Our Year 5 classes have been lucky enough to receive the ‘Waste Warriors’ programme for 5 weeks, which has been delivered by ‘Bread n Butter’ and funded by The North London Waste Authority’. The classes have been about living sustainably which is really important for the future health of our planet and all its wonderful creatures, including us! The children have been learning about what changes they can make at home from increasing their recycling, reducing food waste, reusing disposable items for another purpose and making lifestyle changes to reduce global warming. Apparently, the rate at which we are eating meat isn’t sustainable so our future source of protein might be from eating bugs so the Year 5 pupils tried some last week! They ate de-hydrated fried mealworms and crickets which they described as crunchy and tasty. Move over crisps bring in the bugs!!
To help reduce food waste The North London Waste Authority have gifted us a Fridge ‘Free-idge’. Parents and children have been bringing in food that they weren’t going to eat so that someone else can eat it to avoid it going to waste. Food can be donated and taken on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
To have reduce waste take a look at these top tips:
Reduce Food Waste
- Write a shopping list and stick to it
- Don’t shop when you’re hungry and resist offers
- Try batch cooking and practice getting creative with a few left overs
- Plan ahead and use your freezer
- Know that food past its sell by date is still edible and enjoyable
Avoid Plastic Pollution Top Tips
- Say no to single use plastic
- Try and buy fruit and vegetable without packaging
- Use a reusable water bottle – it saves you money and helps the environment. Visit refill.org.uk to find filling stations round London
- Say no to plastic straws
- Tell parents to take a reusable cup to their favourite coffee house
- Take your own bag to the supermarket
3 R’s Top Tips – RE-use, RE-duce & RE-cycle
- Take your unwanted clothes/shoes/accessories to a charity shop
- Reuse old greeting cards and use them as gift cards on presents.
- Use letters or used paper as scrap paper or for children to draw on
- Take your used magazines or newspapers to you nearest doctors or dentist surgery to use in their waiting room
- Reuse glass jars to store household items such as food, craft supplies, or toiletries
You’ll want to help reduce plastic pollution and waste when you read these facts:
- 1 million bottles are made worldwide every minute but only 9% of are recycled
- We dump a truckload of plastic into the sea every minute
- The great garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean is 6 times the size of the UK!
- Landfill is going to be full by 2030 – where will all the rubbish go?
- By 2050 there will probably be more plastic in the sea than fish
- By 2050 there will be 9 billion of us on this planet – there may not be enough food to feed us all – we’ll have to eat more vegetables and may have to eat bugs for our essential source of protein
- 1% of people go hungry and 33% of food is wasted. In the UK 7.1 million tonnes of food is thrown away by households each year. Most common items thrown away are bananas, bread, eggs and potatoes.
The pupils have learnt some new ecological terms – see if you are familiar with them, please click here to view our jargon buster!