Wednesday, 26 January 2011


This a great competition for children year 5 and up to present their ideas to Wipe Out Waste.
It has come from and is now in the third year of running, so if you know anyone with a great idea, then pass them the details!
The WOW finals will be held at a London location in the summer of 2011 so the deadline for entries is Tuesday 1st March 2011

The site says : group up into teams of up to 4; assess the potential impact of waste wiped out via the adoption of their ONE BIG WOW IDEA; complete the WOW questionnaire; and submit it to Footprint Friends.
Waste* in this context would be in the broadest sense; it could be referenced by energy, water,food, materials, carbon, time and money and so on. They will also need to speculate how much waste would be saved in schools if their idea was adopted nationally.
*Our definition of waste is anything that is being used carelessly, being wasted, thrown away unnecessarily, misused, is surplus to requirement and so on. - The WOW aim is to encourage schools to get closer and closer to being zero waste. Put simply, zero waste extends current approaches to recycling by introducing the concept of circular systems in which as much waste as possible is reused, similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.
The application process is intentionally simple – all your students have to do is come up with ONE idea. Schools can submit more than one entry if they wish.

Let's see if we can get a winner from NELincs!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Waste-less resolutions??

Happy new year to all, hope you've had lots of chances to encourage friends and family in 'waste-less' ways this Christmas?
Tomorrow is twelfth night, so see how much you can reduce, reuse and recycle in the seasonal tidy up.
Christmas cards can go to the following places: Tesco, Sainsbury's, TKMaxx, Marks & Spencers and Home Sense stores. In North East Lincolnshire we also accept them for recycling in the blue papers box. However if they go to the latter three shops, you can be supporting the Woodland Trust, and can even vote on their website for where they should plant more trees!
The blog covers loads of ideas for using christmas cards creatively too.
Let me know if you're making resolutions to be green and clean!