A team of happy waste auditors worked this week on analysing the waste that we make in one day here at North Loburn. Waste for the day was collected and sorted into like piles such as landfill, recycling and organic material. It was weighed, recorded and compared to previous year's results. We have results going back to 2010 and it's quite interesting to see how initiatives introduced have impacted our waste reduction. Toni Watts, our fabulous Enviro Schools Advisor, lead the team through this process. There was a lot to consider, compare and think about. They were pleased overall with the results, and have a few action points to follow up to refine and improve what we are doing!
Seeds, seeds and more seeds! A couple of NLS artists painted some upcycled old school desks to use in the Oxford, Kaiapoi and Rangiora library. They will be used for storing seed in a new seed exchange programme. Check out the desks and the article from the paper.
The Enviro Leaders made tracking tunnels to see what predators and other animals we have around the school. We also made chew cards to identify the pest bite marks. We spent some time discussing what a predator is, what they do that may be harmful to our environment, how we find out if there are any at NLS, and what we could do about it. There was lots of spirited discussion!
In Term 2 our school collected rubbish for our annual waste audit. We had to take all our rubbish and recycling to the hall to see what was able to be sustainably discarded, and what was going to be landfill. We sorted all of the rubbish into boxes by their different type. Eg, organic waste, recycling, landfill. We weighed & recorded them one by one. The landfill was 200g. If the paper towels were included it would have been 600g. Last year it was 900 grams. Tony, our Enviro Schools expert, was very surprised. At the end of the day the results were great and we should be proud of what we do at North Loburn School. We need to continue to remember to put our waste in the right place!
By Cate, Sophia & Grace
For two sessions we had Lesley Ottey from Eco Educate come to talk to us. She was taught us how to make t-shirt bags. We joined with our Year 7-8 class and they helped us make no-sew bags from old t-shirts. These upcycled reusable bags are being handed out in community with the important message about reducing single use plastic. Some went to the hardworking volunteers at budget services and some have also gone to some local RTLBs to use as teaching kits. The bulk are for sale, gold coin , at CBK in Kaiapoi with money going to Kaiapoi food forest. We are making these no sew bags because we are trying to reduce the amount of single use plastic bags and generally just plastic we use. It also reduces our landfill.
By Sarah, Hayley, Sophie, Katie, Jorja
Litter Free Lunches are an important part of keeping our neat little school as sustainable as we can. This term a team of Enviroleaders have created a pamphlet to accompany the lunch boxes that are gifted to each of our New Entrants. Check it out!
By Amelia, Gwen, Sarah and Lillie.
2018 Enviro Leaders
One fine day in 2017 Lesley Ottey from Eco Educate came in and talked to the 2017 Enviro Team from North Loburn School about how to make T-Shirt bags out of rescued T-Shirts. We made these because we wanted to replace single use plastic bags, and it also meant that we saved old t-shirts from ending up in landfill. Sophie Ward-Martin was one of these Enviro leaders and she went home to made a couple T-shirt bags. She sent her Grandma one for Christmas. When her Grandma opened it she went along to a church craft team in the Hawke’s bay and they made T-shirt bags all day. These went to a town fair that was wanting to go plastic bag free. It was very successful! Now the fair will be plastic bag free for many years to come. One little thing can be BIG!
By Grace Tooley, Henry Webb & Sophia Burgess