Unilever and Wonderbag™ for efficient cooking
Enable customers to use less fuel and improve nutrition.
In South Africa, electric cookers and paraffin stoves are most commonly used for cooking and wood is also widely used in poorer households. Emissions from these seriously affect the air quality in homes as well as contributing to climate change through particulates and carbon dioxide emissions. Fuel bills can account for up to a fifth of poor people’s income.
Unilever is supporting the provision of Wonderbags across South Africa – an insulated cooking aid that reduces energy use and helps retain the nutrition of the food being cooked. Wonderbags are poly-cotton filled with expanded polystyrene balls that trap heat. Food just needs to be brought to the boil and then left inside the Wonderbag™ to continue cooking, retaining nutrients and flavour. The bags were developed by South African company Natural Balance.
Unilever partnered with Shoprite stores in KwaZulu-Natal and gave away a Wonderbag™ to every customer buying three 200g packs of their Rajah curry powder.