These small businesses are SimplyBiz green superheroes, either because they are active in the green economy or because they are taking sustainability seriously. Check out their going green tips and support them!
#Handsup 🙌 ♻️🌍 Well done to EeziSeal for doing their bit to protect our marine life. Did you know - Plastic waste makes up 80% of all marine pollution?*
"All our products are manufactured from recycled plastic, High-density polyethylene (HDPE) – to date, we have recycled in excess of 2,000 kg of plastic - in time to come this number will increase as sales volume increases. These are all new patented products. Administration is digital."
Connect with Antonius Kempen, EeziSeal
#HandsUp 🙌 ♻️🌍 Shout out to Bree Probiotics who believe profits and planet can coexist!
"Going green means being profitable without compromising the environment. Every business decision is made with the environment considered."
Mike Strachan, Bree Probiotics
Agrigreat Envirocare and Soiltech
Congratulations to Buyiswa Twala of Agrigreat Envirocare and Soiltech, winner of our Green Superheroes competition. For her, going green really did make rands and sense!
#Handsup 🙌 ♻️🌍 We love this sustainable cradle-to-grave thinking!
"Going green for business owners usually involves taking into account their company's overall environmental friendliness. If you sell products, this means considering how green your product can be throughout its life cycle, from creation to packaging, delivery, and eventual disposal."
The circular economy hmmm – maybe there’s a reason the world is round?
Connect with Mthobisi Glen Sehlabela, Rated Original
FillnPay: Soap Refill Station
#HandsUp 🙌 ♻️🌍 Way to go FillnPay for promoting reusable packaging! As your granny always said, "waste not, want not".
"Recycling! Minimal waste!! That's why we offer our products in returnable packaging. Once you are done with our packaging, you simply put it out for collection on your next delivery day!
We believe strongly in recycling. So next time, don’t throw away your bottle."
How effective are your recycling efforts?
Connect with Martin Lesole Manganye, FillnPay: Soap Refill Station
Green Start Ideas
#Handsup 🙌 ♻️🌍 Get inspired by Green Start Ideas and be part of the solution.
"As a footwear and apparel designer, I am a first-hand witness to the ecological distress that consuming these products has caused the environment. I have dedicated my design practice to help brands create better products for people and the planet. This means helping them to understand the life cycle of their products, and the possibility of having a use long after the initial first lifecycle of benefit has been completed, and helping these brands and start-ups to think about the planetary and social impact their products have on the world.
The challenges experienced are usually around changing stakeholder mindsets. Manufacturers are usually the toughest crowd to please as they've operated for decades in the same way. I think the key to getting the message across is educational content that continues to draw their attention."
Do you have an inspiring story to share – tell us in the comments below.
Connect with Ridhwana Shaik, Green Start Ideas
Remo Projects and Holdings
#Handsup 🙌 ♻️🌍 Remo Projects are balancing the bottom line and sustainability.
"To me, going green means running a productive company while taking care of the environment, and nature in general, making sure you don't pollute or kill any plants and animals unnecessarily."
Mosiwa Nazi, Remo Projects and Holdings
Let's help them stay green and in the black by supporting them www.remo-projects-and-holdings.business.site
How's your balancing act going?
#HandsUp 🙌 ♻️🌍 Well done to Wickfords for persevering in educating people about sustainability.
"I find that people do not easily accept different ways of thinking. Most of them are set in their beliefs and it needs some convincing to change their way of thinking. However, once they see the end result, they are impressed."
How do you go about educating stakeholders?
Connect with Arnoldus Bosman, Wickfords
It's testimonials like this that make us go all warm and fuzzy inside! Well done to Lethabo of Brought Cargo. We trust your prize will boost your business!
"I am truly thankful to SimplyBiz and how it helps us as businesses. Here is our amazing business website https://broughtcargo.herokuapp.com/" Lethabo Maphopha
Could your business use Brought Cargo?
#Handsup 🙌 ♻️🌍 We're backing the businesses backing our planet!
"We predominantly operate as a paperless business to reduce the amount of paper we consume and this in essence reduces our demand for commercial plantation trees – key carbon dioxide ecosystem agents.
We have installed a grey water system that enables us to use water used to wash our dishes to water our garden and lawn. We also recycle and reuse our waste to reduce what is being sent to landfills.
We have invested in a solar system to provide us with backup power when we're loadshed and we have increased the use of greener and cleaner fuels (transforming the national energy mix to use less fossil fuels).
Lastly, we also work with our clients to reduce their emissions and achieve carbon neutral and net zero goals through our ESG (environmental, sustainability and governance) advisory function."
Connect with James Maposa, Birguid
☝️ What one thing will you commit to doing?
HandsUp! Mineral Moon for taking the green journey to heart! 💚 ♻️
"Green to me means taking every possible consideration from the cradle to the grave when it comes to sustainable, eco-centric production, practice and distribution. Adopt what works well and learn from the challenges you identify – always be willing to learn and dig deeper, tap into what sets you apart and dream really, really big – you can make a difference, and every single little step counts. It doesn't matter how long it takes. There is no value you can assign to being an Eco-warrior. We have a legacy to protect for our youth."
Every little bit helps... How are you doing on your sustainability journey? Share your ideas here.
Connect with Daniella Luisa Perdigão, Mineral Moon
🙌 ♻️🌍 #Handsup to Khepri Innovations for being a part of the solution.
"We are a green company by design, and our solution was built to tackle waste. We have diverted 800 tons of organic waste from Feb 2022 – December 2022. The challenge is finding finance for specialised machinery."
What specialised machinery do you need in your business?
Connect with Bandile Dlabantu, Khepri Innovations
#Handsup! 🙌 ♻️🌍 This is one fashion business that is taking its sustainability responsibility seriously.
"We do not like any waste and have several innovative ways to use all waste materials that we use. We sublimate fabrics to get our own prints. However, large paper rolls are a waste product after the sublimation process. We use these paper rolls to cut and make paper bags, which we use to package our clothing for customers. All scrap fabrics are on-donated. Some people use it to make small craft items that they sell. Other people use it as stuffing for beds that they make for the SPCA (beds for cats and dogs). Nothing goes to waste."
What are you doing to reduce wastage?
Support Maryna Wessels, Authentic Fashions
#HandsUp 🙌 ♻️🌍 Vuselela Davis are going one step further than sustainable.
"At Vuselela Davis, we believe in moving beyond Sustainability to regenerative operating and decision-making. We work with leaders to work on their Inner Sustainability Goals and shift their mindsets from a mechanised, reductionist worldview of business to one of the complex living systems that are attached to eco-systems, where the leader is the facilitator and relationship builder of these ecosystems. This takes courage to be and lead differently – we are here to co-create a safe space for leaders to unpack this regenerative executive identity."
Connect with Colleen Davis, Vuselela Davis
#Handsup to At Farmer's Choice who are getting it right on so many levels! 🙌 ♻️🌍
"At Farmers Choice, we believe in zero chemicals, carbon-free footprint as we create rooftop farms in shopping centres and buildings, which therefore helps in creating green spaces."
Andile Matukane, Farmers Choice