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Weendend Experiment

Every weekend, I’ll be experimenting with a recipe for homemade cleaning materials as we start to phase out the commercial stuff in preparation for our grey water recycling system.

Each weekend, I’ll make and use a recipe which I’ve found on the net, in a book or heard about. I’ll test the recipe to the max with our busy house as the test ground. I’ll give my honest findings and tweaks to the recipes, at the end of the following week, I’ll rate the recipe out of 5 stars.

To kick off the weekend experiment segment, hubby helped me make dishwasher detergent powder last night. I found a few versions of the recipe on the net. Most with the same basic ingredients, I’ve made the no frills recipe. We made a small batch to start off with…

Homemade Dishwasher Powder
100g Bicarb
100g Borax
100g Salt
20g Citric Acid

Directions: 2 Tbsp per load

Combine all ingredients in a bowls with a lid and shake vigorously. The mixture has a “wet” texture to it. I shake it well before spooning into our machine.

A few recipes had essential oils, like tea tree, lemon and orange. I skipped this as I wanted to see if it made an difference.

The results:
The first load had a few oil dishes from fried chips. This left a bit of an oily feel to the load, but on a whole, the dishes were clean and glasses were shiny.

The next load I did I add a squeeze of fresh lemon to the powder before I closed the machine. I also add vinegar to the raise aid compartment. It helped and there was no smell of lemon or vinegar on the dishes.

The next batch I make I will try some lemon essential oil. For the time been, I’ll see how long the small batch lasts and how clean the dishes are.

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Who, What, When and Why?

Def: Recycled – To put or pass through a cycle again, as for further treatment. 2. To start a different cycle in.3. a. To extract useful materials from (garbage or waste).b. To extract and reuse (useful substances found in waste).4. a. To use again, especially to reprocess: recycle aluminum cans; recycle old jokes.b. To recondition and adapt to a new use or function: recycling old warehouses as condominiums.

Inc (incorporated) adj. 1. United into one body; combined

Who we are

 Recycled Inc aims to provide support to local communities and people who come to our attention by any means.  We recognise the vulnerable position many people face due to various circumstances and we try to assist where possible.

 Recycled Inc is funded completely from the sales of “recycled” art, decor and various other hobby and craft projects.  The funds raised are used to assist with the planting of vegetable gardens, providing of ingredients for meals to food organisations and assisting needy families.

 Recycled Inc was started in October 2009, sprung from an idea to make use of all the craft, hobby projects many people do and be environmentally friendly by recycling unloved items.  Recycled Inc runs on the assistance of many friends, family and other volunteers.  Based in East London, we are trying to make a difference, one craft project at a time!

 Our VISION

 To contribute to our community and needy individuals through a green consciousness and recycling hobbies and crafts, Recover, Reuse and Payforward. 

 Our OBJECTIVES

 We are passionate about our hobbies, crafts and talents and we have a strong drive to contribute to recycling and living a “green” life.  We need to care for our environment and communities around us.  With that in mind, we have tried to combine our talents with giving back.

 We aim to decrease our carbon footprint and give back to our communities through various programmes.  The programmes range from:

  •  Collection boxes called “Hayleigh Hampers” are placed at various stations throughout East London and contents are collected once a week.
  • Help develop veggie gardens at local schools to assist with sustainable feeding schemes.
  • Host craft and hobby days at old-age homes and community schools to enrich their lives and spread some joy.
  • Host events i.e.: dances, demonstrations, talks etc to old-age homes and community schools to educate and develop talent.
  • Host fund raisers for organisations/projects like WWF, CHOC, SPCA, SOS Children’s Village and Salvation Army.
  • Decrease our carbon footprint by recycling “junk” and unloved items into beautiful, handmade items.  Educate the community on been water wise, energy savvy and keep SA clean. 
  • Spread the Love – Payforward all our blessing to others who need it. 

 Some facts

 Why recycled:

  • Recycling benefits both the environment and the economy. 
  •  Less energy is used when recycled materials are included in the manufacturing process
  • Good for the South African economy as it decrease the necessity to import raw materials
  • Opportunities for income generation and alleviation of poverty through job creation
  • Prevents litter
  • Contributes to a cleaner, greener and healthier South Africa
  • Less, waste, creates more landfill space
  • Creates pride in our environment
  • It’s your responsibility and mine

 Yes, you can help us!

 Donations of unloved and junk items are always welcome and are vital for us to continue our work.

 Donations of time and resources to our various projects and fund raising efforts are always required, getting involved in your community is extremely rewarding.  Hosting a “Hayleigh Hamper” box is a simple, effective way to benefit our projects.

 Our craft, decor and kitchen projects are inexpensive, hand-made and unique.  Hosting a craft or hobby class is gratifying and we are always looking for new classes to offer.  We have many projects we need help with, you need only ask!

 How to contact us

 Cell:  083 263 0419

Fax:  086 513 4400

Email:  recycledinc@gmail.com

Website:  www.recycledinc.wordpress.com

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