Archive for June, 2010

Saturday Art Session – Greensleeves Children’s Home

Art Session – We host on art session for the children at Greensleeves childrens home on Saturday, 19th June 2010.  Great fun was had by all including the “adults” that come with me to help out.

By the end of the session the lines had blurred so much between adult and child, that there were only two adults left to supervise, Silvia, the house mom and myself!

We donated the art materials bought for the session to the children and we will use the artworks they did in various projects to raise funds to continue with the monthly adventures.

If anyone would like to help us out with the art session, we are always in need of art supplies, used paper and helpers to help me supervise.  We also like to spoil the little people with juice, snacks and some sweets when we go there, donations of these items are always appreciated.

 

We wish to thank the following people who gave so generously to our art session:

  • Lindi Ritcher
  • Lisa Nano
  • Monique Jewell
  • Bronwyn Higgs
  • Mom Saunders
  • Carmen de Lange for the cupcakes
  • Christie Rusch for the cooldrink and sweets
  • Ethan and Lucas Nicholas for the sweets
  • Ben and Jarrod for their time
  • Mark, my hubby for his time, patience and persistance in finding the right directions 🙂

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Word of the Day – Aqua

Aqua – A common sense word, but you never know with these wonderful ingredients list what they really mean. 

So far so good, they mean the compound water 🙂

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The BP Oil Spill Crisis: What Can We Do To Help?

With an estimated 25,000 – 30,000 barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico everyday, it’s hard for anyone to sit back and not want to do SOMETHING. But what? For many of us, flying down there to volunteer is monetarily impossible but that doesn’t mean there aren’t simple things we can do to contribute and help.

1. Stay Informed

BP is doing their best to keep the status of the spill mostly under wraps, even going as far as banning journalists from taking pictures from the air. BP is also buying up search engine terms to redirect internet users to their website. Make sure to stay up to speed on what is happening and be careful what you’re reading, especially on the internet. Only read trusted news sources and forget about the $50 million ad campaign BP put out. Do your own investigating! 

2. Avoid BP Products

We all have seen how little BP seems to care about what has happened. One effective way to show our dissatisfaction with the way they have handled things is to avoid BP’s products. If all they seem to care about is the weight of their wallets, then we can put ours away. Stay away from Arco, Aral, AM/PM, Amoco, Casterol, Safeway Gas and Wild Bean Cafe until BP has amended the horrific catastrophe they have caused.

3. Donate Hair

Getting a new summer do? Doesn’t matter if it’s a quick trim or ten inches, donate your hair to Matter of Trust, an organization that is using hair to soak up the oil.

“You shampoo your hair because it gets greasy. Hair is very efficient at collecting oil out of the air, off surfaces like your skin and out of the water, even petroleum oil. Hair is adsorbant (as in “clings to” unlike absorbant which is to “soak up.”) There are over 300,000 hair salons in the US and each collects about 1 pound of hair a day. Right now, most of that goes into the waste stream, but it should all be made into hairmats.” Phil McCrory of Smartgrow.us, hairmat inventor and hair stylist.

Not only can your hair help, but also your pet’s! And if you aren’t a hairy pet owner, Matter of Trust can also use old fleece, nylons and feathers! Find out more at Matter of Trust’s website here.

4. Sign Petitions

Sometimes help is just a signature away. Check out these petitions that are making huge impacts:

5.  Visit

 United Way, The Nature Conservancy and The National Wildlife Federation‘s websites to make donations. 

6. Fundraise

Everyone wants to help out right now and are simply looking for ways to contribute so organize your own local fundraiser! It’s summer time so it’ll be easy to get people outdoors and get together to support a good cause. Have a bake sale or BBQ contest! Have a car wash or get your neighbors together for a group garage sale! Take the proceeds and donate it to the aid of the spill- here are 7 great organizations to consider too

source: http://www.intent.com/marissa-ross/blog/six-simple-ways-help-bp-oil-spill

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BP Oil Spill – What Can You Do?

What can I do? – On the news this morning I saw video footage of an oil plum, gushing into the Gulf of Mexico – it was such a shocking sight.  I thought there is no way the earth can recover of this without some serious human intervention.

So been on the other side of the world, I was wondering what could I do to help the planet from South Africa?  For a start I will no longer be filling up at BP station.  I feel I owe it to the people affected to “boycott” BP.  I have been trying to only fill up at SA based stations, but one forgets…I now have a clear reminder of what effect humans have a nature.

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Word of the Day – Sodium Palmate

Sodium Palmate: the salt found in palm oil used as a gentle cleanser and a by-product of the soap making process.

Used as a base ingredient in soap making and cosmetics. Sodium palmate is a core ingredient in many types of soap and is made from palm oil.

It is often combined with sodium cocoate, coconut oil sodium salt and the sodium salt of animal fat, sodium tallow. Together these three are one the major constituents of modern soap base. Base soap is the pure soap that has had no additional ingredients like color and scent added to it yet.

As base soap ingredients the hardest formulas use a mix of all three (sodium palmate, sodium cocoate, sodium tallow) in various combinations

source: www.fourstiks.com, http://en.wikipedia.org

To read more on the changes environmental groups are trying to make to the farming of palm oil, try this site http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/food-and-grocery-council-joins-roundtable-sustainable-palm-oil/5/52642.  There are various debates on the impact of farming palm oil.  There are vastly different views and so many opinions that I can’t tell who’s done the most research. 

I feel it is import for us to informed and know what the impact our product choices have on the planet.  It doesn’t hurt to be educated, some food for thought 🙂

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Weekly Water Saving Tip – Your Kettle

Kettle

Save electricity by boiling just enough waterThis one is an OLD one. But probably the most obvious here. If you’re making coffee for one person, put one and a half cup’s worth of water into the kettle. If you’re making coffee for 2 people, put 2.5 cups of water, etc.

It takes a lot less energy to heat up one cup of water than it does to heat up  AND it’s a lot quicker…

source:  www.houseintohome.co.za

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Recycling Starts At Home

Recycling Starts at Home – It Starts With You

 

What can I recycle?
Recycling is one of the easiest ways to help save the planet. Check out the recycling directory to find out about recycling initiatives in your area.

Put separate containers for paper, glass and plastics in your kitchen or garage and start dividing your waste. Many recycling service providers don’t even require that you separate the various recyclables in which case you can have them all in one bin.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised with how few things you actually have to throw out. Soon you’ll think differently about waste. Suddenly a yogurt tub is not rubbish, but a nifty container and a jam jar becomes a new flower-pot…

Here’s a guide to recyclables:

Paper

  • Newspapers
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cereal cartons
  • Chocolate boxes
  • Toilet roll inners
  • Egg boxes
  • Gift wrap
  • Magazines
  • Tetrapak containers

Glass

  • Wine bottles
  • Beer bottles
  • Chutney bottles
  • Jam jars

Metal

  • Cool drink cans
  • Food cans
  • Lids and tops

Plastic (Check for the P codes on the bottles):

PET-1

  • Water bottles
  • Soft drinks
  • Cooking oils
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Juice
  • Hard plastic fruit trays

PE-HD-2

  • Most detergents
  • Shampoo
  • Milk
  • Thin plastic bags

PE-LD-4

  • Thin plastic bags eg: Sliced bread
  • Milk bags
  • Six pack shrink wraps for beer
  • Magazine wrappers
  • Bulk toilet roll wrappers
  • Fruit and vegetable bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Thick shopping bags

PP-5

  • Ice cream tubs
  • Yogurt
  • Margarine
  • Feta
  • Ready-made meal trays
  • Fruit trays

Plastics that CAN’T be recycled

PS-6

  • Foamed meat trays
  • Fast food clamshells
  • Coat hangers

Other-7

Complex laminates:

  • Pet food pouches
  • Soup pouches
  • Bacon vacuum packs.

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