Billie Eilish Eco-Friendly World Music Tour

Billie Eilish Eco-Friendly World Music Tour

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Millenials and Gen Z’s are going to save the world. Though, in all fairness, they’ve been forced to take the helm of a sinking ship, these respective generations are doing an eco-friendliness like society has never seen before. 

And it’s making some big waves.

The Hollywood Foreign Press made history on 5 January 2020, by serving the first plant-based menu at the Golden Globes. They announced that it formed part of their sustainability efforts, and that they were planning to go vegan for all five of their major award ceremonies.

This is proof that any brand, company or conglomeration can be earth-conscious on a macro scale.

I’ve attended my fair share of music festival that have recycling bins, utilise water-wise bathrooms and have cashless bar systems. What Billie Eilish is committing to do incorporates all of these elements and elevate them.  Though she won’t be making a turn in South Africa, Eilish’s ‘Where Do We Go’ tour that kicks off in March will bring eco-awareness to 40 different cities across 17 countries

“Our Earth is warming up and our oceans are rising. Extreme weather is wrecking millions of lives,” the 18-year-old eco-warrior shared in a video released last year. It’s going to take a great amount of effort to treat our current climate emergency, and Eilish is collaborating with non-profit organisation Reverb to create a concert model that best honours the planet. 

Plastic straws have been banned and concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles. Each venue will have a dedicated eco-village where fans can attend seminars and demonstrations that cover the subject of conservation and going green.

The first international performing artist to make a statement about eco-awareness on such a grand scale, Billie Eilish is certainly setting trends that fellow musicians will follow. Most of the concert venues she will be performing at have a capacity of 20 000+. By simultaneously proving that many people can be catered for in an earth-friendly way while using the opportunity to educate her audience about the urgent need to practise conservation, Eilish is using her influence in a way no one has before. Glastonbury, Burning Man, Coachella, Rocking the Daisies etc, have all made their own efforts to be eco-friendly, but individual acts haven’t been so bold.

Billie Eilish is proof that it doesn’t take a hero to save the world, just a few brave souls willing to do the work.

JanuWORRY Outdoor Activities in Cape Town

JanuWORRY Outdoor Activities

Even the most disciplined budgeters give themselves a little leeway during the festive season. When we’re with friends and family, it’s okay to get swept up in the excitement and spend a little more on a good bottle of wine, splurge on a special gift or spring on an upgrade for the hotel rooms. While we let the good times roll, during December, January and all its financial commitments waits patiently for us to get all the fun out of our system.

Some of us have returned to work, but the school year hasn’t started yet. If you’re looking for things to do so the little ones don’t get restless, here are a few free outdoor activities to keep you all entertained.

HIKE

The wonderful thing about enjoying the great outdoors is that it costs you nothing. Strap into your hiking shoes and get uninterrupted facetime with Mother Nature along any of the 10 main routes and trails within the city. 

Lion’s Head and Table Mountain are arguably the most popular hikes, mainly because the views each summit offer are second to none. They are quite tricky to navigate if you have little ones with you. I’d suggest packing a picnic and exploring the Newlands Forest.  If you’re willing to take a trip a little out of town, Kogelberg Biosphere is bursting with fragrant flora and enthusiastic fauna your kids will love frolicking in.

As always, pack enough water to keep yourselves hydrated and a few snacks to carry you through the leisurely cardio.

BEACH

Cape Town offers a brag of blue flag beaches for you and your family to enjoy. I’ll always recommend Clifton 4th because it is one of the smaller, less frequented locations that will offer you and your party some privacy. Camps Bay is equally beautiful and is always full of enough families that your kids will be able to make a few new friends if you want to catch up on some reading.

If you forget your beach umbrella at home, fret not, there are a whole manner of rentable beach gear at most of the beaches. Don’t forget your sunscreen. If you’re going to brave the Atlantic Ocean water, you’ll definitely be laying in the direct sun to warm yourself back up. Protect your skin against those harsh rays.

COMPANY GARDENS

I’ve heard tales of a mythical squirrel that wanders within the inner city public gardens. This elusive rodent doesn’t look like other rodents, if you want to solve the mystery of the squirrel, you’ll have to go and see for yourself. 

Company Gardens is a great place to spend the afternoon playing frisbee or having fun with the other animals that call this slice of bliss home.  You can get into some bird watching, marvel at the bouquet of flowers and trees that grow unbounded.

ART CRAWL

No one can accuse the Mother City of being boring because there’s a little bit for everyone within her walls. Surfers can drive out to Muizenburg to catch a few waves, shoppers have a number of malls and high streets to choose from, and those looking for a little culture can enjoy some of the best art galleries that all sit a few meters away from each other.

Loop Street and Bree Street are awash with charming galleries where you can appreciate art, buy a few pieces for yourself, or even commission original works from the artists themselves. You will have to purchase a ticket to see a show, if you’re partial to art of the theatrical kind. Between the Fugard Theatre, Artscape, District Theatre, Baxter Theatre, Alexander Bar and Theatre on The Bay – to name a few –  you’ll have countless options to choose from.

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We’ve put together some of our favourite recipes that meet the requirements for the Whole30 programme!

Whole30 Vegetarian Power Bowl

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Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai (Paleo + Whole30)

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Greek Veggie Bowls (Whole30 Approved)

Chocolate Coconut Date Balls

Mini Heart-Shaped Sweet Potato Pizza

Creamy Vegan Parmesan & Pine Nut Kale

Tumeric Spiced Collagen Latte

Immune-Boosting Adaptogen Soup

 

 

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New Year = New Me: (ECO)nstructive Resolutions for 2020

New Year = New Me (ECO)nstructive Resolutions for 2020

SAY ‘NO’ TO PLASTIC

FTN is trying to rid the world of single-use plastic one straw, grocery bag, and roll of cling film at a time. We’ve run campaigns trying to educate consumers of the effects plastic waste has on the environment. Earlier this year, Capetonians met a fish named Faithful at the V&A Waterfront. The 4.5m-long by 2.5m-high installation was intended to show the public that plastic ends up in the ocean and pollutes our marine life.

We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk too. 

Giving up plastic entirely is incredibly tough – our whole world has built around the use thereof – but times are changing, one product at a time, and this means that – so can you. Bring your awareness to the ways in which we use and interact with plastic is an incredibly mind-opening experience. Starting with some of the main (and easy to tackle culprits) like a takeaway coffee cups is and great start. And from there the use of plastic products, in general, will start to drop drastically – and logically. It’s not impossible. One of our Faithful journo’s has some practical and actionable tips on how to replace single-use products with more sustainable ones. 

REMEMBER: when you get rid of your plastic items, do so responsibly. If there’s a way to repurpose them, then do so, if not then definitely recycle.

PLANT A TREE

For some reason, we’ve stopped talking about the devastating fire that consumed California and the Amazon for weeks. And now, Australia is experiencing fires on an even larger and more catastrophic level. The belt of forest in the Amazon can be seen as the earth’s lungs and we need to consider how to deal with the aftermath because when we lose it, we will begin to feel the effects of our CO2 emissions in distressing ways.

Planting a single tree might not save the world, but if we all decide to sow a single seed, we are investing in our future.

In Mozambique there were mango trees lining the streets and, it being summer, the fruits were ripe enough that any passing pedestrian could pick to their heart’s delight. Why not cultivate a fruit of vegetable plant until it becomes a seedling, then re-pot it in municipal land that is accessible to the public. It might take a year or two to bear fruit, but when it does, homeless people will have the option of feeding themselves something nutritious. While it is developing, your little project will be doing its part to inhale carbon dioxide and exhale breathable air for humans. A bonus is that the humble honey bee has something to pollinate and there is nectar for it to feed on, who knows how many organisms your initial action will be helping.

ECO-SHAMING 

Eco-shaming is a bit of new concept but you get the idea. We have walked around for long enough politely letting people know what kind of reckless behaviour is no longer appropriate for the successful growth of the earth. It is time the politeness goes out the window. The plight of the planet is now fully known, we’ve been singing this song for long enough for ignorance to no longer be a thing. And furthermore, the plight of the planet is a shared one. It requires collective thinking and action to create the shift needed.

So you no longer need to worry about the awkward moments created or the demoralising interactions shared with retailers who refuse to accept any responsibility. 

Show people how and continue to educate with the eco-fire that is needed to set our hearts and actions alight. We don’t have the time to place and shift blame as to who is responsible for the state of our planet. We have to act. Right now. Collectively.

Educate your loved ones and you’ll be amazed at what they begin to do with the information. 

PRIORITIZE SELF-CARE

Full cups overflow. When you are at your best, you are your best for those around you. The planet needs your best efforts. Don’t wait until your burnout to get help, you’ll only end up reaching for quick-fix solutions that aren’t sustainable for yourself or the planet. 

Have you considered incorporating micro self-care practices into your day-to-day? Something like spending just one hour a day outside. And not outside as in dashing from my apartment to the deli downstairs for a cup of hot chocolate or waiting five minutes at the MyCiti stop. No, I intentionally put my phone on aeroplane mode and spend 60 uninterrupted minutes walking along the R27. It’s mostly at sunset because the view of Table Mountain across the bay is magnificent. The fresh air and Vitamin D make my lungs and skin happy. The cardio gets my muscles working; I also get a healthy dose of endorphins and dopamine. It’s all absolutely free and beats wasting electricity binging Netflix on the couch.

UNCLUTTER YOUR LIFE

An ex of mine once told me that we are given things to share. He didn’t know it at the time, but he had planted a proverbial seed. Now, I make it a point to get rid of as many new things that I buy. Last month, I treated myself to a beautiful jumpsuit from poetry, and two pairs of earrings. When I got home, I placed a pair of sneakers, a sweater and a summer dress into a paper bag, dashed to the store and bought a loaf of bread, a carton of milk as well as a toothbrush and some toothpaste. The care package I put together went to a homeless person who frequents the park near my apartment building.

If we all donate, regift or repurpose things we don’t use anymore, the demand to keep producing will certainly decrease drastically. Most of the clothes in my wardrobe are hand-me-downs from my mama. My cutlery and crockery are antique items she’s collected over the years too. The only things I really spend any money on are food and cleaning items. Heck, I sold my car because the public transport system in Cape Town is so impressive. 

Get into the habit of getting rid of things that you don’t use habitually. You’ll find you’re less stressed, you save more money and help Mother Nature in the process.

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YOUTH LEADING THE CHARGE

For all the grief Millennials and Gen Zs get, they really are the ones spearheading the green revolution. They are a group of incredibly conscious consumers who have clued themselves up on reading product labels and ingredient lists. Though there are certain undesirable aspects of what is called ‘cancel culture,’ but the upside is that they are willing to tweet, gram, yelp a company into extinction if they harming the environment they are trying to protect.

And it’s effective.

Eco-irresponsibility is beginning to affect a lot of business’s bottom lines. Conglomerates like Unilever have had to take a hard look at some of their entities. They are incorporating green practises as part of their business strategy.

I haven’t even mentioned the young eco-warriors disrupting the status quo and leaving policymakers quaking in their boots. Who didn’t feel ashamed when Greta Thunberg bawled, “How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and childhood,” at the UN Climate Action Summit back in September. The 16-year-old Swede is just but one of the countless young activists calling people all to order. In 2020, we’re going to see a lot more youth rallying together to effect change for the benefit of the environment in a way we haven’t seen before.

GREEN TECHNOLOGY

The general theme for 2020 is to take things further. We are entering a new decade cycle and the catalogue of apps that help you sift through the companies that test on animals and dump toxic waste into our water sources aren’t going to cut it. We need to level up on our clean technology.

If you don’t have LED lights or low-flow faucets yet, you’re going to soon be lapped by developments in echo dots that save on buying a whole host of devices for your home and office.

HOLISTIC WELLBEING

Who would’ve thought that prioritising self-care would be environmentally friendly? Cleaning your clutter and donating all your unused or unwanted items, instead of throwing them out, is a simple exercise that Mother Nature will appreciate.

Replace retail therapy with a barefoot walk along the beach or full body massage.

You see, when we take better care of ourselves on a daily basis, we decrease the risk of feeling run down. I can always tell I’m running on empty when I order out more than usual. Cooking for myself is a form of self-care I perform daily. When I pop into a Mcdonalds or Drive Thru a KFC, I am telling my body that I can’t be bothered to intentionally sustain it with quality ingredients. Sure, eating out can be a form of self-care too. There is a huge difference between treating yourself to dinner at a restaurant that sources ethically grown ingredients, locally, and damaging your body with GMO foods that come from macro farms responsible for immense deforestation.

KEEPING IT CLOSE TO HOME

If you’re a regular FTN reader, you’ll be familiar with this concept; I am an enthusiastic advocate for shopping locally because the benefits for the environment as well as the economy are undeniable. The surge of local artisans, this year, has made this undertaking incredibly easy.

Picture this: Jonathan from your pilates class has a stall at the farmers market, where he sells his probiotic preserves and pickles. Nhlanhla, who’s daughter is part of the same after school programme as your kid, repurposes discarded fabric to make beautiful quilts to keep people warm during winter. Would it not feel better supporting small business owners, who really are the backbone of our economy, while reducing your carbon footprint at the same time?

Supporting local merchandisers creates a great sense of community which has shown to increase volunteerism. When you feel part of something bigger than yourself, you work harder to preserve it for both yourself and those around you.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PRODUCTION

If the return of load shedding in South Africa, and the subsequent excuses given is anything to go by – wet coal and sabotagers – the need for other forms of energy production is clear. As mentioned a bit earlier, in 2020 we are taking our efforts a step further.

Solar power has helped the few who have invested in panels, geysers, and other apparatus. So what developments can we look forward to next year? It seems we’ll be seeing more sustainable energy generation in public spaces and homes because it is becoming increasingly affordable. Products that facilitate micro-generation of electricity in the home will be easily purchasable and implementable.

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Vegan Almond, Date and Orange Brioche

Vegan Almond, Date and Orange Brioche

These light,  soft and sweet Christmas morning buns are perfect as a decadent breakfast or with ice cream a delicious dessert for the festive season. And remember to plan ahead as the dough needs to rise overnight!

Prepping time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes
Rising time: 8 hours or overnight
Serves: 10 – 12

Vegan Almond, Date and Orange Brioche

INGREDIENTS: 

DOUGH 

  • 100g coconut oil (ghee or butter if not vegan) 
  • almond milk (or plant-based milk of choice ) 
  • 1 Tbsp instant yeast 
  • ½ cup coconut sugar 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 3 ½ all-purpose flour 
  • 1 orange zest 

FILLING

METHOD: 

  1. In a large bowl whisk the flour, yeast, salt and coconut sugar together. 
  2. In a small saucepan add the milk and coconut oil/ ghee over low heat. Stir continuously for 2-3 minutes until the coconut oil/ghee has melted. 
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to combine and use your hands if necessary then add the orange zest before the mixture is combined completely. 
  4. Sprinkle a little floVegan Almond, Date and Orange Brioche5ur on a clean surface, scoop the dough out of the bowl and knead the dough for about 8 minutes. The dough should be elastic, not sticky. Form a nice round ball with the dough and put the dough back into the bowl. Cover with a clean dishcloth or cling wrap. Let it rise overnight in the fridge or for about 8 hours at room temperature. 
  5. The next day the dough should have risen twice it’s size. Scoop the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently roll out into a rectangular.  
  6. Use a knife to spread almond butter evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Then sprinkle over the chopped dates, coconut sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. 
  7. Roll the dough up starting with the longest side facing you. Then use a serrated knife or unflavored floss to slice the roll into 10-12 pieces about 5 cm each. 
  8. Place the rolls into the lightly oiled muffin tin with the swirl facing up. Allow the rolls to proof on top of the oven while the oven preheats to 180C. Then bake for 15-20 minutes until light golden colour on top. 
  9. Once the buns are out of the oven place them on a cooling rack. Dust with icing sugar (or xylitol icing sugar) or drizzle with a little honey/maple syrup before serving either hot or cold.Vegan Almond, Date and Orange Brioche6

NOTES:  

If you don’t have a muffin tin, use a deep round dish or cake tin and pack the rolls tightly together. 

*Other filling options are chocolate almond butter and hazelnuts, coconut sugar and cinnamon, raisins/cranberries and walnuts with cinnamon.

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Everything Matters – The Truth About Sustainability

Everything Matters - The Truth About Sustainability

SEEING THE CHANGE NEEDED

There’s no planet B. Or a magical drain that leads to an invisible dimension where anything we pour down it just disappears; or a never-ending hole in the ground that just consumes anything we put into it; or a body of water that is not connected to anything around it.

The fact is that there is no getting away from ourselves, our habits, our beliefs or our lifestyle.

One could also get very deep and extend this to the revered spiritual law, first coined by Hermes Trismegistus, ‘As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul’ – which corresponds to the fact that everything is connected. We are all connected. Every reality we experience and create is all connected.

BEING THE CHANGING

And this is why, no matter what you believe, what anyone believes, we have to take responsibility for our actions and choices. Everything we do on this planet has an effect on this planet. Some of the potential environmental horrors that lie in store for us are just too much to comprehend and so we lie to ourselves, and suddenly believe in magic by way of the fact that problems will just disappear. That we can keep destroying the oceans and overfishing, but that in the future, there will still be life in the oceans. The reality is: if we do not change our ways, there will not be life left in the oceans, or in the forests. And so, we could carry on and on. But by virtue of you reading this, I am most probably preaching to the converted, so I will get to my point.

My point is that even with the incredible array of ethical products we stock, there is still so much room for improvement in the way we consume. While we are the first company in the world to sell our products according to the strict ethical guidelines that we have, such as palm oil, the very fact that we need to do this is because there is room for improvement. (Side note on the palm oil: we have a filter for palm oil because we still have a few products with palm oil in it, but are working hard at pushing back at suppliers to exclude it from their ranges).

We sell wooden products because they are better than plastic products. And even though the wooden products all come from sustainably managed projects to produce that wood, we are still cutting down trees for our consumption.

PARTNERING WITH GAME-CHANGERS

And this is why we have very carefully selected GreenPop to partner with during our festive celebrations this year. As a retailer, we feel it’s important to be involved in creating as much excitement and value for you as we can during these commercial events. We want the green choice to be the easy choice, but we want to be putting something back ‘in’, from all that we take ‘out.’

Greenpop is the much loved, award-winning registered non-profit organisation headquartered in Cape Town. They work to restore ecosystems and empower environmental stewards through reforestation, urban greening, sustainable development, and environmental art projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 115,000 trees and inspired over 132,000 active citizens across South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.

Greenpop aims to plant 500,000 trees to restore degraded forest areas, increase biodiversity, and expand ecosystem services across Sub-Saharan Africa by 2025 through their programme, Forests for Life.

Forests provide vital services to both people and the planet, bolstering livelihoods, providing clean air and water, conserving biodiversity and responding to climate change. They act as a source of food, medicine, and fuel for more than one billion people. In addition to putting trees in the ground, they also reduce threats to restored areas by providing locally relevant support services including alien clearing, wood lot development, and alternative livelihoods training to ensure the sustainable management of our forests.

Throughout November and December, we will be donating towards their Forests For Life project for reforestation.

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Sniffer Rats and Muthi markets: 9 Innovative Ways Conservationists are Tackling Poaching

When it comes to tackling poaching, where do you even start? We’re told that for poachers, it’s often a matter of putting food on the table, which means they’re desperate to try every approach they can just in case it works. Conservation groups like the Endangered Wildlife Trust are starting to think the same, leaving no stone unturned in their quest to prevent crimes against wildlife and save precious and dwindling species. In the past year, they’ve embraced the following approaches;

  • IN A POACHER’S FOOTSTEPS

Using similar methods they have for tracking wildlife; rangers in six important rhino reserves have started assessing poachers by looking at signs such as footprints, breaks in the fence line and evidence that people were sleeping in an area. These observations are analysed on a programme called CMore and inform the rangers where patrols should be deployed in a way that will best protect rhinos. 

  • SNIFFER RATS

It’s exceptionally challenging for law enforcement officers to keep a handle on what is coming and going at a shipping port. The Dar Es Salaam port in Tanzania, for example, handles over 12,500,000 tons of cargo per year. Searching this volume is a logistical nightmare. So conservationists turned to the rat, an animal that has been associated with ports and ships for hundreds of years.

They’ve started working with the African giant pouched rat to detect wildlife contraband in shipping ports. To date, they have successfully trained the rats to detect pangolins and rosewood – two species rampant in the illegal trade market. All 11 rats are identifying pangolin and rosewood samples at 80% accuracy on average, with very few false alarms. Ultimately, the rats will be able to detect pangolin scales hidden in a cargo of coffee beans. 

  • WILDLIFE CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION 

The Endangered Wildlife Trust also runs a training course to help with first responders at a wildlife crime scene. The modules cover arrests, search, seizure, collection of evidence and court testimony. They hosted 15 training courses over the last year and trained 300 participants from the Kruger National Park and protected areas in the Northern Cape. 

  • CONSERVATION CANINES 

Tracker dogs are vital to the cause, and they actually fulfil a range of roles. The Endangered Wildlife Trust provides three different types of tracker dogs:

  1. Dogs that can follow the scent of humans to allow the anti-poaching unit to track poachers through the bush. In one of the reserves where a dog was deployed, no rhinos were poached in more than 372 days, while their neighbours all lost rhinos. Another reserve was losing more than ten rhinos a year. Tellingly, within three months of the dogs being introduced, a major arrest was made, and the reserve has now gone nine months without poaching. 
  2. Dogs that have been trained to sniff out various items such as rhino horn, ivory, pangolin and ammunition.
  3. Dogs who support the Black Mambas, an all-female anti-poaching unit based at Balule Private Game Reserve near Hoedspruit. These women walk patrols of up to 20km per day, unarmed in Big 5 country. The dogs walk with them, providing an added layer of visible policing, and act as a first warning system for dangerous game in the area. 
  • INVOLVING THE COMMUNITY 

Communities living near protected areas have had little chance to participate in decisions around rhino management in the past. Their continued marginalisation has negatively impacted their attitude towards conservation. But the Restorative Justice Project aims to enhance community involvement. This project has been included in the Rhino Action Plan developed by the Department of Environmental Affairs. 

  • SAVING THE CYCAD 

Over the last year, The Endangered Wildlife Trust hosted an Advanced Cycad Law Enforcement Course to teach law enforcement officials to identify cycad species. There are now 10 more officials with specialised cycad law enforcement skills, who are ready to tackle cycad poaching in South Africa.

  • TACKLING CYBERCRIME 

The Endangered Wildlife Trust hosted the third Cybercrime training course with members from the South African Police Service and Provincial Nature Conservation. They spoke about the scope of the illegal wildlife trade and how to address this emerging practice. 

  • PROSECUTOR POP-WOW 

For prosecutors in Southern Africa, it’s invaluable for them to get together and share best practices when it comes to tackling wildlife crime. They did this at a prosecutor workshop in March 2018 hosted by The Endangered Wildlife Trust. The aim was to get all the prosecutors from the different regions on the same page with regards to strengthening prosecutions and the sentencing of wildlife crimes and to improve international collaboration. There were senior wildlife prosecutors from South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland. The workshop introduced the prosecutors to key initiatives such as victim impact statements that they can implement in prosecutions.

  • MUTHI MARKET RESEARCH 

Another unique approach was to use two students from Wits University to look into the illegal trade of pangolins locally. They conducted observational surveys for pangolins and pangolin products in muthi markets in five provinces (Gauteng, Limpopo, KZN, Limpopo and Mpumalanga) and Swaziland. They gathered an impressive amount of novel research material that has helped us better understand the demand for pangolins in southern Africa.

 

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Keep Endangered Wildlife Off The Shopping List

Since it’s formation Black Friday has taken the world by storm. And, like it or not, it is something we all get lulled into, one way or another. Black Friday is a chance to grab the hottest new tech or snag a deal on that dress you’ve been waiting for. We all tell ourselves that we don’t participate like everyone else does, that we, in fact, do it “our own way”. But do we really? 

So maybe Black Friday should be a time for reflection? 

Here’s the real “deal”; thousands of endangered animals are being mindlessly traded daily for human consumption. And we need to ask ourselves the questions that affect our future, and the future of the planet we all share: What shouldn’t be on the shopping list? 

Illegal wildlife trade is the second-biggest direct threat to species survival. And we believe that you have the right to make your money advocate for more than just the things you need and want in life. The things we buy shouldn’t include these exotic and rare creatures, and without even knowing it or thinking about it – they do. Not only is everything you buy on the Faithful To Nature website backed by a world-class ingredient policy, but this year we’ll be donating a percentage of our profits throughout our #Black5Day sale towards the Wildlife In Trade programme run by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Join us in putting our wallets where our mouths are; choose to buy products that are as good for you as they are for the earth, and ensure that your spending during this time will help us to achieve our goal of protecting our planet’s future.

Over the last two years Faithful to Nature has managed to raise over R150 000 for Organisations during their #Black5Day sale. Your spending doesn’t have to cost the earth, and in fact, with a little more thought and reflection, your spending can actually help it. 

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Drinkers Guide to Surviving the Festive Season: How to Avoid a Hangover

Drinkers Guide to Surviving the Festive Season How to Avoid a Hangover

Most of us enjoy a drink every now and again. Watching the Springbok’s bring home the rugby world cup has certainly given us a reason to get a little more boozy than usual, over the past few weeks. While the bokke have returned, and enjoyed the victory lap through the country with their cup, the average Joe and Josephine are entering a challenging final of their own. 

The Festive Season is the pinnacle drinking season of the year. Office parties, end-of-year functions and themed get-togethers are well underway. A good time doesn’t need to compromise your wallet or liver if you have a rigorous game plan. Pace yourself if you want to make it through the night, and better still, wake up with no hangover.

Remember, when it comes to session drinking, it is a marathon and not a sprint. While I don’t drink anymore, there are a few tips I’ve picked up from 13 years with the bottle. Some seem obvious, while others will definitely surprise you.

EATING ISN’T CHEATING

If I could go back and scold 20-something-year-old Inga every time she slapped fries, burgers, or a slice of pizza out of a friends hand before whining, “eating is cheating,” I would.

Lining your stomach is taught in Drinking 101 (you might not have heard of the course because it’s strictly reserved for the night school curriculum). The alcohol percentage, and amount, aren’t the only things you need to consider when drinking. How your body metabolises alcohol is important too, so help it along. 

Eating a balanced meal is especially important before heading into a night of heavy drinking. So skip the salad and tuck into a plate of complex carbohydrates, good fats and protein – I hear red meat is great because the amino acids help process booze.

HYDRATE

For every drink, there has to be a glass of water. Your liver needs the extra help to flush out as much alcohol as it can. If you’re alternating between booze and aqua, you won’t have to shock your body by chugging a litre of H2O at the end of the night. 

What I have found to work is swapping out still water for sparkling. A vivacious American shared the tip at a dinner party I attended two years ago. I tried it once and because it worked so well, I recommended it to all my friends who now do the same. Though Nisa harped on about how the bubbles helped metabolise the alcohol quicker, the scientific explanation is even more of a mouthful. Just take my word on this one – it works.

Activated charcoal has been used as an antioxidant for generations. Drink a glass of this before bed and you should wake up feeling a whole lot better than you would’ve had you skipped it.

STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR

We don’t give children a lot of sugar because their manic rush is always followed by an epic crash, right? Why do we think that after a certain age, we are miraculously exempt from the same biological phenomenon?

Cocktails and punch often go down a treat because there is enough sweetness to mask the sharp taste of alcohol. But as you sip on your long island iced tea or brandy and coke, you’re body is stockpiling on sugar that’ll have you dancing on tables one moment, and cursing the day you ever picked up a drink the next.

But wine has sugar too, you might be saying. This is true. Which is why I often stick to tequila on the rocks or whiskey and water. The sugar content is much lower in liquor, so if you drink it neat (or with a splash of soda water, a block of ice, or a little water) you won’t suffer a sugar crash hangover the next morning.

SKIP THE SMOKES

Regular- and social-smokers alike, while I can totally appreciate how sweet a cigarette is while you’re drinking (I’ve been nicotine free going on four years now) the grogginess you feel in the morning isn’t worth it.

Cigarettes and alcohol both contain acetaldehyde, which is thought to be the chemical behind hangovers. When you smoke, you’re doubling up on the chemical that makes you feel horrible the morning after a night out. 

Carrying a pack of gum has helped me a lot. When I’m feeling a little tense, I’ll chew some gum and it sorts me right out because I know I was smoking because of the oral fixation and social anxiety. Find a method that works for you.

STICK TO TOP SHELF LIQUOR

The drinking club at my university had this tradition of starting out with a challenge called the Crackling Bomb. A 1.5L bottle of Autumn Harvest was tapped to your hand and you could do nothing else until that you saw the bottom of the bottle. Every guzzle was followed by a wince because the wine had an alarming fizz to it and burned all the way down your throat.

When you drink cheap alcohol, your mouth suffers for a moment, but the rest of your body suffers the entire time it tries to digest the stuff.

You must’ve noticed that you’ll have a nasty hangover is you drink cheap or box wine, but wake up feeling perky when you splurge on a R200+ bottle of grape. The same goes with hard tac, so if you want to avoid a hangover, pay a little extra for it.

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