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Questions to ask before taking out debt, and is there such a thing as good debt?

Smart Debt or Bad Debt

Many people in South Africa finds themselves in debt: According to a study by the World Bank, 25 million South Africans are in debt. This includes both bad and good debt. According to the National Credit Regulator, 58% of South Africans are struggling to repay their debts. For the financially uneducated person, debt can become a trap.

However according to Billionaire investor Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associated, the worlds largest hedge fund, advises people to make clever debt and avoid bad debt. We all know that borrowing money comes at a cost, and therefore the good purchased comes at a higher cost.

Dalio therefore suggests we ask ourselves one question: “Will the debt help you save or earn more money in the future?”

Here are the two types of debt that according to Ray Dalio are smart or good debt:

Debt that forces you to save money over time is another good debt, for example buying a house and paying off the mortgage. This is good because you are accumulating money into an asset you can later sell.

Debt that produces more cash flow than it costs is good, for example taking a loan to complete a degree that will increase your future income. Another example is buying an asset on credit that would replace a continuous and never ending expense. Examples of these are green technology such as solar panels and water recycling equipment. Also do not forget that ENJO also falls into this category. You can now convert your entire home to a chemical free home. This would be a smart move, because you will win in at least two ways:

  • Immediately stop 80-90% of all future expenses on chemicals by investing in ENJO.
  • An average home spends about R600-800 per month on cleaning consumables. On credit a full ENJO conversion of your home will work out about half of your current expenses over a two year period, and after that you will freely clean your home for at least another year before you might need to replace a fibre.

An investment in ENJO would therefore immediately put more money in your pocket, and save you money over your lifetime! Based on Ray Dalio’s criteria this would be a smart way to invest. Ask your ENJOpreneur about our credit options, and start using ENJO.

Here is how a full conversion to ENJO would typically save you money on a credit plan.

The table below compares the cash flow between a full conversion of your home to ENJO on a 24 month credit versus the current status quo of cleaning consumables which are a continuous and never ending expense. Take note that due to interest rate changes, the values could vary slightly.

Difference between ENJO and Normal Cleaning Consumables

Month and DescriptionENJOCleaning ConsumablesSAVING WITH ENJOACCUMULATED SAVINGS
Month 1R3 135.50R650.00(R2 485.50)(R2 485.50)
Month 2R350.00R650.00R300.00(R2 185.50)
Month 3R350.00R650.00R300.00(R1 885.50)
Month 4R350.00R650.00R300.00(R1 585.50)
Month 5R350.00R650.00R300.00(R1 285.50)
Month 6R350.00R650.00R300.00(R985.50)
Month 7R350.00R650.00R300.00(R685.50)
Month 8R350.00R650.00R300.00(R385.50)
Month 9R350.00R650.00R300.00(R85.50)
Month 10R350.00R650.00R300.00R214.50
Month 11R350.00R650.00R300.00R514.50
Month 12R350.00R650.00R300.00R814.50
Month 13R350.00R650.00R300.00R1 114.50
Month 14R350.00R650.00R300.00R1 414.50
Month 15R350.00R650.00R300.00R1 714.50
Month 16R350.00R650.00R300.00R2 014.50
Month 17R350.00R650.00R300.00R2 314.50
Month 18R350.00R650.00R300.00R2 614.50
Month 19R350.00R650.00R300.00R2 914.50
Month 20R350.00R650.00R300.00R3 214.50
Month 21R350.00R650.00R300.00R3 514.50
Month 22R350.00R650.00R300.00R3 814.50
Month 23R350.00R650.00R300.00R4 114.50
Month 24R350.00R650.00R300.00R4 414.50
Month 25R650.00R650.00R5 064.50
Month 26R650.00R650.00R5 714.50
Month 27R650.00R650.00R6 364.50
Month 28R650.00R650.00R7 014.50
Month 29R650.00R650.00R7 664.50
Month 30R650.00R650.00R8 314.50
Month 31R650.00R650.00R8 964.50
Month 32R650.00R650.00R9 614.50
Month 33R650.00R650.00R10 264.50
Month 34R650.00R650.00R10 914.50
Month 35R650.00R650.00R11 564.50
Month 36R650.00R650.00R12 214.50
Converting to ENJO is largely a fixed cost, making you save in the longer term. This table is based on purchasing ENJO using our credit plan. Take note that due to interest rate changes, the values might be slightly different. This table is conservative as it does not take into consideration the 8% inflationary increases in traditional cleaning consumables.

How smart is it really to convert to ENJO?

As you can see, in 24 months (2 years) you would have stopped your monthly expenses on cleaning consumables, saving every month thereafter. Over a three year period you could save a whopping R12 000 if you currently spend on average R650 per month on your current cleaning consumables in your home.

What do you think Ray Dalio would advice you to do?

Groom your Pet
How To

How to Groom your Pet

Why it is important to groom your pet?

Pet lovers already know that grooming your pet helps to maintain a certain level of cleanliness that is necessary to keep your pet good-looking and healthy. It is best to start training your pet to endure grooming whilst a puppy, including ear cleaning and nail clipping. However we will be focusing on brushing.

Brushing is beneficial for all kinds of dogs, and helps to remove dead hair, dirt and dandruff. Regular brushing helps to bring out the natural oils in inside the fur of your dog. These natural oils will then spread all over your puppy’s fur, which will give her fur a healthy sheen.

Another benefit of grooming your pet is that you have will find any abnormalities that might need attention before it worsens. This includes fleas, dry patches, ticks or issues with their skin, ears, eyes teeth and nails. When found at an early stage you can deal with these issues before it becomes a bigger problem.

Here is how you can groom your pet with ENJO

Use the rough “thorny” side of the Outdoor Duo Glove to remove excess fur or untangle matted fur. The dark grey side is used to remove smaller hairs or dust particles on the coat. Use dry unless there is significant dirt or mud on the coat.

ENJO tip: the Dust Glove is perfect for the sensitive areas on the dog such as around the eyes, snout, and ears.

Simply put, grooming helps to keep your pet in a happy and healthy state, and gives you and your pet time to bond and spend time together. So don’t delay, start grooming your puppy.

 
ENJO Easter Egg Hunt

Car Chemical Free Cleaning
Outdoor Cleaning

How Eco-friendly is your car wash?

Saving water is only one aspect of having an Eco Friendly Car Wash. Any eco-friendly car wash solution, to qualify as eco-friendly, should comply with the following requirements:

  • #1 Friendly towards your pocket (at least in the long term)

  • Eco-friendly Value Chain from manufacturing process, use up-to discarding of used product

  • Effective, equal or better than conventual methods

How does ENJO compare to other methods of washing cars from a cost point of view?

The following table compares ENJO with other methods of washing cars. Existing implementations of ENJO at car washes indicates that ENJO is feasible from a cost point of view in comparison to other methods.

Even though the table indicates that ENJO uses more water than existing waterless solutions in the market, the ENJO solution does not pollute the water at all.

Eco-friendly Value Chain from manufacturing, use up-to discarding of used product

ENJO is manufactured using hydro-electricity which is a renewable source of energy. The ENJO product uses no chemicals during its use, and water is therefore not polluted. This means that should you employ a water recycling system in your wash bay, that ENJO is fully compatible and friendly to that system.

The ENJO product has a very low discard rate. The used ENJO products can be returned to ENJO, which will then be re-used in manufacturing. This ensures that ENJO has zero-landfill consequences, making ENJO the most eco-friendly solution, having the best possible eco-friendly value chain.

Effective equal or better than conventional methods

Get your ENJO Consultant to demonstrate or pilot ENJO in your wash-bay to experience the ease of use and simplicity of working with ENJO. Many solutions out there complicates the washing process, and often requires new habits to be learned, and can also negatively affect labour productivity. This increases the labour cost even further.

ENJO has the ability to clean about 6x better than conventional or waterless solutions, but also has the ability to improve labour productivity with about 25% within car wash bays.

Summary of Benefits

Using ENJO will not only save you money, but will also improve productivity by saving time, and is also more eco-friendly than most other solutions currently in the market.

However, if water use to you is more important than saving money then you might want to look into a hybrid solution, together with ENJO and a water recycling system. With such a system you will end up with only 0.1 to 0.2 liters per car instead of 1 liter per car with a waterless system. That is about 5 to 10 cars per liter. Because ENJO uses about 48% less water, you can double the capacity that your water recycling system is designed for. For example, if your water recycling system is designed for 100 vehicles, then you can wash 196 vehicles with ENJO.

The earlier you start using ENJO, the quicker you can start showing benefits to you, and the environment. Contact your ENJO Consultant today to arrange for a no-obligation proposal.

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Top 9 tips for better hygiene and a healthy and safe home and office environment

The University of Canterbury did a study between the use of Chemicals and ENJO, and from their research we have identified the top nine tips for a healthier and more hygienic lifestyle.

Tip 1: Dry your hands after washing

A major pathogen source leading to ill health is incorrectly prepared or stored food – improperly cooked, stored at wrong temperatures or too high pH (not acidic enough). Cleaning with chemicals will not reduce this source of illness. Hands are pathogen sources too. Good hand hygiene – ie: washing with soap and water for long enough, using a nail brush and drying thoroughly – is a major way to avoid illnesses. Antibacterial hand washes are virtually useless (you could say “99.9% useless”!)

Tip 2: Disinfection and cleaning with chemicals is not necessary and not recommended.

Disinfection of surfaces is not necessary except in operating theatres and hospital wards with high risk patients such as: after surgery, during intensive cancer treatment, or patients with serious, infectious illnesses. Disinfection and cleaning with chemicals is therefore not recommended as it is causing antibiotic resistance – a profound problem for mankind.

Tip 3: Don’t kill bacteria.

Disinfecting with chemicals kills all bacteria, including beneficial and commensal bacteria. This is harmful to our health as there are many strains of bacteria which we need in order to stay healthy. Tolerogenic gut bacteria are vital for proper brain development, immune function and nutrient production (eg: B12). Lack of tolerogenic organisms leads to diseases such as asthma,food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and lupus. Research into tolerogenic organisms is just opening up – we barely know anything about them.

Tip 4: Keep it dry!

In “clean” but moist environments, bacteria re-grow very fast. Keeping everything dry (surfaces, cloths, hands) prevents bacterial re-grow, including pathogenic bacteria. Moist environments also lead to growth of fungal and bacterial spores, which are a serious health risk (there are plenty of alarming, current articles about this).

Tip 5: Don’t strain yourself with cleaning chemicals.

Cleaning chemicals have been linked to respiratory illnesses (eg: asthma), allergic reactions (eg: dermatitis), cancer (xenoestrogens), DNA damage, birth defects and the feminizing of boys in utero. Also, using fibre cleaning products is less of a physical strain than using conventional cloths for wiping and cleaning, eg: back strain through floor mopping or repetitive strain injury (RSI) from washing surfaces – a problem for commercial cleaners.

Tip 6: Appreciate long term and generational health effects of chemicals.

Chemicals undergo risk assessments singly, however mixtures of chemicals are more potent than single chemicals, in lower exposures. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are under-appreciated as sources of chemical caused illnesses. The exposure of children to chemicals in utero, and through breast milk have also not been fully appreciated. Studies hav proven that chemicals can therefore be transferred from mother to her unborn baby.

Tip 7: Keep the natural environment clean.

Cleaning chemicals pollute the environment directly (in waterways, streams, etc) and indirectly by bottles used for storage, transport, etc. Simple eco-friendly test: If you can’t pour your cleaner in a fish bowl, don’t use it. Chemicals and plastics usually end up in rivers, streams and the ocean after we have used it.

Tip 8: Invest in proper quality fibre and eco-friendly alternatives.

University of Canterbury’s experiment and many experiments in academic literature, demonstrate that fibre cleaning products can clean as well as chemicals, if not better, using only water.

Tip 9: Fibre cleaning products are cheaper.

According to calculations made by ENJO on the average cleaning chemical use, per family, per year – using ENJO fibre cleaning products works out cheaper and more productive than buying cleaning chemicals and detergents, cloths and associated cleaning items. Many companies using ENJO report long term labour savings of up to 50%, and cost savings on cleaning products of between 30 and 40%.

Why the Trial between Chemicals and ENJO?

University of Canterbury covers 87 ha of suburban land in Christchurch, it has 240 buildings and 120 cleaning staff. There is an effort to green up their cleaning, although to date this has focused on choosing, for example, ‘biodegradable’ chemicals where possible, however non-chemical cleaning features in their draft Sustainability

Strategy 2012-2022. Hence they decided to allocate resources to a Summer Sustainability Scholarship to research the efficacy of fibre technology as compared to their current cleaning practice.

A Brief Overview of the Trial

The primary objective of this project was to do microbiological sampling in a real setting, to see if there was any difference in bacterial and fungal loadings, after two daily cleaning regimes. The two cleaning regimes were, firstly the University of Canterbury’s current regime which uses standard cleaning products containing chemical cleaning agents and disinfectants and secondly, a regime which used only fibre-based cleaning products (using ENJO fibres). The samples were taken on two floors of the English Building at the University of Canterbury.

The major find was that there was no significant difference in bacterial or fungal loadings between the two cleaning regimes. There is an increasing body of evidence which highlights how the routine use of harsh cleaning products and disinfectants is having serious adverse affects on the environment, on biota and on people. The adverse effects on people include DNA damage, brain and immune system impairment, asthma and allergic reactions to products. Because routine use of harsh cleaning and disinfecting chemicals is not necessary and because they have serious adverse effects, we should be questioning our use of them.

Information sourced from: ‘A Report and Practical Microbiological Experiment for the Sustainability Office, University of Canterbury’ – Kate Henry, 2011

Why is this important?

  • From a top university – University of Canterbury is in the top 200 universities worldwide

  • FULL Scientific study

  • 9 swabs/2 sites/ 2 floors/ 2 x weekly

  • No difference between chemicals and ENJO

Outdoor Cleaning

10 Ways to Avoid Hairline Scratches and Swirls when Car Cleaning

When we clean our cars or get it cleaned professionally many people do not know why their car end up with hairline scratches and swirls. Those swirls almost looks like someone washed the car with steel wool. But that is not the case.

One way to improve the appearance of your car after having such fine scratches are to use high quality car polish. However, after a while they will appear again. That is because the car polish do not really remove them. Also remember that car polish removes a layer of paint from your car. A new car also have a very thin layer of UV protection, which poor quality and cheap polish will remove!

Here are some pointers to avoid hairline scratches and swirls when cleaning your car:

  1. Ditch the spunge! Yes ditch it! It is the number one cause for swirls and hairline scratches. Fine dust and dirt that may have been left over after rinsing your vehicle, or may be even part of the water you used gets trapped between the spunge and the paintwork. This dirt or dust particles acts as sandpaper, and you know what sandpaper will do, don’t you!

  2. Regularly rinse the cloth you use to wash your car. Yes that means that you need to have a second bucket with clean water. You have to rinse your mitt regularly. Do a panel at a time and rinse before continuing! If you already have ENJO Outdoor Glove, then you are lucky, because you need one bucket of clean water to rinse the glove after washing each panel!

  3. If you can invest in a grit guard for your bucket, then that will help for the grit particles not to mix with water during each rinse of your cloth or ENJO Outdoor Glove.

  4. Do not use household detergents, such as dishwashing liquid. It will strip the protective layer on your paintwork, and expose your vehicle to the elements. This is why paint turn dull over time! Since ENJO only uses water, it will make this layer last much longer!

  5. Always wash from top to bottom to ensure grit and dirt is washed down off from your paintwork.

  6. If you go to a professional car wash, avoid those that are automatic, as those brushes can scatch your paintwork. Ensure that the manual car was uses the correct detergent for your vehicle, and not something that will remove your protective layer!

  7. Use a seperate mitt or cloth for your mag wheels, and if you have the ENJO Flexi, you can use the that to enter the hard to reach and small areas inside the mags. Even though ENJO do not transfer grit or dirt, it is also safe to use the ENJO Outdoor Glove on the mags, but only after the entire vehicle is washed.

  8. Do not use household brushes, scourers, or pads to remove stubborn marks on paintwork. Use appropriate solutions such as the ENJO Outdoor Glove and a little patience. If you do not have ENJO you can find chemical solutions to help you with the job, but continued use of such chemicals are not the best for your car.

  9. To remove bird much, hold the wet ENJO Outdoor Glove on the bird much for a short while so that the water can seep into it and soften it. Then gently wipe with the Glove until it is removed, rinsing the Glove as required.

  10. Use the Outdoor ENJOfil to dry your car. It is soft and specially woven with a zig zag pattern to assist in trapping any further dirt particles left over from the washing process. Do not press hard when drying, but do so gently. One ENJOfil should be sufficient to dry one vehicle without leaving streaks or fluff. Using a chamois simply do not possess this feature to trap dirt or grit particles like the ENJOfil does, thus you will risk causing scratches and swirls when using a chamois!

Even though there are many other tips that are also important, these are the top 10 car washing tips that will ensure that your car will be properly taken care of!

If your paintwork already have these scratches, unfortunately there is not much you can do, other than avoiding further damage, and using polish. Polish do not remove them, it basically covers it up.

We hope you have found these tips useful, and should you require further information on using ENJO to take care of your car, feel free to contact us for any questions you may have!

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Removing versus Killing Germs

What do you prefer? Removing germs or killing them? Perhaps it is better to remove them, don’t you think? Lets quickly analyse this.

Lets say we kill the germs and bacteria with the strongest chemicals we can find. As you will note, on the store bought cleaners it is often advertised that 99.9% of germs are killed. Ok, so that leaves 0.1% of germs alive. Does not sound that bad, does it? That 0.1% of germs or bacteria may have been exposed to the chemicals, and did not die. That is one of the ways in which bacteria begins to become immune to the chemicals. So chemical manufacturers have to make stronger chemicals. Lets say we don’t care about that for now, so that leaves us with the 99.9% dead bacteria. Where are they after they are killed?

Normally when we spray our chemical cleaner on a surface, we wipe with a cloth. We assume that it wipes it away, don’t we? Well, some of it is wiped away; some are still on the surface. If you recall the study by Dr Dingle, the cloth being used and the method used to clean makes a big difference. To clean properly with chemicals, you have to leave your chemicals after spraying the surface for at least 30 mins before wiping. Even after wiping a large number of bacteria (although dead) will remain there. It is a perfect breeding ground for the 0.1% bacteria not being killed and new bacteria being added, because you left some food out with your cloth!

Ok, now your surface is a morgue with bacteria lying there. There is also a chemical layer that becomes sticky. Yes chemical cleaners are sticky. These cleaners now attract dust and other dirt like bacteria. That is why Dr Dingle and his team found that after 6 hours, your surface is no longer clean, and on the other hand that the ENJO surface is still clean.

Ok, that did not sound nice, but what happens with the bacteria cleaned with the ENJOtex fiber? ENJOtex fibers has a bigger surface area. It is basic science and mathematics. Each fiber is a 100th the size of a hair. These fibers are also much longer than the store bought microfibers and cloths. Having longer and finer fibers, ensures that firstly, the fibers enters the smallest of holes on the surface you clean, removing the bacteria from there. The long fibers add to the surface area, absorbing more bacteria than a normal cloth.

Now think about it, as it is very logical:

  • Longer fibers, gives us a bigger surface area for the cloth, even though it is smaller than a normal store bought cloth or microfiber.

  • Finer and longer fibers enter smaller holes, than other cloths can, cleaning it out.

  • Fibers are more absorbent and robust.

So that brings us to these benefits:

  • We clean faster, because the fiber is ergonomically designed, more absorbent, and reach into areas normal cloths don’t. Due to the absorbency and design of the ENJOtex fibers, you have fewer trips to the basin, in so much that you can clean a 100 square metre floor without rinsing your floor fiber!

  • We clean cleaner, because the fibers are more absorbent, and reach into those small areas, without leaving a sticky residue (we only clean with water.

  • ENJO is healthier to use, as there are no chemical fumes that enters your lungs and blood stream, that can cause all kinds of future illnesses and allergies such as asthma!

So where are the bacteria then?

Well, they are absorbed in the ENJOtex fibers. They are released into the drain when you rinse or wash your ENJOtex fibers with warm water. The fibers release the bacteria at 60 degrees Celsius! So the bacteria go into your sewerage system, where they are actually useful, and which chemicals that you wash down in your drain actually damage.

Therefore ENJO has an advantage in terms of environmentally friendliness inside your own home, as well as within the ecosystem, which chemical cleaners do not have. And besides, your home will be 6x cleaner, and will stay cleaner for longer due to no sticky residue being left over!

Note: It takes ENJO approximately a month of regular and continued use to remove all the layers of the chemicals you had used in your home over the years!

So who are ENJO very good for:

  • Everyone, including,

  • Pregnant woman,

  • People suffering from allergies and asthma

  • People who care for the health of their families

  • People who care for the environment

  • People who want a cleaner clean

  • People who have housekeepers, and they care for their health and safety

So do you still want to kill germs?

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Are you exposing your unborn to toxic chemicals?

Over 70 years we have experienced a dramatic increase to the exposure of toxic chemicals within our environments, including the home (Sutton, 2012). A study by Currie and Schmieder (2008) had found over 232 chemicals in the umbilical cord of infants that may have lifelong consequences. In a separate study by Sutton (2012) found that every pregnant woman are exposed to toxic chemicals due to their environment. Thus preventing environmental exposure to chemicals should reduce the number of chemicals transferred to the unborn child.

According to these studies the toxic chemicals in our environment has several sources, including what we eat, such as processed foods. However, other factors may be out of our control such as air pollution caused by industries in the area or working environment contributes the toxic chemical exposure. Having said that, one of the most important ways in which we are exposed to toxic chemicals are our cleaning habits.

Yes that is correct, we induce our own intoxication through the chemicals we use to clean our homes. In fact, if you can smell it, you have inhaled it, and the chemical molecules are entering your body, often crossing the placenta to the unborn baby.  Besides the health risks it yields to the adults in the home, there are a myriad health risks to the infant.

Several fertility risks had been identified by Sutton (2012) and these risks includes a decline in the age of reaching puberty, a declines in fertility and fecundity of the child reaching adulthood; increased rates of poor birth outcomes such as babies born prematurely or stillborn babies, small for gestational age, and with certain birth defects.

Health risks that increases with toxic chemical exposure as indicated by Sutton (2012) are the increased rates of childhood diseases such as autism, certain types of cancer, and obesity; and declines in life expectancy with some communities having life expectancies already well behind those of the best-performing nations.

Currently our workplaces, homes and shopping centres contains high concentrations of toxic chemicals, exposing ourselves, families and children. At least we have control over what we use in our homes and what we put into our bodies and the bodies of our children. Here are few examples of what we can do:

  • Use BPA free plastic containers (such as baby bottles)

  • Buy and eat organic (pesticides used on crops enter the produce, and therefore your body by eating it)

  • Only use natural cleaning products (where you reduce toxic chemicals, such as ENJO Fibres)

  • Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo and toothpaste (Environmental Working Group has a List)

  • Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, or other synthetic fragrances

The above list is by no means exhaustive, but should help you as mother to reduce toxic chemical exposure to your baby. Watch the following video that will elaborate the “toxic home syndrome” that were broadcasted in Australia

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Scientific Evidence on the use of ENJOtex fibres

In 2005, Dr Dingle and his team released the findings of their scientific study, The Antibacterial Action of Cloths and

Sanitisers and the Use of Environmental Alternatives in Food Industries. In short, it was a study between eight different cleaning methods to sanitise surfaces, of which one was ENJOtex fibres.

The rationale behind their study were that continuous use of chemicals may lead to bacterial resistance, which allows bacterial growth on both the surfaces and the equipment (Holah et al., 2002). Therefore the scientific team conducted the study to evaluate environmental conscious alternatives for sanitation that are thought to reduce risk of chemical inactivation, bacterial resistance, and chemical exposure to humans.

Since any sanitising method needs to be correctly applied for it to be effective. For example, detergents or chemical sprays needs to be applied at least 30 minutes before the surface is wiped by a cloth. Immediate wiping reduce the effectiveness of such chemical sprays, as it does not have sufficient time to kill the bacteria. Additional to this, the quality of the cloth used to wipe, and the frequency of rinsing and properly sanitising the cloth itself contributes to the effectiveness of the sanitising method. At most, low quality cleaning cloths can clean no more than 50 cm².

Bacteria also replicate over time, therefore any hygiene test after sanitation needs to be done in consecutive time intervals to monitor bacteria growth. Dr Dingle and his team measured bacterial growth over time, up to 6 hours after sanitisation. Sanitisation with ENJOtex fibres resulted in a significant lower count for S. Aureus, than any of the other 7 sanitisation methods (Lalla, Dingle & Cheong, 2005).

S. Aureus is a gram-positive coccal bacterium and is a common cause of skin infections such as abscesses, respiratory infections such as sinusitis, and food poisoning. Pathogenic strains often promote infections by producing potent protein toxins, and expressing cell-surface proteins that bind and inactivate antibodies.

Lalla, Dingle and Cheong (2005), reiterated the importance of controlling the concentrations of chemicals for proper sanitisation and food quality, as too much chemical use will affect the taste of food, and too little will render the sanitisation process ineffective.

The major factors that contributes to overall poor hygiene standards in South Africa are the general background and educational level of the average cleaner, as well as the overall lack of attention and oversight of proper sanitisation methodologies from management. This results for example that chemicals are mixed with the incorrect amount of water at incorrect temperatures. Another major problem is the frequent reuse of cleaning cloths without proper sanitisation of the cleaning cloth. Poor quality cloths may require higher frequencies of sanitisation of the cloth, as apposed to higher quality cloths.

Considering these factors contributing to overall poor higene in the food and hospitality industry, as well as the domestic industry, a simpler alternative will improve the situation at least six fold. ENJOtex fibres only requires water, and as found in the study of Lalla, Dingle and Cheong (2005), it has superior cleaning qualities and the following advantages:

  • Clean 6x better than any other alternative

  • Cleans only with water – therefore no transfer of chemicals to humans through food, bathing, and cleaning

  • Super absorbent – therefore larger surfaces can be cleaned without the need to rinse the ENJOtex fibres

  • Transfer resistant – ENJOtex fibres have the ability to reduce transfer of bacteria from surface to surface

  • Ultra dense and fine long fibres – ENJOtex consists of the longest and finest fibres from any other product, thus entering microscopic cavaties on surfaces, removing bacteria from these cavaties, which no other cloth is capable of

  • Being Environmentally Friendly and Healthy for you and the environment. ENJO has a zero landfill advan

  • tage, as fibres are recycled, and reused, as well as the reduction of the use of chemicals reduces plastic landfil, and toxic chemicals entering the water system.

It is therefore simpler to train your cleaner to clean with ENJO, in order to achieve at least a 6x cleaner environment that is not only healthier for you, your guests, kids and animals, but also for the cleaner constantly exposed to harmful and toxic chemicals.

Sources:

Lalla, F., Dingle, P., & Cheong, C. (2005). The Antibacterial Action of Cloths and Sanitizers and the Use of Environmental Alternatives in Food Industries. Journal of Environmental Health. Dec 2005, 68, 5.

Hollah, J.T., Taylor, J.H., Dawson, D.J., & Hall, K.E. (2002). Biocide use in the food industry and disinfectant resistance of persistent strains of Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli. Journal of Applied Microbiology Symposium Supplement. 92. 111S – 120S.

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It all began in Spring 1985…

The ENJO success story began in Spring 1985 when Friedrich Engl, a pragmatic, inventive person, who was constantly creating new business ideas, witnessed a large oil spill on the waters of Lake Constance, whose shoreline forms the borders of Austria, Switzerland and Germany. AS he watched the local fire brigade’s arduous endeavours to remove the envornmentally damaging oil slick he came to the conclusion that there must be a better way of tackling such messy accidents, not only in a sensitive “tourist” locations but in many other situations, for example: in the factory, office and in the home.

Having had many years of practical experience in the textile industry, Friedrich began to develop a solution that would solve the problem without having to rely upon additional input such as corrosive chemicals or damaging detergents. After five years of extensive product refinement and market testing, his vision had evolved into a technologically advanced matrix of woven fabric. At first sight, what appears to be a simple “cloth” is in fact an ultra effective and efficient, environmentally-friendly, cleaning tool.

At that time, the founder of ENJO, Friedich’s son, Johannes Engl, was working as a chef, but his father’s infectious enthusiasm encouraged Johannes, to dramatically change careers. He began to demonstrate this new product to people he knows in the catering industry.

That very first afternoon, he had sold 7 “cleaning gloves” and was indeed very proud of his “sales” achievement. To his genuine surprise his customers were extremely enthusiastic about the gloves’ performance – reporting significant savings in both the time taken to clean up messy spills and the reduction in the cost of their cleaning materials.

Encouraged by this early success and his girlfriend’s 100% support (she later became his wife), they experienced rapid growth. Soon, they were supplying a network of customers from their personal contacts in the manufacturing and hospitality industries.

As the humble ‘cloth’ started to attract a much broader audience, both his mother and wife found themselves sewing for hours, producing cleaning gloves made out of his father’s extraordinary material.

By 1990, many different marketing techniques had been tested throughout the whole of Austria. What became immediately apparent was that the truly remarkable cleaning capability of our ‘cloth’ had to be personally demonstrated to be believed and loved.

Initially Johannes had grave reservations about the prospect of direct marketing which in the eyes of most domestic consumers federated all the wrong perceptions re expensive poor quality products from ‘here today – gone tomorrow’ suppliers.

Nonetheless, he was absolutely convinced and determined that the ‘personal demonstration’ was the right route for our products, so he started to develop an ‘ENJO’ way of doing it right – with honesty and integrity!

It is now 31 years later, and ENJO South Africa aim to build forth on the foundation of ‘honesty and integrity’ played down by Johannes, and well established by each and every ENJO distributor in over 20 countries!

ENJO South Africa intent to create lucrative business opportunities for savvy women and men, who wish for a flexible work environment, where they are in control of their own earnings and performances.

This short video will present to you briefly the manufacturing of ENJO products.

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