Derby may be far from the sea but we all need to be mindful of the damage plastic does to our rivers and oceans. The children have been learning about birds and animals that live in or near the river and the sea and how our rubbish can affect the creatures’ lives. They understand that we need to look after the fish and turtles and how and why we do it.
On our school litter picks we found plastic straws on the drive from our milk cartons. We walked along the river to Derby River Gardens to look at the birds and check for litter. We saw plastic bags stuck in the bushes by the river.
As a school we decided to:
- Stop using plastic straws to drink milk or in craft activities
- Stop using glitter and sequins for craft activities
- Use natural resources and paper or card for models and craft activities
- Support local charities to recycle difficult to recycle plastics such as crisp packets and baby food pouches.
- Stop using single use plastic bags by asking parents to provide a reusable, washable bag for us to return any wet or dirty clothes.
- Only use nappy sacks if really necessary
- Use plastic free/reusable nappy sacks once we have used up our existing supply
- Continue to review single use plastic used within the nursery and reduce where possible.
- Buy sustainable fish for our school meals