Beeswax makers attack plastic pollution

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Bakewell Primary School students have created their own beeswax food wraps. The reusable packaging is an eco-friendly alternative to disposable single-use plastics.

Transition, Year 1 and Year 2 waste warriors built their knowledge of resource conservation and the environmental impact of waste plastic during term 2.

Environmental Science teacher Kristin Cowan said the children workshopped beeswax wrap making at school, and each took home a sample.

“We followed this with the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge, a campaign to cut packaging waste in school lunches,” she said.

“The aim was to encourage each of the approximately 420 Challenge participants — with parental support — to package their sandwiches, fruit and biscuits in eco-sensitive beeswax wraps, or reusable containers.

“It was great to see the strong participation from our students and their families. We hope the event has promoted the importance of waste minimisation.”

Year 1 Taliesin Smith said: “If we use plastic, it can fly and fly into our rivers.” Year 2 Declan Brooks said: “You don’t waste plastic and hurt the environment.”

Ms Cowan said Year 2 students made a video showing how to produce the wraps.

Beeswax makers attack plastic pollution
Eva Bradbury uses a wax wrap in her waste free lunchbox.

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