How can you reduce your nursery’s contribution?
Art and crafts
Have you ever taken a minute to consider the impact that even just glitter could have on our planet? Did you know that tiny particles of glitter end up in the water system and into our sea and wildlife?
Could you reduce your plastic glitter use, or even better, find a biodegradable alternative? You could even make your own by using a hole-punch and autumn leaves, for example.
What about wrapping and craft paper? Make informed choices. Some wrapping and craft paper is recyclable but shiny/foil paper often is not and sometimes the thinner the paper, the harder it is to recycle.
You could purchase brown paper on a roll, often as cheap as or cheaper than wrapping paper. Include your nursery children and have them decorate the paper themselves.
There are a multitude of alternatives for your nappy bags, plastic gloves and baby wipes.
- You could invest in biodegradable nappy bags
- You can reduce the use of baby wipes by using face cloths to wipe hands and faces
- You could go back to basics such as using cotton wool to wipe babies.
As with washable nappies, there is of course the argument about the extra washing using cloths can cause, but it is worth weighing up all options all the same.
Consider how you purchase your fruit and vegetables:
- Is your nursery food sourced locally? Transporting food around the country impacts the environment too, sometimes trying to select seasonable food helps
- You could take your own mesh bags, bags-for-life or select paper bags to choose loose vegetables and carry your shopping
- Consider the packaging of the things you buy, try to avoid choosing over-packaged food and goods or move to fruit and vegetables that aren’t plastic wrapped
Is purchasing milk in glass bottles an option in your area, reducing your plastic bottle waste?
- Try to avoid the single-use plastic cutlery, plates and bowls, and avoid plastic straws.
The best solution of course, is to try to grow some of your own food with the children!
It is so important that the children know where their food comes from; they can learn how to care for plants, new words and concepts all at the same time.
Although still plastic, bags-for-life and other re-usable solutions help to reduce the use of the thinner carrier bags which are often only used once and then thrown away.
If you have your nursery food delivered, you could ask for it packed into crates without being bagged.
Then there are the good old non-plastic shopping bags (my Grandma had a pull along shopping trolley, which lasted for years)!
All it takes is a bit more forward planning and conscious purchasing.
Remember, the children at your nursery are the next generation. We need to both look after our planet for the sake of their future, and ensure they know how and why we need to look after our planet for future generations.