First step to establish valley as ‘eco-capital’

2020-03-03 06:02

Local organisations have joined hands to create the first EcoHoek market soon to open at Fish Hoek beach.

Leigh Barrett of the community initiative Revamp The Valley and Lizelle Coombs from Angels Resource Centre have conceptualised a market that combines social activity, entrepreneurship, economic development and environmental education.

Reflecting on the market, Barrett said: “We believe the Fish Hoek valley region can become the eco-capital of South Africa with innovation and entrepreneurial development leading the way.”

The market will take place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March (the weekend of the Cape Town Cycle Tour) at eZone Fish Hoek, 81A Main Road, Fish Hoek.

The Angels Resource Centre eZone is a social franchise and micro-incubator, providing a supportive environment for local entrepreneurs. It offers hot desks and free Wi-Fi, business admin and financial services and meeting rooms available for the community’s use.

At the EcoHoek market, the maker will be the seller.

“EcoHoek promotes local artisans who create products that are recycled, upcycled, or otherwise environmentally friendly. At EcoHoek, the vendor is the maker, and they must be knowledgeable about their product. The beauty of markets is that innovation is possible: craftspeople can create and test the market for their innovative products,” Barrett added.

EcoHoek has strict rules to protect local entrepreneurs working in the eco-space, as well as to ensure customers know they are supporting locally-made products. The vendor handbook lays out all the guidelines – all items must be locally produced and approved by a products standard committee.

  • The vendor handbook and application form is available at eZone, on the EcoHoek Facebook page, or on the EcoHoek website at www.ecohoek.com. For more information, call Leigh Barrett at ecohoek@gmail.com.

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