Two stories from Singita, a tourism and conservation company in South Africa, reveal how One Planet Living can engage people with sustainability across an organisation
Nonkululeko Sosibo, Skincare therapist at Singita Sabi Sand
I grew up in rural South Africa with grandparents who taught me a lot about caring for nature, plants and living creatures. When I was introduced to One Planet Living at Singita, this helped me bring together these early learnings with my modern lifestyle.
I’ve realised I can substitute going to the gym (which I never enjoyed anyhow!) with walking instead of getting the porter vehicle. I’ve been collecting paper for recycling, contacting suppliers about taking back bottles for reuse and started planting my own vegetables. I’ve also started wearing my hair naturally and not using make-up, which as a skin therapist does provoke a lot of questions – but this approach frees me from unnecessary pressure, saves me money and keeps me beyond happy.
Kerryn Broodryk, HR Manager at Singita Sabi Sand
Growing up, my family were always aware of minimising our impact on the environment. So, when I was introduced to One Planet Living it resonated with me immediately. I really like the way that the ten principles balance the human side of sustainability with environmental practices in a holistic way.
In my work it provides a clear and simple way to engage people as we try to educate everyone about conservation and sustainability. At a personal level I continue to try and embody the One Planet Principles, using washable nappies for my twins (and washing them with recycled bath water!) and car-pooling where I can.
And I think attitudes are changing with fewer incredulous reactions from people who learn about my nappy-washing and a growing interest in learning about the alternatives to our disposable culture.
Our Impact Review 2017/18 revealed the faces behind One Planet Living across the world, and how they use the sustainability framework to create positive change.
You can also read Singita’s One Planet Annual Review to learn more about its outstanding commitment to conservation, community outreach and environmentally conscious hospitality.