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Chekc Us Out!

We are busy, busy this time of the year! unfortunately, we are having hassles with uploading photos of our products 😦 Never fear, check us out at the local flea markets and festivals in East London.

Come get all your Christmas gifts from us!

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Big Spring Clean Campange

Spring is Here! – well in SA that is.  To kick off the fresh blooms and spring rains, we are launching our Big Spring Clean Campagne.  We are encouraging everyone to spring clean their homes and send us your junk!

Remember, everything and anything that you don’t want anymore – we need it.  You can drop off your junk at the following venues –

  • Our office – 6 Cunningham Avenue, Cambridge, East London
  • House of Occasions – Chamberlin Road, Berea, East London
  • Border Armature Winders – 1 Bowls Road, Arcadia, East London

Or you can call Hayleigh – 083 263 0419 or Kim – 082 717 9526 and we’ll collect!

So get spring cleaning fever and toss your junk our way 🙂  And remember use biodegradable cleaners to help to your bit for the environment.

 

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The EcoWash Laundry Ball

The EcoWash Laundry Ball

Last weekend I bought an eco laundry ball – I was unconvinced that this large plastic ball with beady things in would do anything other than waste my money…I was completely surprised.

Not only did the washing come out clean, it smelt clean and fresh, very soft and with very few creases.  The added plus is that the expensive water recycling system we have planned for our garden and household use was not necessary.

We only need to by a water tank and loop the water back into the house.  No harsh chemicals to take out the water, no worrying about the effect it might have our plants.

A note should be made – I tried washing in warm and cold water, warm water is recommended on the box. Warm water had better effect.  Make sure the ball is put in the sun for at least 2 hours before initial use.  Clean out your machine as per box instructions before using the ball for the first time.  It is important to wash out your machine with vinegar on a long hot water cycled each month. 

I give it a 5 star rating!  Try it out you might be pleasantly surprised.  I found mine at a health store in East London but if you need, http://www.agreenworld.co.za/ sells them and other green products.

Please drop me a line and let me know your experience with the product.

NEVER BUY WASHING POWDER OR FABRIC SOFTENER AGAIN, WITH THE NEW ECOWASH LAUNDRY BALL.

Whilst it has probably not crossed your mind as a potential cost-saver, the fact that you can now do away with washing powder and fabric softener must surely find appeal in an age when the cost of living is steadily increasing.

After all, washing powders and fabric softeners are expensive. (Something that any mother with children will attest to). And not only are they expensive, they’re not good for the environment. With the new EcoWash Laundry Ball, you can say goodbye to your washing powder and fabric softener purchases forever.

Simply place the Laundry Ball into your washing machine with a 4kg load, and switch it on the way you normally do. There’s nothing more to it than that. What you’ll get at the end of the cycle is a brilliantly clean wash, soft as can be. Besides saving electricity and water, you’ll be helping the environment as without the need for harmful washing powders and fabric softeners, there will no chemicals released into our water and the atmosphere. And no more skin rashes or itchiness, either.

This environmentally-friendly product has drawn rave reviews from people across the spectrum; from those who  appreciate the doing-away with washing powders and fabric softeners to those who like its ease-of-use, and the fact that it doesn’t cause rashes and skin itchiness in their children.

With the Laundry Ball, you’ll have no need for detergents (many of which contain chlorine, which ages your clothes’ fibres and causes them to go pale). By not using chlorine, your clothes will preserve their colour and last longer. Your clothes will come out perfectly clean and wonderfully soft.

Not only will the EcoWash Laundry Ball save you electricity, it will also save you water – putting money back into your pocket, week after week, month after month. What’s more, this unique and eco-friendly product will help your family’s clothes last longer.

A win every which way and a product that should appeal to every household operating on a budget. To all intents and purposes, the EcoWash Laundry Ball is the same as the Miracle Wash Laundry Ball used in Australia. You may find a visit to www.laundryball.com.au interesting.

Benefits of the product:

A wonderfully clean and soft wash

No more loose fibres in your washing machine

No more residue in your washing machine

No more washing powder required

No more fabric softener needed

Bleaching agents seldom required

No harmful or toxic chemicals

No allergy-causing fragrances on your clothes

No more rashes or itching

Saves electricity

Saves water

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Our First Visit to Lukhanyiso School

We visited – our first visit to Lukhanysio School in Amalinda Forest, East London was an eye opener.  This is the school where we will be piloting our school veggie garden project.

We found a school in need of so much, yet the children smiled and played as if they didn’t have a care in the world.  We will put the final touches on the plan this week to hopeful break ground the second week in August.

After seeing the school, we not only want to help establish a veggie garden, we want to help to get the school into a better learning and teaching environment.

Items that were noted that needed attention:

  • broken windows
  • broken tables and chairs
  • serious lack of tables and chairs
  • shelving for library
  • security gates and bars of all classrooms
  • container needed for a computer lab for teachers and students
  • proper kitchen facilities
  • proper school hall / dining hall
  • proper grass and playground equipment
  • desks for teachers
  • proper staff room
  • high volume photocopiers and printer
  • fax machine
  • computers for teachers adminstration
  • water tanks to provide drinking water
  • signage for the school
  • paint for the buildings
  • educational materials for teachers and classrooms
  • plastic plates for lunches
  • metal spoons for lunches
  • plastic cups with handles for soups and drinking

We would also want to provide each child at the school with a hygiene bag consisting of:

  • 1 x face cloth
  • 1 x toothbrush
  • 1 x toothpaste
  • 1 x soap
  • 1 x draw string material bag with child’s name on

We want cleaning and hygiene to become a habit for these children to help prevent disease and spreading of colds and flu. 

If anyone would like to help us with donations of equipment or you want to get down and dirty with us – your are most welcome!

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Wave Your Flag – Collection Points

Wave Your Flag – Since Tuesday, our inbox has been filled with some many responses to our project, my fingers can’t type quick enough in answering our email!

Collection Points

Cape Town
Bio-Baba Head Office
No 7 Athlone Road
Plumstead
7800
Att: Vicki Penfold
Tel: 021 761 8982

Gauteng
Leuco Tools
4 Sunrock Close
Sunnyrock, Extension 2
Germiston
Att: Johan

Property Week
Fishers Hill
Germiston
Att: Cheynee
Tel:011 822 3980

If you need flags collected from your premises in Gauteng, kindly phone Lionel on 079 884 0154 or Cheynee on 072 777 2399 to arrange collection.

Visit us daily to get updates on collection points in different cities!

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We Got Another Mention

Driving to work this morning I was ecstatic to hear Lee-Ann mentioned us on Gareth Cliff’s 5fm morning show!  I almost missed the 4 way stop because I was going wild instead of  breaking. 

Luckily I drive like snail (according to my hubby) 🙂 🙂  There’s a reason I stick to the speed limit.

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Wave Your Flag

Wave Your Flag – With the world cup completed and everyone at a loss at to what to do with themselves, we have a plan for all those who have flags, they are not sure what to do with…

We will be collecting flags, the large SA flags will be put up at needy schools to help them be super proud to be South African.  Smaller flags will be used to create proudly South African and other countries clothing, bags, etc.

All will be sold to help fund our school community garden project.  Give us your unwanted flags and we’ll make sure they get put to good use, and wave your flag… 🙂

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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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How and What to recycle from home waste

Recycling of home materials may seem a bit daunting at first – but never fear…if my 3-year-old can do it, so can you.  Here are a few guidelines to help you get started.  I got this info from www.sustainable.co.za which offers containers for recycling. 

If like me, you don’t have the cash to buy these nice containers then use a cardboard box or any container you can get your hands on.  Just mind broken glass and other breakables. 

Determining which household materials are eligible for recycling and how to prepare them for recycling is another commonly cited stumbling block in the path of recycling home waste. Sustainable breaks it down for you:

Recycling paper:

1. Newspapers should be kept separate from magazines, glossy paper, paper packaging and envelops – which can all be stored in the same bin

2. It’s not necessary to remove stables from paper publications before recycling, but you should take remove all elastic bands and plastic wrapping

3. Corrugated cardboard is a valuable recycling material, but you need to keep it dry for maximum recycling value

Be educated about the numbersRecycling plastic:

1. Most supermarkets have bins or containers where you can deposit plastic shopping bags for recycling

2. Only certain types of plastic can be recycled, plastic #5, which is used in packaging for margarine, yoghurt and vitamins and is also used in bottle tops, is very difficult to recycle, so it is better to keep them for reuse.

3. #1 PET plastic, which is used in most plastic bottles, is easily recyclable, it is most often used to make fleece fabric for snug, warm winter tops and robes

4. #7 plastic is not recyclable, while polystyrene (#6 plastic) is not biodegradable and is only accepted at certain recycling points Info you need to know about

Recycling glass:

1. Before you recycle glass, it’s important that you separate it according to colour: green, brown and clear

2. There is no need to remove the paper labels 3. Light bulbs, sheet glass and mirrors should be kept in a different recycling bin to other glass products, such as jars and bottles

Recycling metal:

1. Food cans can be recycled, but recycling centres prefer that you remove the labels and flatten them as much as possible

2. Aluminum cans (cold drink and beer cans) are favoured recycling materials, and unlike food cans should be left as intact as possible – no unnecessary flattening

3. Tin foil can be recycled to make engine parts

4. Copper is entirely recyclable

5. Aerosol cans, can also be recycled, but it’s necessary to keep the separate from other recycling materials and to leave the labels on so that the contents are easily discernible. Lids should also be left in place.

Once you put your mind to it, and decide to live life as environmentally aware as possible, recycling becomes easier. And with home recycling bins and containers from Sustainable.co.za, correctly separating your recyclable materials is a cinch. Place your order now and start recycling up to 70% of your household waste.

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Just in Case

Just incase you make use of our BCM refuse collection services, I’ve uploaded a collection schedule I received via email.  However with the current municipal strike, I wouldn’t count on the refuse been collected.

Also some interesting Do & Don’t have been included, such as a maximum of 2 refuse bags per household.  I did not know that!  All the more reason to recycle and keep your town clean 🙂

Recycle as an alternative!

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