To cap off National Recycling Week at OOSH/OSHC, we recommend encouraging the whole centre to attempt to go plastic-free. A simple idea that may prove harder than anticipated, this includes zero plastic during breakfast/ afternoon tea prep and serving, no plastic during craft activities and outdoor play, and no plastic usage while cleaning, tidying, or performing smaller general tasks. We recommend preparing yourself as the majority of items used in-centre are made from plastic, and often aren’t items you’d recognise as harming the environment.
Here is a small list of things you can do to prepare:
- Purchase a recycled paper that does not come in plastic packaging
- Use pencils rather than textas for craft
- Avoid using craft supplies that are packaged in non-recyclable plastic
- Cotton balls, balloons, coloured feathers, and styrofoam are all disastrous for the environment so limit their usage
- Use foil instead of glad wrap
- Wipe down with reusable clothes and not paper towels
- Use reusable utensils while serving food
Children are urged to continue this trend at home. By influencing those around them to also avoid single-use plastic and other items harmful to the environment, we hope this initiative can continue to grow.
We will also be attempting this challenge at Craft Crate and will update you on our progress on social media (see N.B 2).
It would be unrealistic to limit all plastic items and non-recyclable materials but each step we take to curb their control and find alternatives is a step towards a cleaner future in our centres and beyond.
I don't know if we need to reference the fact it's Remembrance Day but dont want people saying it's disrespectful to ignore it or something because we arent writing a blog or doing anything for it.
Only if you want to, can just cut out this line but people may like us to lead by example