of your daily life. You are probably familiar with the warm fuzzy feeling you get knowing you doing something good. And you absolutely are doing something good! In a world where packaging is unavoidable and constantly not reusable, recycling is the only option to reduce waste. But, how much do you really know about recycling in South Africa, or even in the town you live in? How sure are you that you are doing it right? Continue reading

Your Waste Impact: What You Should Know As A South African

Your Waste Impact: What You Should Know As A South African
The impact of our waste disposal as South Africans is a bit like our use of drinking water or processed meats - unless there is a major drought or listeria outbreak we don't think about it. If you do think about your waste you might consider the impact on environmental protection. What if we told you your household waste is impacting the landlessness and cycle of poverty in South Africa? Whether your heartstrings are attached more to the wellbeing of people, the environment or the economy, the impact of our waste in South Africa, specifically our household waste, will make you cringe. Continue reading