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Effortless watering

I’m all for time-saving, eco-friend, low cost, diy, etc.  So with us moving towards using less and reusing what we have used, I found a really nice idea to help me water our gardens.

These little bottles will also help me teach my boys to save water and water plants wisely.

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Water Weeds are killing our river

Our local newspaper, the Daily Dispatch, run this article this morning.

Deadly weeds choke Nahoon river – A noxious water weed is once again choking the life out of the Nahoon River, which is home to myriad species including bass, geese, fish eagles and otters. Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), one of the world’s worst aquatic weeds, first threatened the river’s ecosystem last year. Now the out-of-control alien plant has blanketed large stretches of the river, with the worst outbreak occurring near the causeway that links Dorchester Heights to the Stutterheim road.

Residents living along the river bank have now questioned the municipality’s efforts in keeping one of East London’s most popular rivers unpolluted. Joan Hempel, whose farm borders the river, said: “I am dismayed at the state of the Nahoon River. The rapid growth and spread of the hyacinth has already affected the wildlife. “It seems the entire ecosystem is being choked and destroyed by this alien invader plant.” Hempel has sent numerous reports to the Department of Water Affairs hoping to pressure government to act.

“To date no one has responded or reacted to my report. I was hoping to alert them to the alarming spread of the plant. Andrew Lucas, Department of Water Affairs provincial director of water regulation and use, said clearing invasive alien plants was the responsibility of land owners. Lucas said if the land belonged to the municipality, it was the responsibility of the Working For Water team. “I have not investigated the areas myself but the influx usually stems from residents,” he said.

Lucas said residents used the weed, which has a beautiful purple flower, to decorate their ponds and water features. “When it starts to overgrow they dump it in the river.” According to Lucas this reinfects the river system and the problem starts all over again. The water hyacinth has caused a decline in fish populations in Africa. – Taken from Dispatch.co.za  15/02/2011

Ok, so if Water Affairs doesn’t want to help the river then what?  A classic case of passing the buck, our politicians are very good at doing that.  Pity they are not as good at anything else.

I found this info on Wikipedia…

When not controlled, water hyacinth will cover lakes and ponds entirely; this dramatically impacts water flow, blocks sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, and starves the water of oxygen, often killing fish (or turtles). The plants also create a prime habitat for mosquitos, the classic vectors of disease, and a species of snail known to host a parasitic flatworm which causes schistosomiasis (snail fever).

Solution – I will definitely be sending our political parties a strong email.  What nonsense is this passing the buck, if it isn’t your mandate then help us to get the right people in to fix the problem.  Be part of the solution, Don’t add to it – silly man.

Wikipedia’s article has some interesting results at the end…

Industrial utilization

Since the plant has abundant nitrogen content, it can be used a substrate for biogas production and the sludge obtained from the biogas. However, due to easy accumulation of toxins, the plant is prone to get contaminated when used as feed.

Exogenous

The plant is extremely tolerant of, and has a high capacity for, the uptake of heavy metals, including Cd, Cr, Co, Ni, Pb and Hg, which could make it suitable for the biocleaning of industrial wastewater [7], [8], [9], [10]. In addition to heavy metals, Eichhornia crassipes can also remove other toxins, such as cyanide, which is environmentally beneficial in areas that have endured gold mining operations [11].

Water hyacinth is also observed to enhance nitrification in waste water treatment cells of living technology. Their root zones are superb micro-sites for bacterial communities.[12]

Food for thought – this weed is not all bad, it’s just not any good in our Nahoon river.  An import bit of information, that I will include in my emails.

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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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