We must teach our children to smell the earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow, to hear the sun rise and night fall – to care.
 ~ John Cleal
The Plastic Bag Store
Adelaide Festival 2021: The Plastic Bag Store
Imagine walking into a supermarket and all the ‘produce’ is made from plastic! Brooklyn - based artist and filmmaker Robin Frohardt has created an installation that is as funny as it is horrific.
Art, craft, film and puppetry converge in this unique installation. Items resemble everyday products, from tubs of ice cream and whole rotisserie chickens to deli items, mixed salads, fruit, and vegetables.
The experience starts off with a 30 minutes film of a puppet performance (it was to be live but because of COVID not possible to bring the performers to Australia) and then the students are taken on a guided tour of the ‘supermarket’.  Real life experience with many stimulating ideas to take back to your centre supporting Outcome 5 of EYLF : Children become socially responsible and show respect for their environment.
Special school sessions for groups of up to 35 children and adults
Wed 24 – Fri 26 February
Tue 2 – Fri 5 March
Tues 9 – Fri 12
All sessions are 10.30-11.30am
Free – but bookings required because of limited numbers.
Venue: 1st floor of what was the Harris Scarfe Department Store in the Rundle Mall
Questions and bookings contact:
Plastic Bag Store Trailer
SA bans singles use soft plastics.
After a delay due to Covid 19 the SA ban on single use plastic will begin from March 1st 2021. Plastic straws, cutlery and drink stirrers will all be banned. Polystyrene cups, bowls and plates will be banned in 2022. After that the Government will be looking at coffee cups and fruit and veg barrier bags. For many this is not early enough but once again SA leads the way.
We hope education and care services have already done away with single use plastics.
Surveys of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a rotating soup of plastic in the north Pacific Ocean, conducted in 2015 and 2016 estimate 78,400 tonnes of plastic waste are packed into an area almost the size of Queensland
Remember some of the R’s - Repurpose and Recycle.
The beginning of a new year is often a time for spring cleaning and revitalising our education and learning spaces. At this time, we hope you are continuing to educate by repurposing and recycling as much as possible.
There is always something happening with recycling in Australia with recent investment in new recycling facilities being supported by both Federal and State governments as well as independent investors. A couple of examples of this include:
  • A trial textile recycling program established by Bathurst Regional Council in Central NSW collected and recycled 1,600kg of textile materials in just one month. Clothing, bedding, curtains and all manner of other old textiles were successfully recycled through the program. The recycle textiles were reused in three ways: as clothing in developing nations; cut up for rags and cleaning uses; and broken down into fibres through innovative recycling processes, for re-creation into entirely new fabrics for various uses. The council partnered with Textile Recyclers Australia, a Sydney-based company who recently opened a new recycling facility to continue their work aimed at promoting circular fashion.
  • A Federal and State Government partnership is putting more investment into resource recovery in South Australia. While SA is a leader in resource recovery this new investment will have a focus on investigating new technology and equipment related to mixed plastics reprocessing and improving the recovery and separation of soft plastics.
You can find environmentally responsible options for recycling including recycling old textiles via Recycling Near You.
Staying eco-friendly in summertime:
Some ideas for service and your families:
  • Use natural cool breezes and fans more than your air conditioner as they use much less energy.
  • Use blinds/curtains to keep direct sunlight out and keep rooms cooler.
  • Use reusables, if you are providing ice block for children make your own
  • Adopt plant-based eating. Eat salad for the sake of the planet, and because it tastes good and is healthier for you too. Share great salad recipes with families.
  • Buy in season and locally grown. Know the source of the food you buy, who owns the company and where it is coming from
  • Choose sustainable seafood options. Check the GoodFish guide for sustainable options.
  • If you haven’t done so already, retire the clothes dryer. Summer is the best time to air dry clothes. Using a clothes horse means you can move use them inside and out and remember to skip the plastic cloths pegs, and us eco-friendly ones.
Dates and future events for your diary
  • World Pulses day 10th February
  • World Wild Life Day 3rd March
  • Clean Up Australia Day 7th March
  • International Women’s Day: Monday 8 March 2021
  • International Day of Forests 21st March
  • Earth Hour 28th March
Earth provides enough for everyone’s needs but not everyone’s greed.
The world is not ours, the earth is not ours. It's a treasure we hold in trust for future generations.
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