This year we have had to take a very different approach to our work for our ECO school green flag award.
One of the ways we have had to adapt is to set tasks for you all at home. It is frustrating that we cannot have our visitors and our parents volunteers in nursery this year, but we hope that many of you will take on our ECO school ideas at home. This term our ECO focus is Christmas. The Christmas period often results in huge amounts of waste, whether in the form of discarded Christmas trees, mounds of leftover food or presents that are bought, given and promptly thrown away. This year we want to encourage everyone to take a step towards and more environmentally friendly festive season.
Plan, make and prepare a reusable advent calendar for next year. There are lots of ideas for how to do this on Pinterest.
Save and reuse wrappers and gift bags. Just tear off the tag and make a new one with recycled Christmas cards for next year.
Update dated decorations. A can of spray paint available from most homewares shops will easily transform that plastic nativity scene from 1984…
Investigate the carbon footprint of your Christmas tree - if it is artificial take good care of it, store it safely and reuse it often. If it is real make sure you dispose of it correctly.
Shop little, shop local. Source local, hand made items, and sustainable produce for festive food, parties and presents.
Most importantly of all, enjoy your company, your time spent together and treasure the fuzzy feelings, not the tatty tinsel.