HERE IS HOW WE PLAY OUR PART IN SUSTAINABLE LIVING
- BE PART OF OUR MISSION! -
At LEO Africa, we firmly believe that everyone has a duty to ensure our planet is a better place for present and future generations. While it is vital that government and large companies will take further steps in the near future to reduce carbon footprint, waste of natural resources, excessive, plastic packaging and unsustainable production practices, each of us can still make a huge difference in our daily life. It takes less than a minute, but it can have an impact on centuries.
Life is fantastic without plastic!
We are aware that in our society plastic is used a significant amount, but we should all try to reduce its usage by paying attention to the items we buy and their packaging. Plastic has really harmful consequences on wildlife and ecosystems, so to play our part we always try to avoid single use plastic and we educate our volunteers and staff on the importance of committing to a plastic free lifestyle.
We try to be very careful about plastic consumption because of many reasons, including:
Plastic contaminates the soil and water by leaching chemicals.
Plastic ends up as litter in trees, storm water drains, on beaches and in the ocean, being the cause of death of many fishes and sea animals; plastics in the food chain are eaten by animals, which humans then eat. To read more about why we should reduce plastic and the consequences, take a look at this factual poster.
Download this poster for 9 tips that LEO follows to reduce our plastic use.
Visit www.lessplastic.co.uk for more tips to live without plastic!
Smoking is not allowed in the Park, and in line with our conservation and sustainability efforts, as of 2020 LEO Africa will be a none smoking project.
Cigarettes have a huge impact on the environment (and your health!), such as:
1) Major cause of deforestation.
2) Tobacco plantation causes desertification and ground pollution.
3) Air pollution.
4) Contains plastic and toxic chemicals.
5) Cigarette butts are the most polluting item found on beaches.
The LEO Team is always educating our volunteers on the importance of water as a non-renewable resource and the importance on not wasting it.
We encourage people to take short showers, to wash the dishes by filling the sink with water (no running water), to close the tap while brushing teeth, and to use the washing machine only with a full load of washing.
At LEO, tap water is safe to drink!
No need for plastic bottles, remember to bring your own reusable bottle from home!
Currently we are using solar panels to produce adequate energy and electricity for the LEO office and workshop, our volunteer house is also run on 90% solar energy and the water pump that we use is run using solar energy too!
Not only at base do we use solar panels, the camera traps that we have deployed around the park as part of our anti-poaching campaign are powered through mini solar powers that are attached to the camera to keep them running.
All of our food waste goes straight into a our compost bin which we then use in our nursery.
We started our nursery to reduce our carbon foot print and allow is to grow fresh organic produce.
Bottled Tree Project:
At LEO Africa, we really care about the planet and its fauna and flora. That's why we thought to launch the "LEO AFRICA Bottled Tree Project". For every plastic bottle/container used, because unavoidable to be purchased, we will plant an indigenous tree seed in it, The aim is to create a big nursery and once the trees will have reached a good size, we will sell them to nurseries (the money earned will be put in the fund for anti-poaching/monitoring efforts), plant them in gardens, roads or wherever people or reserves would require them.
IF YOU CAN'T AVOID USING IT, RE-USE IT!
When we eat at a restaurant, we always bring our own containers to avoid using single use take away ones.
When ordering a drink we request no straws.
When eating an ice cream we order a cone (no cup!).
Electric Scooter and Solar Panel Car:
Alongside with the traditional game viewers, we currently have two modes of transport at Leo that are entirely run on green energy: two electric scooters and a solar powered car.
The four wheel vehicle was designed and created by our director and "MacGyver", Koos! The concept was born to have a prototype that is light, simple, durable, practical, made from up-cycled parts and is powered by a solar panel roof.
The electric scooter is used to get around the property or visiting friends without using fossil fuels. It is charged with our home solar panels.
Both can travel a distance of 40km.
The goal is that one day we will replace our Game Viewers with solar energy run vehicles! #GoGreen
Recycling in Africa is not always easy. Unfortunately there is still a long way to go for everyone to embrace this important task. Some towns still do not recycle any material at all, others only partially.
Mainly paper, glass, aluminium and metal are recycled, but unfortunately very little plastic gets recycled..
Here at LEO Africa we feel the need to make a difference: we sort and recycle our weekly rubbish. We recycle plastic, paper, cans, glasses and any metal or material that we also find in the bush. Most of the volunteers are recycling experts, but sometimes those who are less familiar with this practice can get a chance to contribute towards it and hopefully will continue the practice at home.
Coming to LEO Africa not only means that you get to go back home with amazing photos and memories, but also you actively contribute towards conservation and a more responsible lifestyle. Each of us can make a difference in the long run for the benefit of the ecosystems, animals, our planet and the future generations who will inhabit it!
When shopping, do not use any plastic bags for our food and general shopping; instead we ask for recycled paper boxes that then we re-use at base for recycling.
When choosing our groceries, we also pick the "sustainable option" - less or no plastic and no palm oil.
Check out our video on how to shop responsibly!
Sustainable Food Shopping:
A large portion of the meat we eat at Leo comes from our local butchers using sustainable meat.
We try to grow our own vegetables.
We do not use palm oil which is responsible for major deforestation.
Travel light and sustainably thanks to our Lush Partnership:
In line with our sustainable policy and anti-plastic campaign we are trying to introduce our volunteers to a plastic free toiletry pack. We have created a partnership with Lush and built a custom plastic free starter pack for our volunteers to use during their time here and to bring back home.
Less weight, more space in your suitcase
Made with natural ingredients
No animal testing
You can purchase your own starter pack directly at LEO for only R650. This pack includes:
1 cotton bag, 1 shampoo bar, 1 deodorant bar, 1 soap bar, 1 body lotion bar, toothpaste tablets (in a tin). Contact us for more information and to order your pack!
How do you clean your home? Here at LEO our conservation efforts go beyond the Park in which we operate. We try to make a difference in many different aspects of our daily lives. That is why we started using cleaning products from a South African company called Mrs Martin's.
Their products are readily biodegradable and do not contain any toxic chemicals, only active “good” bacteria to digest organic matter. This means they do not pollute water systems.
We are very happy with their products as they clean exceptionally well. This switch had also lead us to drastically reduce our plastic consumption as we refill our containers at their facilities! A great way to take care of our environment! Check out the Mrs Martins Website www.mrsmartins.co.za
Each of us can make a difference! Start today!
Two Oceans Aquarium - Educational Posters!
In this section, you can find some really informative posters created by the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town about recycling, plastic use, energy, water etc.
Feel free to click on them to view and download them to use them at school, in your office, at home etc.
The more people that get educated on these topics, the better!