With the holiday season approaching, consumerism can cause unnecessary stress. It can be helpful to take a step back and think about what pushes us to spend money on things we don’t truly need. Buy Nothing Day, which takes place on the last Friday of November is a good time to reflect on alternatives to our consumer culture and an opportunity to get creative.
Friday, November 23rd, is Buy Nothing Day. Our school is participating in a textile waste reduction challenge this year called Fashion Impacts Challenge. We have chosen this day to ‘kick start’ our campaign.
The challenge today is to:
- Leave your money at home
- Use what you already have
- Avoid making small purchases – they add up quick!
- Abstain from making any purchases this day. Avoid going to stores (brick & mortar or online)
- Exchange unused stuff (find a clothing swap near you)
- Reduce waste and make a positive environmental impact
Talk to your family about Buy Nothing Day and how we can extend the practice to our everyday lives by consuming less and producing less waste with our shopping habits.
Please read on for information about our upcoming textile drive starting this Thursday. We need volunteers to make this happen especially the SWAP on October 18th. Sign up here: http://signup.com/go/RqMPacb
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Our Garden Educator Elin Marley has been back since September, taking classes into the Learning Garden. Teachers have signed up for scissor salsa, kale chips, garden mapping and seed scavenger hunts. Find out more about Elin’s lesson plans and see some great photos of what the kids have been up to on Elin’s Twitter too.
Also the garden is open at lunch on Thursdays depending on the weather! Parents are welcome to join in. Last week, there was a bit of light weeding, some picking up of trash and some kids got to plant radish seeds. Lemon balm was smelled and some chives were tasted.
Today we had an Eco Club meeting in the foyer led by Liisa who taught us a lot about plants and what they can do, how they interact and how to care for them. Did you know this about plants?
We also started a Plant Experiment. Come visit the front lobby of Frankland School and participate by talking (or not talking) to the plants as directed. Give them a spray if they seem dry as the school is an incredibly hot and dry place. Let’s see what happens in a couple of weeks.
Check out our booklet we put together for the Plant Drive with interesting “myth busting” facts about plants, directions for the experiment above that you can try at home and some tips on how to care for indoor (typically tropical) plants.
Thanks again for your support! Keep sending plants to school!
This January, bring a plant to school to help improve air quality and remove toxins as well as improve student performance and well being.
Here’s a quick guide to some of the best air cleaning plants and the common toxins that they clean from the NASA Clean Air Study.
For more information, take a look at this handout created by Liisa of Greenhouse Medicine. Email her if you have any questions.
We hope to get at least 3 plants per classroom and other spaces around the school. Thanks so much for your support and participation!
The Indoor Plant Drive starts on Monday January 22 and runs until Friday, February 2.
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Thank you to students, staff, parents and the community! The Textile Recycling Program Nov 27-30th at Frankland did well- total of 280KG! diverted from the landfill and cheque for $56.00 towards My Clothes My Wold workshop in the spring!