First Choice in partnership with GreenPop planted 20 trees at Perivale Primary School, Plumstead during a planting workshop as part of its, ‘it’s all good’ campaign.
‘It’s all good’ is First Choice’s ethos when it comes to sustainability, good-environmental practices, ethical business and quality dairy products, and the planting workshop is an extension of this.
The dairy behind First Choice, Woodlands Dairy, believes we all need to balance the pursuit of business success together with making the world a better place. “The planet is important to us,” remarks Woodlands Dairy/First Choice designation, name. “As a company we have programme to ensure sustainability which also encompasses people and profits.
“We live in a time of unprecedented change. In business we face challenges and opportunities that are more critical and complex than ever before – where the consequences of failure are unimaginable and the impact of our decisions are felt instantly across the planet.”
Involving pupils from Perivale Primary School in the workshop, extends the message that we all need to look after our environment, “we hope the message stays with them throughout life,” adds surname.
We had the pleasure of spending the day with Sandile and David from Wildlands.
Wildlands have a compelling mission, one that we can all agree with. This is it: Imagine a world where the poorest of the poor could feed themselves, clothe themselves, educate themselves, house themselves – by growing and bartering trees and collecting waste, all while conserving their natural environment and heritage.
As simple it sounds, it takes incredible amount of passion and commitment to make it a reality.
We spent the day with Sandile and Michael at Cato where they are creating a food garden. This garden is the used to teach members of the community how to grow their own food in a sustainable way. Food security is a very big issue in South Africa
These are the other programs they have:
Trees for Life – This was first piloted in northern KwaZulu-Natal in 2004 and gives jobless and marginalised individuals the chance to “grow” themselves out of poverty by propagating indigenous trees and bartering these trees for livelihood support. We call these inspirational souls – Tree-preneurs.
Greening your Future – Through this programme, the trees propagated by Tree-preneurs, are planted into restoration sites, restoring indigenous forests, riparian zones and sequestering carbon that local communities can trade as a source of annuity income. More than 1 million indigenous trees are planted into degraded areas – covering thousands of hectares, annually.
Recycling for Life – This programme allows poverty stricken and marginalised people to collect and trade recyclable waste for livelihood support. Wildlands’ network of Waste-preneurs fulfil a very important function of cleaning their communities, removing glass, plastic, cans and paper from local water sources and communal areas, and ultimately creating clean environments for local residents.
Clothes for Life – This is a new programme which was launched in April 2015. Green-preneurs (the collective term for Waste-preneurs and Tree-preneurs) , will now be able barter their trees and waste for bundles of good quality, second hand clothing, collected by schools all over Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
Ubuntu Earth – This programme is founded on the principle that human well-being and environmental health are directly linked.
Khuthaza Business – This is a Wildlands’ Small and Micro Enterprise Development project, started in 2013, anchored by Mondi, Mondi Zimele and the South African Sugar Association (SASA) has enabled over 90 capital grants in exchange for trees.
Conservation SPACE – (Species, People and the Conservation of the Environment) This programme aims to expand the conservation of natural areas through various means. This includes direct land acquisition and proclamation, working with local communities and landowners to secure and proclaim land, and through funding the work of other organisations.
And now Sustainable Food Gardens!