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Welcome to Project GREASE’s website!

Getting around here:
This page displays our recent posts, which relate recent events.
– Look under
Archives for posts on all our experiences.
The GREASE method will help you understand Project GREASE’s plans of action better.
Badges of Honour
describes some of the recognition we have received.
– For a broad understanding of our project, visit the About us page.

Hi everyone! Project GREASE will unfortunately be ending. However, the oil-to-soap movement will be adopted under RGS’s Science and Environment Club. We thank you for your continued support and although this may be the end of our Project, we hope that we have influenced you positively and introduced to you that liquid waste like oil can be recycled into soap. A big THANK YOU also goes out to our seniors, who started this wonderful movement and changed the way people think about recycling.

Please continue to reuse, reduce, and recycle actively!

We are really, really sorry to announce that we are no longer allowed to sell sodium hydroxide to the public. Sodium hydroxide is a caustic and dangerous chemical, and thus, it is controlled and we cannot sell it to the public. We know that with this, you guys will not be able to make soap at home anymore, which we are really regretful for, but please do continue to dispose of your used cooking oil properly (ie, tied in plastic bags and thrown in the rubbish), and support our cause by recycling actively! Thank you!

On the 27th August, Saturday, four of us proceeded to Boon Lay Place for an outreach. We set up a small booth and gave out flyers, soap-making instruction booklets, bookmarks and magnets. It was really heartwarming how majority of the people found soap-making so interesting and wanted to take the soap-making instruction booklets back home to peruse.

Here’s Anabelle explaining the booth to an interested lady:

We also went up to stage to explain more about our project and also to do a live demonstration of how to make soap, which was a first for us.

One of the challenges we faced was that most of the residents did not understand English, so we had to translate everything into Mandarin, which was rather difficult for us because our Mandarin is not very good. Thankfully, Chun Hui’s Mandarin was really good, so she saved the day!

Overall, although the turnout was not as many as we expected, we still had loads of fun, and we learnt how to explain our project in Mandarin!

We would really like to thank our seniors in RI(JC) for giving us this wonderful opportunity to promote our project and cheering for us as we gave our presentation! Thanks!

17th June was a special day for Project GREASE as the workshop was pretty massive (over 30 people)! It was held at RGS lab 7. It was also the first time Melissa presented alone on the project and procedures. The participants, from the National Environment Agency, were bubbling with questions and enthusiasm, and it was heartening to see that they really wanted to make beautiful soap and learn as much as they can about the movement. Unfortunately, Moira, Rachel Tan HP and Anabelle could not make it that day.

Melissa and Rachelle preparing for the presentation/workshop

Melissa and our teacher mentor, Mr De Souza, filtering oil

Dirty hands!

A participant pouring the mixture into the mould –– almost done!

Happy participants at their soaps’ completion

More happy participants(:

This exciting experience and exposure enabled us to become more confident in communicating and interacting with people, sharing with them our knowledge, clarifying their doubts and ascertaining that their soap-making process was proceeding correctly (that the different stages were achieved). Also, we were very glad that the participants enjoyed themselves so much and have the desire to make soap at home themselves! On a side note, we would like to thank Ms Lydia Tan for buying us lunch and the lab technicians for being so gracious to us!

Last Saturday, the 17th of April, the Old Rafflesian Association  Family Fest and Funfair(ORA) was held in RGS. Project GREASE held a booth in the hall. We sold pretty soaps that we had made ourselves!

It was a tiring day, as we tried to market our soaps to all the people that came to ORA and promote our project. The award for the person being able to sell the most soaps goes to Sophia, who managed to persuade lots of people to buy our soap!

It was a really fun experience, and we managed to sell nearly all of our soaps! Hurray!

This is our booth! Here’s Rachelle selling soap to a lovely customer! (:

And here’s a board giving people a really brief introduction of our cause.

These are the soaps packaged in pretty plastic bags. Some people even thought they were food!

All in all, ORA was a great experience for us because not only were we able to raise funds to run our project and create more awareness, we also got to enjoy ourselves!

At 915am, the six of us (Melissa, Chun Hui, Rachelle, Rachel 1, Moira and Rachel 2) rushed out of school to take a bus (actually it was two and a long walk) to MGS Primary School in Blackmore Drive. Here is MGS Primary in all its glory:The school is very beautiful!

When the students streamed in, we felt really nervous, because it was the first tme any of us had actually done this kind of thing. But when we stood on stage, looking in the sea of eager little faces, and started introducing our project, we felt less nervous and more at ease. Here is a picture of Rachel 2 talking:
I think the students loved the quiz section best, maybe because the prizes were good? There was a pretty piece of soap hand-made by us, and corporate gifts provided by Ms Emily Tan. However, the video we showed them received a not-very-enthusiastic response, maybe because there was some problems with the audio.

We have learned a lot from this experience and hopefully next time, if we do these kinds of talks again, we will have more confidence and give a better talk!
MGS Primary will be our first school on board GREASE-ycle, so we will be collaborating with them in the future!

On the 27th of March, Saturday, I arrived with Moira at Bukit Panjang Plaza for the Earth Hour event, organized by NorthWest CDC. We walked around the Garden Plaza, which had several large boards up, educating the public on how to be green. I was really surprised, when I saw the What You Can And Cannot Recycle board, I saw our project at the bottom of it!

Yeah! As sucessors to this project, I hadn’t known that Grease-ycle was so popular and well-known! We were really pleased! Also, as our project concerns the 3Rs (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle), I thought to share with you this board:

Anyways, we ate a quick dinner in these really cool biodegrable containers, made of yam and corn husks (I think). Sorry we didn’t get a picture of it, we were too hungry! Then, as we waited for the GOH, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, to come, the emcee played some games with the audience. After Dr Balakrishnan arrived, he proceeded to deliver a quick speech, and prizes were presented to the residents in NorthWest CDC for being environmentally-conscious and saving lots of electricity.

When 8.30 came, the atmosphere became perceptibly more excited. We counted down from 5-1, and on the count of 1, all the lights were switched off and we waved our solar-laser-torchlight around estatically! It was really pretty cool, like disco lights.

Then, the various performance groups from Assumption English School, which had been specially invited to perform at this event. First up was the Dance Ensemble. They performed a lovely, moving piece called “Memory”. Up next was the Choir. They sang some nice pieces like “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, but unfortunately I cannot remember the names of the other songs. Then the Band played for us! They were really good, and managed to get the crowd into a “high” mood!

At 9.30pm, the event ended, and Moira and I went home! It was such a fun event! Thank you Ms Emily Tan for inviting us!