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SMSC Newsletter - Focus on Recycling

 

Recycling has been around for as long as I can remember. Returning empty milk bottles and bottles to the ‘Pop Man’ (Corona fizzy pop delivered every week) are just two instances from my childhood.

But how can we recycle the mountain of waste plastic?

 
 
 

This month I’ve discovered that the important topic of recycling can also be introduced to every subject in school. It also covers every aspect of SMSC and although we’ve touched on this issue in previous newsletters, the war against plastic is gathering momentum.

There are some really innovative ideas out there at the moment that are sure to inspire more along with some useful resources for schools, all of which can add to spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision.

 

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We have a common enemy - plastic! It’s existence has provided a rare phenomenon as the mission to remove it from our landfills and oceans is a global one with no cultural, religious or ethnic divide.

We are responding to a new cultural activity - getting rid of plastic waste.

We are questioning the moral implications of the continued use of plastic where it's deemed unnecessary (food wrapping for example) and are looking for alternatives.

We are developing a new set of socially acceptable skills and qualities to combat this crisis.

We are re-examining our values and using our imaginations for change.

https://www.earthday.org/plasticban

 

Collection

 

In the past few months some really clever concepts have emerged for the collection of plastic waste and it’s ideas like these that could prove to be inspirational for this generation of school children.

 
 
 
 

This one is happening right now in California, scientists are creating a false coastline to catch garbage before it reaches land. https://www.theoceancleanup.com/

Inspired Ideas

 

The Seabin Project was designed for calmer waters and is, in effect, a trash can in the water. http://seabinproject.com

4ocean have developed a great concept for raising awareness and cleaning up the ocean at the same time - simple and effective. https://4ocean.com

 

 

Let them eat plastic!

 
 

Although this discovery was made a while ago, thanks to a new report released by Kew Gardens, we now know there is a ‘plastic eating’ fungus that breaks plastic down in as little as eight weeks. Yet again, nature provides a ‘fascination awe and wonder’ moment. 

 
 

Self-Evaluation Innovation

SMSC is everywhere and forms a large part of self-evaluation and action planning in schools.  With a template that caters for the Self-evaluation of SMSC provision, iAbacus makes the whole process simple and insightful. It’s also possible to create a custom Abacus to evaluate other areas in school. Take iAbacus on a 30 day free trial.

 

Recycle

 
 

This surely proves that as well as finding ways of collection, people all over the World are using their imaginations to recycle plastic and make it a long term commodity.

 

This is a great idea - filling empty plastic bottles with empty plastic carrier bags to create 'bricks' to build houses - genius!  https://blog.allinpackaging.co.uk/2018/06/07/sustainable-building-with-plastic-bottles 

Make it Useful

 

Melting down plastic bottles and mixing the pellets with bitchumen uses less oil and makes for sturdier roads.  https://www.thegreenage.co.uk/plastic-roads-future-of-recycling

 

In Rotterdam they've created a floating park out of waste plastic which has been melted and reshaped https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/recycling/blogs/floating-park-built-recycled-plastic-waste-debuts-netherlands

 

Resources

The idea of recycling has to start somewhere. A lot of companies and organisations are now providing resources to help educate the young (and old) to recycle.  Here are a few .....

 
 
 
 

EDF Energy have a wonderful resource for schools on their website with a special section on the pro's and con's of the plastic industry.  https://jointhepod.org/campaigns/science-into-schools

Waste not ...

 

Wastebuster have some great videos to help get the recycling message across to kids of all ages.  http://www.wastebuster.co.uk

 

Recycle more has activities for children aged 5 - 16 which can be downloaded for free and cover all        subjects.                         https://www.recycle-more.co.uk/school-zone/activities-for-schools-

 

and finally .......

 
 
 

Now this is more of a state of mind than a mission to save the planet - just as important to feel like this once in a while though.

 

Bye for now

Tricia Cadman - T: 0115 942 8912 E: tricia@opeus.org

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