We just love the new fruit and veg bags by Spaza, made in Cape Town. The round, cushioned base makes them ideal for selecting, weighing and transporting your fresh produce from the supermarket or farmer’s market. Take non-plastic and non-disposable living one step further with these locally made, hand-printed cotton drawstring bags, available in two sizes: ½kg (R55) and 1kg (R60). Buy online at www.spazastore.co.za.
‘Spaza products are designed to function well, last for a long time and then to decompose gracefully,’ says founder Julia Schaffer, who designs and develops alternatives to wasteful disposable household products.
Spaza products are all hand-printed and produced by women in home industries on the outskirts of Cape Town. The knitted ‘posh South African kitchen lappies (R70 each)’, for example, are produced as part of a job-creation project in Manenberg on the Cape Flats. Brilliant for wiping up around the kitchen, the lappie is super-absorbent and will last for six to nine months. It washes beautifully in the dishwasher with your dishes (but away from the knives).
Spaza’s famous cotton dish covers also get our vote. Available in sizes ranging from small (R45) to extra-large (R90), they’re a sensible, stylish alternative to clingfilm. Reusable and machine washable, they can be used to cover salads, bowls and side dishes in the fridge and on the counter or dinner table and to keep braai or picnic eats from spilling over in the back of the car.