Monthly archives "March 2014"

A sapling a day and a new day

It’s a big week for us as we’ve finally outgrown squeezing everything into one day a week. From this week, we will be delivering on two days a week. We head north on Wednesdays, and south on Thursdays.

It also means that for deliveries in the north, the cutoff time is now Monday 2pm for delivery on Wednesday, while deliveries to the south are unchanged, with a Tuesday 2pm cutoff time for delivery on Thursday.

Crops don’t only get harvested one day a week, and this will help some of the farms spread the load a little bit. Also, our packing staff, some of whom only work for us one day a week, won’t be frenziedly packing all day and night Wednesday, and some will have an extra day’s (or night’s) work.

If you’re unsure when we’ll be delivering, all information about which day we deliver to which delivery region or collection point is on the site, or ask Anique for help by replying to this email.

Please bear with us if there’re any system or logistical glitches for the first week of our new arrangement.

A Sapling a Day
The year was 1979, and a teenager in India saw the floods come, with trees uprooted and hundreds of dead animals littering the banks. He had already noticed the reduction in migratory birds, and the village elders told him that this was due to deforestation. Animals lost their homes and birds had less wild lands to visit. They suggested he plant trees to help reduce the damage.

And plant trees he did. Every day for 34 years he has planted trees, and the area has been transformed into a lush forest of 550 hectares, supporting wild elephants, tigers, deer and rhino.

Watering the newly-planted saplings was quickly impractical, so he designed bamboo platforms for each tree, holding earthen pots with small holes, which would slowly drip down quenching the thirst of the young saplings.

With the initial forest now sustainable, he is now planting another forest of 150 hectares.

Too many of us look at the scope of the challenges or the long journey ahead, wonder what we alone can do, and, discouraged, fail to even start. But making a difference is easy really. Just aim in the right direction, and start walking. Time takes care of all the rest.

New Collection Points
There’ve been quite a few new collection points added recently. Aniyor Bakery Cafe in Thibault Square, Alive Cafe in Muizenberg, Greenhouse in Newlands, Mellissa’s in Paarl, Die Breytenbach Galery in Wellington, and the Constantia Waldorf School is also back. If you want to choose a new default collection point, or update any contact information, you can click “Change Details” at the top of the page.

If you’re interested in being a collection point (and we’re particularly looking in the Green Point/Sea Point and Milnerton areas), drop us a mail and we’ll let you know what it’s all about.

Have a great week,
the Ethical team

Head on over to www.ethical.org.za to place your order before Monday or Tuesday 2pm, and remember that you can follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.