Cape Town is currently experiencing the most stringent water restrictions brought on by years of drought. It is now a city of nearly 4 million residents (7,36 million by 2040) currently existing on 700 million litres of water a day which equates to restrictions of 50 litres a day per household. So, while the Western Cape prepares for the taps to run dry South Africa’s innovative and award-winning Wonderbag comes to the fore again thanks to its unique water saving benefits. While the simple heat retention cooker has been applauded the world over for its immense socio-economic benefits, it’s closer to home (particularly in the Western Cape) where the ingenious bag can make a huge difference where this drought and level 6B water restrictions are concerned.
The Wonderbag is a simple non-electric heat retention cooker that cooks food that has been brought to the boil by conventional methods, for up to 12 hours without the use of additional electricity or fuel. The only water loss when cooking with a Wonderbag is when food is required to be brought to the boil on a stove or fire before placing the pot into the Wonderbag. Thereafter it is slow-cooked in the Wonderbag and no further water is released during the cooking process. Wonderbag Founder and CEO, Sarah Collins says, “This process can save up to 11,2 litres of water a day. It may not sound like a lot but when you’re surviving on just 50 litres a day, every drop counts. As an example, if just over half of Capetonians (2 million) used a Wonderbag to cook every day the city would save over 22 million litres of water a day.”
Because it uses very little energy the Wonderbag has been recognised for its ability to lower household expenses, improve health by reducing air pollution and the nutritious method of slow cooking, as well as its impressively low carbon footprint. It has been estimated that the use of 100 million Wonderbags around the world would save 170 million trees and 15,6 billion litres of water per year. The revolutionary bag was widely used during the dark days of load shedding and now everyone from restaurants to hotels to individuals in their private homes will likely look to this simple but effective tool again to help save precious water resources.
Collins says, “During these tough times people are looking to rainwater harvesting, two-minute showers and a myriad of other methods to save water. By adding a Wonderbag to the mix we might be able to push D-Day out even further. And what’s more, being Wonderbag’s 10th anniversary this year – we are introducing a ‘Pot Luck’ promotion soon where people can get their hands on a Wonderbag for as little as R150!”