Saturday, 16 June 2018

Rayneau - Your Last Lap Father's Day Shopping Store..

At Rayneau we think it would be grossly insensitive on our part if we did not take time off to recognize our customers and friends this Father's Day. Our customers are very important to us. They are the resource upon which the success of the business depends.

It’s just one more day to go for Father’s Day; Are you having trouble deciding on the perfect gift? One way to guarantee Dad gets the gift he wants this Father’s Day is to take him shopping with you at Rayneau. While at Rayneau he can make his own decision from the thousands of products we have in stock. And it’s simple – Dad can shop at our Vide Bouteille, Corinth or Monchy store by just walking in and talk to anyone of our customer sales representatives
                                            Father's Day Gift Ideas
A Father means so many things...an understanding heart, a source of strength and support right from the start.

Come down to Rayneau today, and get that Perfect Gift for Father's Day and give your dad a 
gift that says as much about him as it says about you.


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Rayneau’s Wild Card Wednesdays Spin 2 Win – Get Amazing Discount Coupons, Prizes and More with Spinning Chances

We all dream for the time when we get lucky and earn pots of gold. This cannot be possible, obviously. Nevertheless, we would appreciate it when we get lucky with something and get more than what we were expecting. 

Rayneau Construction and Industrial Products Ltd understands this and is excited to bring to you our Spin 2 Win promotion as part of our Wild Card Wednesdays,where you can get amazing discounts and prizes with a chance to spin the wheel of luck.

 Under the RCIP “Spin 2 Win” promotion, any customer who shops $100 and above will qualify to spin the wheel for a chance to win. Once the customer spins, the result is instant and it is confirmed by a Customer Sales Representative. 

There are numerous prizes to be won through the wheel of luck- 
   • Flash drives 
   • Rayneau keyrings 
   • Discount coupons or in worst cases 
   • A “try again” spin 

This offer which runs every Wednesday is for a limited period only commenced on 30th of May and ends on 26th of November 2018. 

 Special conditions that Apply: 
      1. After Spending $100 or more, a lucky customer has the chance to participate in the Spin To Win promotion. 
      2. After spinning the wheel, if customer wins a prize, he/she must sign on a prescribed sheet for that particular prize. 
      3. Discount wins will apply to the next purchase by the customer.
      4. Other wins are eligible for immediate pick-up whilst stocks last. 
      5. Maximum of two spins per customer in the case of two separate purchases on the particular Wednesday. 
      6. The “Try Again” allows the customer to spin the wheel for another spin opportunity that same time. 

 NB: • Special terms and Conditions will apply.

Shop with Rayneau for  our Wild Card Wednesdays, where you might just get lucky and WIN!

Monday, 4 June 2018

Rayneau Rentals Is Authorized Agent in 8 Caribbean States

It's official! Rayneau Rentals is now the authorized distributor/seller for all Hyundai Construction Equipment in 8 Caribbean States.

 A letter of intent signed on May 17, 2018 between Hyundai Construction Equipment Ltd at Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 13591 and Rayneau Rentals at Vide Bouteille, St Lucia made Rayneau Rentals the sole authorized distributor to sell Hyundai Construction Equipment non-exclusively to St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica, Montserrat, St Kitts/Nevis, St Marteen and Tortola.

Construction companies throughout the region can now liaise with  Mr Gajadhar/Rayneau Rentals to shop a wide range Hyundai construction equipment – Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Backhoe Loaders, Skid Steer Loaders, Rollers, etc., as well as attachments and parts supplied by the supplier.

We feel obliged to let you know that an operator, who takes pleasure in his work, does a better job. That is why at Rayneau Rentals we do everything we can to make that happen. With Hyundai Construction Equipment you will be able to merge operator's comfort, speed, precision and durability into a quality product. Hyundai HX and HL Series earth-moving equipment simply makes time fly, makes work a pleasure!

Wheel Loaders
Transporting a load over small to medium distances is the forte of wheel loaders. They also move easily between job sites on their own. View wheel loaders Here

Wheeled Excavators
The wheeled excavators of Hyundai have been designed for maximum versatility and with a high road speed. View Wheeled Excavators Here

Crawler Excavators
Available with many options, our crawler excavators are flexible and suited for a wide variety of applications. View Crawler Excavators Here


Forklifts

Hyundai forklifts; powerful, compact and easy to manoeuvre in narrow spaces. View Forklifts  Here
We can also supply Rollers of different capacity. For more details contact us at 1 758 712 4600/1 758 718 3253.


Friday, 1 June 2018

Hurricane Season Is Here, Are You Prepared If One Strikes?

It’s that time again… hurricane season in St Lucia and across the Caribbean! For many of us it is a time we’d prefer to dismiss. With predictions above normal, and twelve to fifteen storms in the latest forecast, it may be wiser to avoid complacency and prepare. 
Are you prepared if one strikes?

The 2017 season (which forecasters had also pegged as above average) proved devastating for the Caribbean – Dominica and Barbuda in particular. 

NOAA’s forecasters say this season, there is a 70 per cent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes

The Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1 (today) and lasts through Nov. 30, reaching its peak around the middle of September. 
St Lucians need to focus on preparing for increasingly ferocious storms rather than just reacting to them after they strike.

There are several things we can do to be prepared for intense weather systems. Perhaps an appropriate starting place is our homes and properties. After sacrificing large sums to own your preferred dwelling place it is advisable to go a step further and ensure your investment is adequately protected from harsh elements. Check video below:
                         Ways to help you prepare for a hurricane season
Hardware stores are often crowded when a storm or hurricane is officially announced, so to avoid the rush try to get your required hardware supplies in advance. Tarpaulins, batteries, flashlights, candles, lamps, battery-operated radios and plyboard are often foremost on most hurricane preparedness lists. (See graphic above) After making your purchase, it is recommended that the items be stored in a safe and accessible area so they can be easily reached should an emergency arise.

Check our slideshow on Hurricane preparedness supplies:
                                  Hurricane preparedness supplies
We encourage our customers and friends and by extension St Lucians to be mindful of developing or ongoing tropical systems during this time and take action if one is forecast to impact the island.

Rayneau Construction & Industrial Products Ltd locations at Corinth, Vide Bouteille and Monchy  are well stocked to meet  all your hurricane preparedness needs.  Visit us today or Call 450 7247 – Corinth, 450 7246 – Vide Bouteille or 450 7248 – Monchy. Our courteous and knowledgeable customer service representatives will be all too happy to assist you.  



Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Rayneau’s Massive Development Project For Cul-de-sac and Country

A front view of the Culdesac Development Project
For the past eighteen or more months, you must have been one of those curious commuters or pedestrian traversing the Cul-de-sac road near Kimakaze and wondering what is going on there – it’s the Cul-de-sac Development Project.  This  project,  sources close to Mr  Gajadhar  reveal, is a shopping/services complex, never seen before, that will uplift the Cul-de sac Valley, and by extension St Lucia. It promises to be the business Mecca on the island.

“…………the Cul-de-sac Development, which is a very big development, that I will go ahead and do immediately once we get from government the necessary concessions that they give to everybody else….” 


Dale Elliott, the host of "Untold Stories," was nearing the completion of the documentary "Unbridled Ambition” when he poised his penultimate question to Rayneau Gajadhar. “Ray, it's twenty eighteen, where do you go from here? Tell me of your next big project, for you and for St Lucia?" Rayneau was about to blow a few mind outta space with his revelation.

“I have a couple of big plans. One of them is the Cul-de-sac Development, which is a very big development, that I will go ahead and do immediately once we get from government the necessary concessions that they give to everybody else, and I think this is going to make a major change not for just Cul-de-sac but for St Lucia.” Rayneau divulged.

The Cul-de-sac Development Project will entail:
  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel
  • Convention centres
  • Offices
  • Storage facilities
  • Agricultural processes 
Get a sneak peek into the Culdesac Development Project below:
Dale shifted a bit with his final question when he asked Rayneau, “Perhaps there might be somebody out there with an idea, a dream, the drive, but no support, no financing, what would you say to that person?”

“The dream is bigger than their finance. The dream is bigger than what they can really do…..”

Rayneau in typical, composed and confident manner replied. “The dream is bigger than their finance. The dream is bigger than what they can really do, and I think one has to come back to dream to what I can afford.”

“When I started, I started to dream about only what I had at the time. And we must always start to where we can reach and then move on.”

He went on to speak about his modus operandi when he started in business. The CEO of RG Group of Companies said that when he started his only thought  he had at the time, was the level he thought  he could reach. After attaining this milestone, he said he’d moved on to another stage.  

In his own words, “When I started I started to dream about only what I had at the time. And we must always start to where we can reach and then move on. It is pointless wanting to build a shuttle to go into space to take people up for $200,000.00, when you can’t pay your passage to pay a plane to go to Trinidad.”

“The thinking has to be readjusted in an effort to move forward.”
                                                      The Interview
In his closing, Rayneau left this message which can serve the new entrepreneur well as well as all St Lucians. “The thinking has to be readjusted in an effort to move forward.”

Friday, 25 May 2018

Rayneau Speaks To The 0% Contractor Financing Package

“The heights that great mean reached were attained by early mornings and really, really late nights. His name has forever been mixed with sand, stone and cement. He started off pushing an ice cream cart, today his business is worth millions, and employs over 600 staff, and most of all he is one hundred percent St Lucian. He usually shies from the spotlight, but this episode of untold stories, Rayneau Gajadhar sits down to have a tell all interview from humble beginnings to massive accumulation of assets, to $46M of debt, to the explosion that rocked St Lucia and his business,  and most importantly he reveals the blueprint of progress for the RG Group of Companies.”

The above paragraph depicts the introduction Dale Elliott coined in a documentary entitled “Unbridled Ambition” from his popular series “Untold Stories” in which he delved into the business life of St Lucia’s #1 entrepreneur - none other than our very own Team Leader, Rayneau Gajadhar.

In this post we look at a section of this documentary which deals with the rationale behind Rayneau’s thinking when he introduced the “ 0% Contractor Financing Package” as he describes it in “Unbridled Ambition.”

Dale, posed the question. “…..you were getting into construction financing, not only for the government but for individual contractors. Tell me the rationale for that?” Rayneau in his typical passionate manner said that it was a hassle for small contractors to get financing for their projects at the time, and actually he did not want to bid against the small contractor so that is what actually prompted him to start the Contractor Financing Package.

Rayneau continued, "Any contractor……….who gets a contract from government, I will give them all the material, I will give them cash to pay their workers. I’d basically finance the job for them and I would wait until government pays to get my money and I give them the difference." (See Video below)
“That is unheard of Ray. It’s absolutely unheard of.” Dale remarked as he could not believe what he had just heard. “Some will say you are feeding the same sharks that will come back to bite you. What would you say? Dale pressed Ray.

“I feel good that I can help the small contractors, [and] I think they are very happy with the service they get from us.” Rayneau replied. He went on to express the view that many of these persons who get jobs are not really contractors and they really don’t know what to do. 

The Contractor’s Financing Package is still available from any of Rayneau Construction and Industrial Products Ltd branches at Corinth, Vide Bouteille and Monchy.  Come in or call 450 – 7247 and speak to one of our customer service representatives.




Thursday, 17 May 2018

Culligan Water Filters - Making Your Life Better With Better Water!

“We want everyone to know about the many benefits of drinking filtered water and to share them with their loved ones.”
Your family’s safety is not merely your responsibility. It should be one of your greatest priorities in life. As you strive to protect your family, you should be aware that some of the major culprits behind many serious health risks are likely penetrating your home on a daily basis – through your water faucet.

Access to clean water is crucial for every family. We all need water for drinking, cooking, and for other purposes such as bathing, brushing, and washing. Clean water not only makes life more comfortable. It likewise preserves human health.

Tap water can’t always be trusted - It may seem clean in appearance but keep in mind that tap water travels through pipelines before it reaches your home. This water may pick up a lot of contaminants along the way it may contain bacteria, chlorine, fluorine compounds, lead, mercury, pesticides and waste particles.  Although the water will be disinfected and fortified along the process, you still can’t be guaranteed that it will be 100% safe.
Culligan Aqua Cleer Drinking Water Filter System
Without modern purification methods, drinking contaminated water can lead to illness and even death. A lot of products are being marketed as clean drinking water to the public these days.

Some of the most common bottled products you will see on the market include purified water, distilled water, and spring water. How do they differ from one another? Which of them is cleaner when pitted against each other - purified water vs spring water or distilled water vs spring water? What is the best bottled  water? So many question with  not enough answers!!!!


Chester Charles our Products Manager puts it best when he says, "....the same bottle of bottled water purchased is in fact tap water which passes through a filtration process…” [glorified water] 

While keeping hydrated is essential to your health, that bottled water in your bag or in the car may be doing more harm than good. When you drink water that is housed in a plastic bottle, you’re also drinking what the bottle is made of. Even water (as well as the acidic soda beverages) can leach particles from the bottles, especially if it has been exposed to heat (when left in a closed car) or stored for a longer amount of time.

Research has shown that BPA (a component often found in plastic) and other plastic materials, has contributed not only to breast cancer, but also testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

 Check out Chester for a few more important water tips and a superb product in our Video below:
"Common Elements Removed with Filtered Water
Arsenic: Tap water can contain dangerous levels of arsenic, a powerful carcinogenic, that has been linked to an increased risk of the development of several types of cancer.
Aluminum: Municipal water that is unfiltered can lead to an increased consumption of aluminum, a metal that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, hyperactivity, learning disabilities in children, skin problems, liver disease and more.
Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs): DBPs are harmful elements that result from disinfecting water with chlorine, a powerful carcinogenic.
Fluoride: While fluoride is commonly associated with improving oral health, it can actually cause a wide range of health problems such as a weakened immune system and cellular damage that accelerates aging." (Source: Benefits of filtered water)

If you don’t have a water filtration system currently installed in your home, we recommend the Culligan's Aqua-Cleer® Advanced Drinking Water Filter. (Available in-store) It features the most advanced level of filtration technology available. Simply put, it is a better, simpler, far more affordable way to alkalize, ionize and purify water.


Thursday, 10 May 2018

8 Thoughtful and Practical Mother’s Day Gifts For a Cool Mom.

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and unless you’re the type who’s got gift-giving on lock months in advance — and seriously, who is that person? — you might be scrambling a bit for great Mother's day 2018 gift ideas. And while it’s important to choose a gift that your mom will love, and that shows your appreciation for the fact that she, you know, gave you life, took care of you when you were sick, cleaned up after your dog, and is basically always there for you — your gift can do even more good by giving back in meaningful and important ways, too. 

Just remember, the best gifts are thoughtful and practical ones!

With Mother's Day coming up on May 13, here are eight  thoughtful and practical ideas for showing your mom how much you care on Mother’s Day this year. Whether you're married to one, the father of one, the daughter of one, the sister or brother of one—you get the idea—buy that talented human being something nice.

1 - Replace something lost or fix something broken:
Listen; is it the most romantic idea? No. But if mom has been driving around with a dinged up side mirror, or the back house light hasn't worked since Independence Holiday, fix the dang thing! You can still be sentimental: If she's ever mourned over a lost earring or a broken watch, try to find a close replacement.
2 - Help keep her cool: 
She’s always been your number one fan, so maybe it’s time to return the favor. If your mom complains about how warm it’s been lately – remember May is the hottest month, this four-speed oscillating wall fan can cool her down without extra noise or overly frigid air. Our "Curved Air" fans make the ideal gift for mom!

3 - Help her keep an eye on things:
 If your mother is part of the sandwich generation and worrying about her own parents while still doing the mom thing, consider treating her to a new high tech home security system. Whether she keeps it positioned over her front door so that you can keep an eye on her when she comes home late, or sets it up at her own mother’s house to monitor daily activities, an IP Cam can be monitored from your home or an app and provides incredible peace of mind. 

4 - Make new mom feel pretty and pampered: 
Make her feel she’s still pretty and pampered even though that baby is currently sucking up all the attention.  Tuck an apple pie flavored lip balm and a couple of nail files into a lovely cosmetic bag – trust us, when you’ve got an infant smooth lips and nails go a long, long way towards feeling half-human again.
5 - Build her a gardening gift basket:
For the mom with a green thumb - Fill a gift basket with a pair of gardening gloves, a weed puller, shovel, kneeling mat, and seeds; Visit our Lawn and Garden Department for all these items for your gift basket.
6 - A day filled with some classic quality time:
If you're looking to give your mom the ultimate Mother's Day, spend May 13 taking her out, to some cute business place in your area. Whether you go to a restaurant, the spa or out shopping.
7 - Keep mom secured:
A major concern for any mother is the safety of her children. Every day, smoke detectors help save lives and lessen the severity of fire damage. At Rayneau, we believe  that gifting your mom with this smoke detector will hopefully have relieved her of one less concern for Mother’s Day.
8 – Make her home rodent free:
For the umpteenth time you have heard your mom, wife, aunt or sister complain about noises in the ceiling created by rodents. Give her that peace and quiet this Mother’s Day by setting up an ultrasonic pest control product from our store. The high-frequency sound waves drive away mice and rats by creating an unpleasant environment for them. Electronic mouse repellents are capable of preventing a rodent infestation before it can even start.   

Feeling a little better about your Mother's Day gift prospects? Your mom is, too.

                               HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY 2018!!!



Friday, 27 April 2018

7 Cool Ways to Celebrate This Year's May Day Holiday!!!!

Celebrations on May 1 have long had two, seemingly contradictory meanings. On one hand, May Day is known for maypoles, flowers and welcoming the spring. On the other hand, it’s a day of worker solidarity and protest; In almost every country in the world, workers celebrate May 1st as Mayday or International Workers’ Day. May Day was created to commemorate one of the many events in the struggle of better work condition around the world, St Lucia inclusive. All over the Caribbean, people find different ways to celebrate May Day.

As usual, with Rayneau, we have discovered some of the best ways to spend your May Day Holiday. Whether you are planning on staying at home or looking for a place to relax, or even holiday shopping; we have something for everyone! So choose carefully from this beautifully composed list…
1 - Go shopping at Rayneau in Vide Bouteille
Pay our new location a visit or if you’ve decided to use this day to do some minor repairs at home or get your hurricane preparedness supplies, head to Rayneau’s new location at Vide Bouteille. We stock all the building materials you’ll need for such repairs. We open between 8:00 am - 1:00 pm on holidays. Our outstanding customer service, great products and spacious aisles make shopping with us an immaculate “Wow Experience.”
2 - Start a Potted Flower Garden.
If you love planting container gardens but don't know where to start, talk to Shakym in our Lawn and Garden Department at our Corinth branch. In that department you'll find your perfect container for gardening in our collection of container garden recipes. Also you’ll find a large variety of grow bags, hanging baskets, patio planters, potting soil, fertilizers, and accessories. Choose from a wide variety of materials, such as resin, polypropylene, teak, cedar, galvanized metal, and powder-coated steel.
3 - Go Out For Happy Hour
May Day serves as a day which is meant to celebrate the hard working men and women of the world. To have to wait until after hours to be appreciated, and since a few of you don't actually get the day off from work or work half day like  us, what better way to say "thank you" to yourself than with inexpensive drinks with good friends and coworkers?
4 - Bake a Pumpkin Cake Roll
While you might not want to do something elaborate you should still make something sweet for May Day celebrations – a pumpkin cake roll. I mean, any excuse to bake a cake is a good excuse, right?
Get recipe: Here
5 - Frolicking at Soufriere Sulphur Springs Park
This has to be the most scenic mineral spring bath on island, perfect for frolicking, exploring and swimming - it's a breathtaking sight.The Sulphur springs, also known as the Soufriere Drive-in Volcano, provides a natural invigorating freshness and medicinal bath. A trip to the Soufriere Sulphur Springs would be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
6 - Plant a Tree:
Earth Day may have come and gone, but it isn't the only holiday that celebrates the planet. May Day has its roots in festivals that honor the renewal of spring, so you should spend the holiday embracing nature, and even contributing to its survival. Plant a tree in your community, or start your own at-home garden, and help keep Earth green for many May Days to come
7 - Paint Your Front Door
Your front door has a personality of its own. And when you pick a color that’s different from the rest of your house, that’s what you’re saying about yourself as well. While the overall color of a house may need to be neutral to fit in with the neighborhood, the front door is a focal point that’s prime for self-expression.  Check out Michael at our Paint and Sundries Department for great front door paint colors, from classic to courageous, that is sure to give your home more street cred. It could well be a Mother’s Day gift in advance!

       HAPPY MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS FROM EVERYONE AT RG GROUP!!!!!



Thursday, 26 April 2018

Hurricane Preparedness Supplies at Rayneau - Get Prepared!!


It’s that time again… Hurricane season in St Lucia and across the Caribbean! For many of us it is a time we’d prefer to dismiss. With predictions slightly above normal, for the 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season (which includes the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico), you can expect 16 named storms, 8 hurricanes, 4 major hurricanes, so I guess we really have to prepare as best we can. It only takes one! 

Meteorologists experts predict that 2018 will be somewhat of a repeat of 2017 - and possibly another record breaker. Although it will be strikingly similar to last year- some hurricane landfalls will occur in different locations this year – St Lucia may very well be one.
Hurricane Preparedness Supplies
What a hurricane season 2017 has been with three major hurricanes hitting land in the Atlantic basin starting with Harvey then Irma and finishing with Maria all within 27 days during the height of the season! 

Each Hurricane was devastating to the communities affected and also impacted large areas, killed many and crippled infrastructures.

There are several things we can do to be prepared for intense weather systems. Perhaps an appropriate starting place is our homes and properties. After sacrificing large sums to own your preferred dwelling place it is advisable to go a step further and ensure your investment is adequately protected from harsh elements.
More Hurricane Preparedness Supplies 
At Rayneau, we want to help keep your home and family safe. That’s why we offer the products you need to be prepared for hurricane season at everyday low prices. Prevent hurricane damage with hurricane shutters, tarps and plywood. Prepare for the storm by having flashlights, batteries, first aid kits and generators.

Storm disaster recovery can be daunting, but at Rayneau you'll find the tools needed to repair flood damage and handle waste removal like shop vacs, mops, trash cans and mold removers. Rayneau will help you get ahead of the storm and clean up any damage with all the tools and supplies you may need.

The major reason for another destructive hurricane season is that the ocean water temperatures continue to run warmer than normal across most of the Atlantic Basin, and especially in the Caribbean region and the Atlantic - this will again be conducive for tropical storms and/or hurricanes forming and/or strengthening.
                                   Hurricane Preparedness Slideshow

What are your hurricane preparedness plans? Pause for a moment and recall the pain, devastation and destruction caused by Hurricane Tomas and the 2016 Christmas Trough; think of the hardships in Dominica and Barbuda as they struggle to rebuild after Irma and Maria, then fast forward, and head to Rayneau Construction & Industrial Products Ltd to get your hurricane preparedness/clean-up supplies.







Saturday, 21 April 2018

Earth Day 2018! Why You Should Stay Away From PVC Shower Curtains?

                            "Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution" 
Earth Day is a day for celebrating our home planet and raising awareness of things we can do to protect it from harm. But most humans, with the exception of some astronauts, live on this planet throughout the entire year.

For those of us who want to do right by Earth on April 22 and the rest of the year but aren’t sure where to start, here is one small way — in addition to recycling and not wasting water or electricity — to end plastic pollution.

We choose the option below for our readers to take this initial action to End Plastic Pollution on Earth Day and beyond!

For most of us our bathroom is something of a sanctuary. It feels safe. We close the door and can take a shower, brush our teeth and deal with the finer points of our appearance each day.

Unfortunately, many bathrooms are anything but safe.

PVC-containing shower curtains are capable of emitting:-
  1. Scores of volatile organic compounds,
  2. Phthalates
  3. Lead
  4. Other potentially harmful materials, into people’s bathrooms.
These chemicals are all the more likely to leach out of the PVC when subjected to hot water. In other words, your early morning shower could result in your breathing in dozens of toxic chemicals.

The group of chemicals we are most familiar with when it comes to any product made from PVC are phthalates. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, and can upset normal hormonal balance in our bodies, stimulate the growth and development of cancers (breast, uterine, prostate), impair fertility, and disrupt pregnancy.

As for the other chemicals leaching out of your shower curtains, while most of us know little about them, their presence is no less worrying.

While non-toxic  shower curtains made of hemp, cotton or linen can be quite pricey, those made from PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) or EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate)  can be used over PVC. While they’re not perfect, PEVA and EVA are made from chloride-free vinyl which delivers touchable softness and waterproof function without the smell of traditional PVC vinyl. Both are PVC free, biodegradable, don’t off-gas and are affordable. 

Happy Earth Day and Let's all do our part to end Plastic Pollution!




Monday, 16 April 2018

7 Things You Need to do Early to Prep Your Home for Hurricane Season

For St Lucian residents, hurricane season comes around just as predictably as every other season. It officially runs June through November, peaking August through October. Think Tomas, and sadly, now Maria and Irma and their destruction to Dominica and Barbuda respectively. And yet for most of us, the risk doesn't feel real until a real-life situation is upon us. Why, with so many examples of the very real threat hurricanes and other natural disasters pose, do so many of us delay our preparations?

Hurricane damage: L-Dominica (Maria), R-Barbuda (Irma)
Some people call it “disaster denial.” We either don't think a natural disaster will happen to us, or we don’t think preparing for one will do any good. Plus, we’d rather focus our attention on more positive things.The point is this: we’re really bad at taking the risk of natural disasters seriously, even after they get real.

With a little less than two months before the official start of hurricane season, Rayneau Construction and Industrial Products Ltd is stressing the importance of being prepared early and for this reason is well-stocked on all the Hurricane supplies you’ll need.

What does it mean to be hurricane ready? It’s more than just knowing how to duck and cover, it’s about protecting yourself, protecting your home, and most importantly protecting the people you care about. If you live in any of the districts, you can make an informed decision now on how best to prepare for hurricane season 2018, such as preparing your house before it arrives.
                             Hurricane Preparedness Supplies
How Can to Prep Your Home
It’s never too early to start thinking about how to prepare for hurricane season when you’re living on this island. Hurricane season does not guarantee that a hurricane will make it to the shore, but there’s a significant chance. And, as we’ve re-learned through hurricanes Tomas, and what Irma and Maria did to Barbuda and Dominica respectively, we must either be ready for the worst or suffer the consequences.

Your home is one of your largest investments, so protecting it from natural disasters is probably one of your top priorities. We have continually advocated in previous blog posts that it only takes one storm hitting our island to make it a bad year, regardless of the number of storms that are forecast in the seasonal outlook.

1 - Inspect Your Roof: Inspect your roof covering to make sure all the shingles or tiles are secured and that none are cracked or missing. The roof is the largest potential opening on the house, and wind and water can do terrible things if they get through the roof.

2 - Build an Emergency Kit: You should have an emergency kit no matter where you live, but they are an absolute must. Don't wait until the hurricane is at your door to figure out what you do. You can either purchase a pre-made emergency kit (we recommend The St Lucia Red Cross kits), but if you can also make your own.  Some supplies households might need include enough food and water to last between three and five days, gas, charged phones, flashlights, medicine, pet food and a radio. (Make sure you have batteries too!).

3 - Clean  your Gutters: No one likes cleaning their gutters, because who knows what you'll find up there. Unfortunately, this dreaded task is important to do if you live in a hurricane prone zone. Having them flow properly allows water to move away from your home. Keeping them clean also prevents water from splashing back up against the roof and under the roof covering and causing damage.

4 - Check up on Doors and Windows: Check the seals around your windows and doors. Hot weather can damage seals over time, allowing sideways-blowing rain to get in during a storm.
Plywood
5 - Plain-old plywood to the rescue:  Purchase supplies, including plywood to cover windows and extra security to keep doors from blowing open, in advance, to secure your home from damaging winds. Simple 5/8-inch plywood covers offer good protection. With inexpensive “window clips” that go on without screws or nails, a typical home can be boarded up in less than half an hour (assuming the plywood covers are ready to go). Rayneau sells several types
6 - Prepare for Power Outages: During strong hurricane winds, power lines and phone lines might fall down, creating power outages. While candlelight is fine and dandy for an occasional date night, if you want to avoid finding yourself without electricity, consider purchasing a generator. Speak to Kendal at 725 - 9573 for the ideal generator.

7 - Get Your Homeowners Insurance Ready: No disaster preparedness blog post would be complete without an insurance reminder, so take time to make sure your insurance policy is up to date and will cover the full cost of rebuilding if you lose your home in a storm. A lot of people insure their home to what the value of the home is, but maybe the cost to rebuild is more. Building costs are always on the rise, so you want to make sure you'll have enough to rebuild.

Don’t let you and family be victims of “Disaster Denial.” Stop  procrastination,get busy and be prepare early!