‘Within the child lies the fate of our future’
– Maria Montessori.
ECO FOOTPRINT AT HOLLY GRANGE
We believe that our Montessori philosophy fits in with sustainability concept, as Maria Montessori once said, “Guide children towards becoming considerate, respectful citizens of the world, valuing all life on our planet and work actively towards not only preserving it but also contributing towards its on-going sustainability”.
At Holly Grange, we help children nurture this inbuilt care for the environment and teach them the importance of their impact on the earth. Both the children and staff in every room recycle everything possible, and using the Montessori independence children as young as 15 months are learning which is the ‘happy bin’ and which is the ‘sad bin’.
Currently in the UK around 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away each day, which accounts for about 3% of our household waste. A child can use up to 5000 nappies in their first two and a half years which all end up in landfill and take hundreds of years to decompose.
At Holly Grange, we have decided to give children the best start in life, which involves the environmental and health benefits of reusable nappies. We provide each child with reusable nappies, so you won’t have to provide any.
Did you know it takes 2,720 litres of water to make one cotton t-shirt?
In our journey of becoming an eco-friendly setting, we have also considered the impact of our carbon footprint and the supply chain of our staff uniforms. We believe that the beginning of the journey of educating the children on the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, comes from the educator; so, we invest heavily into staff training on sustainability concepts.
We now have new uniforms that are made of organic and responsibly sourced cotton, using only natural dyes. All of our shoes are vegan friendly. Please ask for more details and visit TRAID or Fairtrade for more information on how fashion affects climate change.
ECO SCHOOL ACCREDITATION
The Eco-School Accreditation is something we decided to do after working very hard to become an ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly setting.
The accreditation involves the children through the whole process, teaching them not just ‘how’ but ‘why’ we need to make the planet a more sustainable place for their future.
See more steps towards becoming an Eco-School on the link below or enquire at nursery about what we are doing towards our accreditation! We also have on-hand specialist advice so please do get in contact for any enquiries.
Home-help & advice from Holly Grange Montessori
- Talk to children about the importance of the 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle. Choose which you think are the most important and talk to your children why they are.
- Listen to children. The next generation will be the ones living in the future, so it is important that we learn from them.
- Encourage and follow their inquisitiveness and creativity when it comes to sustainability. How can they repurpose their toys? What can they do to reduce their waste? What do they want to learn about recycling?
- Think about what they will want for their future. What will they think about their childhood actions when they grow up? Will they be proud and happy of their actions?
- Shop Locally as much as possible. This reduces Carbon Footprint and encourages Zero Kilometre consuming.
- Buy in season. Keep a chart of what is in season. It is tastier and cheaper!
- Buy loose fruits and vegetables, leave the plastic in the supermarket!
- Be realistic, believe that a small change makes a difference. If everyone made small changes, the world would be a very different place.
- Be optimistic and positive! Positive change is what makes fundamental change.
- It’s never been easier to do it! Check your local council for what they do or do not recycle. See the links for Warrington Borough Council and Cheshire East.
Bins, waste and recycling
- Think a little before every action you make. All it takes is asking yourself ‘Do I need this plastic bottle?’ ‘Where does this fruit come from?’ to make a big difference.
- Switch to Eco-Friendly household products such as Ecover and Method or make your own!
Please ask at nursery for more tips to try to become more eco-friendly!