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Anna Ridgewell

Executive Chef

A lodge like Londolozi, although famous for its wildlife, is about far more than just that. The superb culinary experience which awaits every guest at Londolozi is thanks to the continued efforts of Anna, who has been instrumental in the development of new ...

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on 5 Ways To Live More Sustainably

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Gawie Jordaan
Senior Digital Ranger

Very important topic. Thank you for the ideas Anna!

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Gawie!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Love this blog Anna. We all need to do our bit by living simple. Going back to recycling glass jars. Keeping leftovers in glass bowls. Saying no to plastic straws and plastic shopping bags. Eat simple, raw and fresh food that do not need a lot of preparation and cooking.

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thanks Marinda! Indeed we do and it’s amazing how many glass jars you can accumulate and reuse them!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Interesting blog with some good ideas, Anna! We recently purchased a set of silicone straws and put a couple in our car for road trips. We’re also now using stainless steel water bottles. Composting is our next goal.

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thanks Mary! The composting is easy if you use all the offcuts of veg and salad prep. You’d be amazed how much you build up.

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

If you don’t have a yard for a vegetable/herb garden, use terra-cotta pots as a substitute. All herbs do well and you can be quite successful growing tomatoes, peppers and other smaller edibles in large pots. Recycle bottles, plastic grocery produce bags responsibly….. there’s so much each person can do that takes no effort. Great blog!

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Denise! What a great idea for the terracotta pots.

Stuart Manford
Explorer

What a great read! The reduction of plastic really hit a cord with me as this is something we do at home. This is where it should start with all of us! I remember seeing a YouTube video where scuba divers where literally swimming through plastic!
I dare not take all the credit for this as it is tirelessly driven by my wife but things that she has put in place in our home are:
• Create a 6 week meal plan and only shop for the ingredients for that week. This means we only have the same meal every six weeks with literally no waste.
• No food at the back of the cupboard going off!
• Have raw food as snacks instead of packaged options
• Any green waste (peels,etc.)is mulched and buried.
• Coffee grounds are dried and used in scrubs!
• We use reusable canvass shopping bags and buy food packaged in recyclable packaging.
• Use Tupperware or similar for keeping food fresh in the fridge – eliminating ‘glad wrap’
• Rubbish bags have been substituted for biodegradable ones, and NO STRAWS!
• Even our toothbrushes are made of bamboo
• Any used batteries are kept and dropped off at the local collection point for recycling.
• We use solar power with a battery on the house
It was a pain at first but it’s amazing how quickly this becomes the norm.

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Stuart! These ideas are fantastic and i am going to try a few! We are also implementing the solar system at Londolozi in the next 2-3 weeks which is a non-battery powered system – so when the sun is shining (which we are fortunate it does for most of the year) we will have sunshine power! Keep an eye on the Londolozi Blog for more about this soon!

Leonie De Young
Explorer

Fantastic blog Anna and thank you for sharing with us. Londolozi seems like a fantastic place and I only wish I could visit one day. A lot of your ideas on repurposing leftovers was a way of life when I was young – very little money and nothing got wasted. Love that you are no longer using plastic straws and that you have cut down on the plastics coming in. We all need to do our part to save our Mother Earth. It is mind boggling to think that so much food is wasted in many parts of the world, yet many people are starving. Thanks again and bravo Londolozi.

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thank you Leonie! As you say, if each person did even just one ‘plastic-less’ thing, it would make an incredible change! We hope one day to meet you!

We all need to take responsibility for the scary global plastic pollution problem. Well done Londolozi!

Anna Ridgewell
Executive Chef

Thanks Jen!

Linda Rawles
Digital Ranger

The best thing to do is to eat no or less meat, especially beef. For the animals and the planet.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Local is indeed lekker!!

Marianna Gdanis
Explorer

Anna – you are an inspiration!

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