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Cape Town Store Adopts Plant Swap Initiative

A local grocer and lifestyle store in Cape Town, Sans Community has adopted a plant swap initiative to encourage eco-friendly habits and promote gardening.

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Sans Community Plant Swap

Grounded in holistic principles and practices, Sans Community is a neighbourhood grocer and homeware store that connects farmers, makers and producers with local communities. As part of their ongoing mission towards encouraging sustainable practices, Sans Community has created a plant swap system within their store, allowing customers to swap a cutting or trimming from one of their plants from their home or garden for one that is available in-store at no charge. 

Sans Community Manager, David Plastow explains what prompted the implementation of the plant swap in store, pointing out the importance of engaging with nature.

'Many of our staff members and customers have always enjoyed the re-engergising and grounding benefits of spending time in nature. Tending to plants and gardening allows us to tangibly interact with nature on a daily basis,' he said. 

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Sans Community

Located in Sea Point, Sans Community has become a local favourite. Implementing the plant swap programme is allowing customers at Sans Community to exercise their green thumbs and enace their knowledge with the array of plants available. 

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Plant swap: how it works

Plastow provides insight into how the Sans Community plant swap system works. 

'Customers and plant lovers in our community are inivited to visit the store with a cutting or seedling from their gardens, to share the joy of growing a new favourite - and in turn, growing our community.' 

Customers are invited to bring a cutting or seedling of their choice to the store, place it in a provided vase along with information about the cutting and any tips on how to maintain the plant. 

Sans Community Plant Swap Steps

Plastow says that the most interesting cutting that has been placed in the section is a plant he owns himself, which orignates from Califorina. 

'My favourite so far is an Angel Wing Begonia. The plant was cultivated in California by a beereder, Eva Kenworthy Gray, in 1962. It was given to me by a close friend and grows happily indoors. It is so named due to the shape of the leaves resembling the wings of an angel, and grows long, dramatic cane-like stems with a large display of delicate white flowers in spring. I am happy to share the joy this plant has given me with others.'

Sans Community Plant Swap

The plant swap has seen a large number of customers taking part in the new initiative and will be an ongoing offering at Sans Community. 

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