Wet wipes are often advertised as 'flushable', implying they're somewhat environmentally friendly. However, they're actually causing a wide number of problems, and the government includes them in its ...
There's a real buzz about bees in the nursery this week. We are doing a biodiversity topic of bees, bugs, insects, creatures and birds and the children are inspired and thrilled already. Lovely. All children love learning about nature - it fascinates them and we are finding our staff are excited too. Wonderful stuff. ... See MoreSee Less
I speak to many people who would like to eradicate single use plastics from their settings but just don't know where to begin. My advice would be that single use plastics are certainly the best way to start on the road to sustainability but to cut them out one step at a time. This makes it easily digestible for your staff team, parents and children. For example we started with shoe covers and plastic shopping bags. Week by week we said goodbye to them all. The most obvious single use plastics in nurseries are:
Nappy sacks Shoe covers Plastic bags for shopping Disposable nappies Glitter and sequins Glue sticks Baby wipes (yes they are made of plastic) Straws Balloons
Why not try a couple of things that are bothering you most for starters, get used to that and move onto the next!
Fact: It’s estimated that over 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million sea birds die by plastic every year. One recent study found plastic inside every single whale, dolphin and seal examined. And we've all by now heard the horrifying prediction that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic floating around in the ocean than fish. ... See MoreSee Less
I know many of you are just getting your heads around the basics and that's fine. But ultimately we should all be turning to renewable energy sources. I won't pretend to be doing everything at Young Friends - we are on a program to attain complete sustainability and changing our energy source is one of the next things in the pipeline. If anyone has experience of this please do let us know. In the meantime please read this interesting article - its very good food for thought...