Where it all began…

My name is Zoë Prinsloo, high school student, self-proclaimed environmental activist and also a senior Ranger with the Bothasig Girl Guide Company.

My interest in straws started over 3 years ago when I started doing regular beach clean-ups while working towards my Protea Award (highest award in Guiding). I was shocked at how many straws I found on our beaches (amongst so many other unnecessary single-use plastic items)!

But when I saw THAT video, of the turtle with a straw deeply embedded in his nose, that was literally the LAST STRAW for me!!! That video horrified me and from that day I vowed to NEVER use another plastic straw again!

This led me on a quest to find a cheap, biodegradable straw… readily available to everyone… so no more excuses!
But it didn’t end there… I saw a need to replace single-use items and I started slowly adding more and more products to my range and I am now proud to say that I am the youngest distributor of eco-friendly products in South Africa!

I would like to encourage you to do your best to SAY NO when offered single-use plastic items such as straws or coffee cups!  Do your best to use eco-friendly items such as bamboo or PLA straws, fire-lighters made from recycled coffee, stationery made from recycled paper or wood pulp, flushable cotton buds, bamboo toothbrushes, etc. – all of which are available in my store.

I regularly do beach clean-ups, so keep an eye out and I hope to have you join me soon!

Visit my Facebook page, Save a Fishie, and follow my environmental adventures!”

Watch to see why I started Save a Fishie - April 2019