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Importance of Recycling and Supporting Local Brands


We know that protecting the environment is important, but it can feel like a daunting task. A task we never really see the benefits of. With Climate Change threatening to destroy the world as we know it, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and think that you don’t have any control over your impact on the earth. However there are lots of things you can do every day to reduce waste and help the planet! Supporting local brands is an easy way to support environmental concerns while reaping a wealth of other benefits. Here are some ways that supporting local businesses and recycling can benefit you, your community, and the planet.

Recycling is a process to convert waste into new products.

When you recycle, you’re reducing your impact on the environment and preserving valuable resources. Recycling helps to save energy and reduce pollution.

In addition to helping the environment, recycling creates jobs. The money we spend on products made from recycled materials goes back into our local economy instead of being sent overseas; this means more money stays in our communities!

By buying local brands that use recycled materials, you are supporting local businesses and keeping more money circulating in your community—and that’s good for everyone (especially the patriots like myself)!

Recycling is a good way to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. It can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing:

  • Energy usage. The process of recycling uses less energy than making new products from scratch.
  • Air pollution (from incineration). Using recycled material instead of raw materials reduces air pollution that occurs during the burning or landfilling processes for trash.
  • Water pollution (from landfilling). Recycling prevents water contamination from leaking into ground water supplies because it does not involve dumping trash in landfills where toxins could leak out into the environment over time.

South Africa has done a very good job at the recycling. There is always room for improvement and growth but we are at a great starting point now. Have a read and see how recycling creates a community with pride, purpose and and less plastic.

Pollution: By reducing the need to collect new raw materials, we can reduce air pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

As you can see, there are many benefits to recycling and investing in local brands. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials that would otherwise be extracted from the earth and processed into brand new products. When we buy from big-box stores, we encourage companies to do this by buying their products—which means more natural resources will be extracted as time goes on. With every purchase made at a smaller local business you’re helping keep our planet healthy!

Supporting local brands not only helps you feel good in knowing that you’re helping to build your community but it also puts money back into your local economy.

When you support local brands, your money goes further. The money you spend on products goes directly to the people working in your community, who then spend that money in their own communities. This creates a positive cycle of wealth generation within our city/country and helps us all feel good about where we’re living.

When you support local brands, it also gives you a sense of pride in knowing that you have contributed to your community by supporting local jobs. If everyone buys their clothes from big box stores like H&M or ZARA, who are they hiring? People who work high up at those stores don’t live here; they come from different countries and spend their money outside of South Africa (which means even less tax revenue for our local economy). Every Rand spent at a locally-owned business is usually recirculated up to 3 times more locally than spending at a large “chain” store.

Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues that have been in the spotlight over recent years.

In recent years, businesses have become increasingly aware of their corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues. They have been looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment and find new methods of being socially responsible. The rise of local shopping has been part of this movement.

In recent years there has been an increase in popularity around supporting local brands and businesses that offer quality products made by hand using natural materials such as wood or wool rather than plastics which can take centuries before breaking down in landfill conditions.

This may seem like we are retreating into the past and opposing technology and machine efficiency, but we don’t really understand the consequences of moving forward do we? Ideally we want to create jobs and share skills with people. Humanity does a fantastic job and creating things with purpose and love to pass onto each other.

Think about that first macaroni necklace your child gave you or you gave to someone. It is purely about the effort and thought coming with the craftsmanship. Now if a machine made those necklaces and someone just bought it for you, would it be as special or impressive?

Yes money is important, and quality is a must! However we can achieve these two goals working with each other, with people. That is why here at The Spice Factory we are dedicated to providing quality products mixed, packed, and delivered by people. We are moving towards greener packaging solutions but we need your support to support you!


The next time you’re looking for a bottle of wine or just wanting to help the community and the planet, try local. The combination of recycling and supporting local business is a great start to bettering South Africa and the world.

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