How could you become Plastic Free?
We have made great strides at school in our efforts to become single-use plastic free. In our modern world, it is extremely difficult to completely avoid plastic, as it has so many different uses, but if we can find suitable alternatives we will use them.
We worked with Surfers Against Sewage, who gave us advice and resources and their website www.sas.org.uk is full of information about how you can become involved and support their work.
The Eden Project https://www.edenproject.com/ is probably the best known eco project in Britain. It’s a great place to visit and the website also has lots of hints and tips for making changes at home, which can also save you money. There are also plenty of links to other organisations and a huge range of ethical and eco-friendly items on their online shop.
If you venture into Leicester, you may be interested in Nada in St. Martin’s Square https://zerowasteleicester.co.uk/, which is a shop where you can take your own containers and buy more cheaply and plastic free. They also offer a Click and Collect service.
How to Make Beeswax Wraps
The Plastic Persuaders made our own beeswax wraps, which were sold at the summer fair and have also proved to be popular amongst staff. They’re quite simple to make and could be ideal gifts.
As well as making a useful bench for our school, we are helping to reduce landfill, by collecting empty crisp and snack packets from children’s packed lunches and turning them into Eco Bricks. Basically, empty, clean plastic bottles are rammed full of crisp packets, squeezing out all the air, to turn them into a solid “brick”. These can then be held together with mud or concrete and built into a bench or structure, almost for free. They are in use around the world to solve two problems at once. Find out more at: https://www.ecobricks.org/
101 (not quite) ways to reuse or upcycle plastic bottles
Plastic Persuaders have found some great ideas for reusing plastic bottles of various kinds for a variety of purposes. There are plenty of websites and YouTube videos out there including https://www.architecturendesign.net/40-diy-decorating-ideas-with-recycled-plastic-bottles/
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Head teacher: Liz Powell
Ashby de la Zouch
Tel: 01530 412243