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10 ways to living an eco-friendly life according to Nourish’d’s Natasha Napoli

by | Aug 13, 2020

With over 26,000 followers on Instagram it is safe to say that self-proclaimed ‘crazy urban hippie’ and founder of plant-based cafe and juice bar, Nourish’d, Natasha ‘Tash’ Napoli is an eco-warrior trailblazer.

After leaving a very different life on the super-yachts, Tash opened Nourish’d just off Kloof Street where she sells juices and smoothies from what used to be her father’s business garage.  Her father owns Bacini’s pizzeria at the top of Kloof Street.

We caught up with Tash to find out out what her top ten ways for living an eco-friendly life are.

Beauty

I am loving these five beauty brands at the moment: Dr Hauschka, Tres Nagal, Litchi & Titch, Pure Beginnings andThe Healing Sea. I am a big fan of essential oils to keep my skin nourished. I use a bamboo toothbrush on my teeth and use tea tree oil to clean myself.

Meals

I don’t eat meat. I get daily inspiration from award-winning zero-waste chef Max La Manna who seeks to change people’s thinking around rubbish, and to breathe new energy into leftovers and food scraps that typically are destined for landfill.

Waste

I recycle as much as possible, eco brick if I can and re-use containers. I practice reducing food waste as well. We give all our organic food waste to the chickens on our farm in Baardskeerdersbos in the Overberg region and at home in town we have a worm farm, but drop most of it off at the Oranjezicht City Farm. The non-organic food waste goes into our compost heap. We use YWaste for all our organic waste and Recycle First  for glass, paper and plastic.

Clothing

I seldom buy clothes because I am so indecisive. But when I do, I love looking for gems at second-hand stores. I also love lending clothes to friends.

Food shopping

I shop local and organic as much as I can. I buy a lot from NUDE FOODS, Shop Zero, Faithful to Nature, and Wellness Warehouse. I hardly eat out. But if I do then the places I frequent include Between Us, Seed & Circus and Nourish’d.

Meals

I don’t eat meat. I get daily inspiration from award-winning zero-waste chef Max La Manna who seeks to change people’s thinking around rubbish, and to breathe new energy into leftovers and food scraps that typically are destined for landfill.

Gardening

We have a farm where we grow a lot of our produce including carrots, garlic, spinach, eggplants, beets and herbs. We have a compost heap. We are propagating pineapples but we’re struggling, but we’ll keep trying.

Transport

I drive a Ford Eco Sport or walk. I find it difficult to reduce my travelling impact because I drive around quite a bit. Before the pandemic, I would fly at least once a year. I don’t use public transport.

Cleaning

I try to use natural products only. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to make my own. I know it’s super easy, I just haven’t got into the good habit of doing it myself. For the house, I use vinegar.

Water

It is so important to use natural, biodegradable cleaning products to not contaminate water. If do use good products, you can link your garden hose to your house grey water and know that the water won’t destroy your garden or be harmful to you. I also catch rain water with JoJo water tanks.

Energy

On our farm, we are completely off the grid.

 

  • Visit Nourish’d’s website here. The flagship store is at 177 Kloof Street Gardens and the second store is in Observatory at 186 Lower Main Road.
  • Images: Supplied
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