Maples Day Nursery open sustainable shop to mark World Environment Day
Hand sanitizer, pasta, rice, cereals and fabric softener were just some of the items on offer at Maples Day Nursery in Winchester as colleagues opened a sustainable shop for families to mark World Environment Day.
Following the news that the setting had gone ‘Climate Positive’ after saving more greenhouse gas emissions than it generates, staff from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hatherley Road encouraged parents to bring in their own containers to fill with the household essentials to save on packaging waste.
As part of the green initiative, colleagues were also all given their own reusable water bottles to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics, whilst children also took part in a range of activities to learn about topics including recycling and sea pollution.
At the setting, pre-schoolers take part in sustainable activities all year round, from crafting with natural and recycled materials to creating habitats for wildlife, leading them to earn a prestigious ‘Green Flag’, the highest accolade in the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.
Maples Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Lou Rowe explained;
“Our sustainable shop was a huge success and we are now hoping to offer this once a month, introducing more products as we go. We will be donating all proceeds from sales to Cancer Research UK, as well as helping the planet in the process.”
World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 June and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.
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