Thank you to Calypso Cragg and Burwash CE Primary School in East Sussex

Members of the Eco School Team

Members of the Eco School Team

We love to encourage people in general, and children in particular, to respect the environment so that we can provide a sustainable future for generations to come.  We were delighted to receive this e mail from Calypso’s Mum, Pippa:

“Calypso is at Burwash Church of England Primary School in East Sussex.  She is a year 5 pupil, and was appointed a member of the Eco School Council at her school.  They are learning about ways to help the environment and to make their school more ‘green’. Calypso and I had both had a chat about it, and one of the ways we thought would be helpful, is if the school stopped using chemical laden cleaning products.  And because we use many of your products in our home (and we love them), we thought it would be a good idea to educate the school a little on the impact of using products that are unethical and harmful, and to try introduce them to your wonderful products.”

Burwash School Thank youWe sent the school some products and were delighted to receive this delightful Thank You drawing from Calypso and the following feedback from Karen Hopkins, the Eco-School Co-ordinator:

Our Eco School committee was set up in 2011. We currently have 10 children on the Eco School committee ranging from Year 2 to Year 6. There are also 6 members of staff covering a wide range of roles. Over the past couple of years we have worked on a variety of Eco School topics including our school grounds, water, healthy living, litter, bio-diversity and waste. These topics have all been incorporated into the curriculum and the whole school works on aspects of them. Our work in these areas has allowed us to gain the Eco School Bronze and Silver awards.

Our main focus this year is energy, recycling and bio-diversity. At the beginning of the school year we completed a whole school topic on Energy which the children learnt a lot  from. We hope to gain the Green Flag award (the top award) from Eco – Schools this academic year.

The products you sent us have proved very successful in school. The washing up liquid and hand wash in particular have been used by the staff and they have commented on how long lasting and bubbly it is! Our school also runs a Forest School programme which now uses your products whilst out in the woods in order to be as eco-friendly as possible.”

Great work, Eco team, parents and supporters, we’re very proud of you!

Sara and Lloyd

Green Hull business offers eco awards help to local schools

Hull green cleaning products business Bio-D is offering help to local schools who are considering applying for Eco-Schools awards.

The Eco-Schools programme is focused on nine key topics. These are energy, water, biodiversity, school grounds, healthy living, transport, litter, waste and global citizenship.  Schools initially work towards the Bronze award, then progress to Silver and then the coveted Green Flag.

Bio-D Managing Director Lloyd Atkin said; “Apart from the obvious benefits of encouraging children to respect their environment by minimising waste and encouraging biodiversity, the Eco Schools awards give pupils an opportunity to engage with the local community and this is where we’d like to help.  A member of our team has experience in helping a school to achieve the Green Flag award and would like to offer her help to local schools.”

For more information about how Bio-D can help, please e mail info@biodegradable.biz.

Yorkshire is ranked seventh out of the nine Government regions for the amount of eco schools awards it holds – 96 Green Flags, 311 Silver awards and 404 Bronze awards.  In contrast, top performing South East region boasts 296 Green Flags, 836 Silver awards and 815 Bronze awards.

Eco-Schools is managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the anti-litter campaign for England. The programme is one of five environmental education programmes run internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). In addition to Eco-Schools, FEE runs Green Key, Young Reporters for the Environment, Blue Flag and Learning about Forests.

Eco-Schools is run in 53 countries around the world, linking more than 40,000 schools – from the UK to France and from Morocco to South Africa. Eco-Schools is administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful; in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy; and in Northern Ireland by Tidy Northern Ireland.