Top tips for a sustainable classroom
World environment day is taking place on 5th June. This day is an opportunity to help the environment around us. The theme for this year's world environment day is 'only one earth.' It gives us the opportunity to take action and restore the planet by making a difference to the environment.
We have created top tips for a sustainable classroom that SBMs can utilise.
Reuse paper & plastic
One of the most important ways to ensure your school is eco-friendly is by reusing paper. Reusing paper is an excellent way to save money on printing costs and can help reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
You can also reuse plastic throughout the school. Start by hanging plastic bottles filled with plant containers hung around the school classroom. You can even use plastic bottles as pencil holders or trays for children who need to work on tasks.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products
Start with the classrooms. Get your staff to clean the classrooms with eco-friendly products like ocean saver eco drops which come in recyclable packaging. Encourage staff in your school to look closely at the products they are using, from cleaning the classrooms to lunch halls. Using eco-friendly products will reduce carbon emissions and this will make your school sustainable.
Use renewable energy resource
Did you know that by using renewable energy resources, you're helping the environment's sustainability? Renewable energy has many benefits for the environment as it reduces carbon dioxide that is emitted into the atmosphere. This is powered by plants. Start by using a renewable energy kit for your school, not only will you be able to save energy, but you are restoring the environment.
Grow plants in schools & classrooms
Your school is a place of learning not just for students but for you and other staff as well. Start by growing plants in your school by using a plant growth kit. Plants are important to life on earth as they take carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Having plants in your school boosts emotions, increases creativity and reduces stress. Plants are an essential part of the ecosystem. They need to be healthy so that they can continue their work of filtering air and providing oxygen.
Use recyclable water bottles
Did you know that more than 8 million tons of plastic bottles get thrown away in the ocean every year? Using recyclable materials like reusable plastic bottles can save costs on trees and forestry around us. Reusing plastic reduces the need of having to create new plastic. Start by providing every member of staff in your school with a reusable plastic bottle to fill water bottles. This will reduce the number of disposable bottles being thrown away and encourage staff to be more environmentally conscious about their consumption habits.
Provide green recycling bins
Provide your school with green recycling bins placed around the school playground and in classrooms. You can start this by working with local businesses to provide more green recycling bins for schools. Recycling helps reduce the country's landfills by reusing raw materials instead of throwing them away. Having green recycling bins will help children and staff members to become more inclined to recycle.
Start by organising a school recycling programme for students and teachers. You can do this by gathering information from students and teachers on how they can increase recycling in schools. Once this is done, organise a collection point for paper recycling and allocate it near the canteen or entrance. Students and staff members can drop off any paper they have used for recycling.
Download an eco-friendly worksheet
To ensure your school participates in world environment day print this worksheet off and put it in the staff room for your staff to collect. Teachers can then hand this out to their class. Children will enjoy helping Earth and its friends to escape the maze. They will also learn more about the environment and how to protect it by answering the questions along the way.
Protecting the environment comes with a lot of benefits. Doing your part for the planet and reducing your carbon footprint is vital for improving the school's sustainability. include eco-friendly products in your school and recycle paper as it can make a difference to the environment around you.
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