Recycling cooking oil into soap bars

21 02 2013

Santa Catarina has just entered the Guinness Book of Records as the city that recycles the most cooking oil in the world. There are 10.000 litres of oil recycled per day! It is a great example for many people around the world.

The project “Floripa in the Guinness” was started by the Associação Comercial e Industrial de Florianópolis ACIF and the company Ambiental Santos, a pioneer in Paraná in the collection and recycling of discarded vegetable oils and fats from the food industry and the food trade.

Soap bars made with cooking oil

Soap bars made with cooking oil

This partnership started a few years ago and was known by the name of Project Re-Oil. The project has been a great success transforming used oil into cleaning products like detergent and soap bars that are used in schools or exchanged for books and school supplies to poor communities.

Cooking oil thrown in the sink outlet causes clogging of the drains and pollutes the environment. The pollution of the environment caused by the cooking oil causes the death of plants and animals.

 

Imagine all this oil dumped into the sea...

Imagine all this oil dumped into the sea…

Did you know that 1 litre of cooking oil dumped into the sea or rivers can pollute about 100,000 litres of drinking water?

The community participates by donating used oils. Schools involved in the project educate children on environmental issues and even teach them, in biology classes, how to turn cooking oil into soap bars.

This is proof that it is indeed possible to change the behaviour of the population, teaching children and adults that we can protect the environment. This example of community work should be followed in other cities and even other countries.

I’m glad to see that a Brazilian city is setting an example for the world. Actions like these deserve to be shared on social media and traditional media channels. If you think so, share this article, send it to your friends and show that it is possible to build a better world.

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Grow your own avocado plant

7 02 2013

Did you know that you can use the seed from an avocado to grow your own avocado tree? Check this out!

  1. Wash your avocado seed.
  2. Secure toothpicks into the seed so that they sit out horizontally.
  3. Suspend the seed with the heavy side down over a glass of water. About 3cm of the seed should be sitting in water.
  4. Place the seed out of direct sunlight and top up the water as needed.
  5. In 2-6 weeks, roots and stem should start to sprout.
  6. When the stem is 15 to 18cm long, cut it back to about 8cm in length.
  7. When the stem has grown leaves again and the roots are thick, plant it in a pot with half the seed exposed
  8. Water the plant lightly and frequently, with an occasional deep soak. The soil should be moist but not saturated.
  9. Make sure it’s getting plenty of sunlight.
  10. When the stem is 30cm long, cut it back to 15cm. This will encourage new shoots.
  11. Enjoy your own avocado tree!

Avocado 1

 

Avocado 2

 

Avocado 3

 

avocado plant

 

 

 








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