Supporting the local economy with sustainable skincare

The Klein Karoo is home to the Opzoek farm and the Zoar community.

Since 2019, the production of Opzoek Apricot Kernel Oil has become a vehicle of upliftment for people in this small local community, who are proud of their Khoisan heritage.

Our product focuses on this hero ingredient: the apricot kernel. 

By using a cold-press method, the result is a powerful one-ingredient, gentle, no-fuss apricot kernel oil product, which has no fragrances or chemicals added.

Everything we do has been considered with the environment and our precious resources in mind, as well as the Zoar community, who help produce this eco-friendly oil. One of the main focuses of Opzoek as a company, is to help to elevate people in this community by improving the income and economy of the region, which leads to stable living incomes. 

By using a cold-press method, the result is a powerful one-ingredient, gentle, no-fuss apricot kernel oil product, which has no fragrances or chemicals added.

We are also proud of our environmental efforts and continue to look at ways of reducing our carbon emissions.

To further offset our carbon footprint from deliveries, we donate R10 of all sales to the conservation initiative Greenpop to foster and plant trees. For every 12 purchases sold, a tree is planted to help create a strong, sustainable and resilient planet for the future health of us all.

As another example of our environmental efforts, we started a Spekboom challenge during Arbour week, encouraging people to plant a Spekboom and share their photos with us. 

Opzoek develops its artisanal oil by applying an ethos of versatility:

  • Part of our sustainability strategy is to use recycled materials for our packaging. 
  • The apricot kernel oil bottle is made of glass, in an effort to avoid single use plastic where possible. 
  • We also minimise the use of plastic by using only plastic material that is fully recyclable.

By reducing single-use consumption, this results in lower energy input and ultimately lowers carbon emissions. We believe in a bottom-up approach to overcoming environmental challenges and whole-heartedly welcome the green economy.  

To further raise awareness about the importance of recycling, we would love to mobilise our local environmental efforts by implementing a recycling initiative. Our goal is to get customers to return their empty packaging to us so that it can be successfully recycled. This will help to ensure our packaging goes from being recyclable to being made from reusable and sustainable packaging in the future.