Teenagers set to be the nursery staff and school teachers of the future learned about crafting for young children the environmentally friendly and budget friendly way. The students who are learning how to care for young children, visited the Crow Recycling Scrapstore in Coventry. The group picked up skills they need to lead craft activities for young children while keeping costs down and treading lightly on the planet. Using Scrapstore materials diverted from landfill they made decorated jars, collages and fabric mache bowls, all ideal projects for small children. The 12 students are all at Warwickshire College's Rugby campus studying T level early years. T levels are equivalent to A levels but involve part of each week on a work placement. The group who visited Crow are doing work placements in nurseries and expect to go on to work in nurseries and schools. Scrapstore manager Kathy Heard said: "It's great to show students the creative possibilities of reused craft items saved from landfill. There's no need to spend a fortune to express creativity. This is creativity on a shoestring." The Crow Recycling Scrapstore is a shop selling reused items, many of them saved from landfill, for arts and crafts. Crow Recycling is a registered charity in Coventry providing work placements for disabled people. Crow also provides commercial services destroying confidential waste paper, processing cans for recycling and selling animal bedding.
Crow Recycling is welcoming donations of second hand books. If you have books you don't need any more Crow Recycling can accept them as donations. Art and crafts themed books will be put on sale in our membership Scrapstore, a reuse art and crafts shop. The rest will be sold in bulk by weight to online second hand book dealer World of Books. The money from the sales will be used to support Crow's work providing work placements for disabled people. Crow is a registered charity. Books can be dropped off at our warehouse Orchard House in Sparkbrook Street, Hillfields, Coventry CV1 5LB. At the moment we are open Mondays and Tuesdays 9.30am to 3pm. Ring Crow on 02476552444 before you set off so we are ready to accept your donation.
Five Christmas waste swaps to help both tread lightly on the planet and have a brilliant Christmas Wrapping paper Presents wrapped in brown paper, newspaper and fabric Wrapping that is all or partly shiny and metallic can't be recycled so swap to the non metallic kind or try these options Newspaper, reused and easily recycled, with reusable ribbon to give a Christmassy look Fabric and ribbon, both ideal for reuse Brown paper, well suited to recycling, along with reusable ribbon Christmas catalogues Christmas catalogues With so many shops now online printed Christmas catalogues are an extra rather than an essential. Ring or e mail every organisation that sends a paper catalogue and ask them not to. General Data Protection Regulations allow people to opt out of postal advertising addressed to them by name. Sadly this doesn't extend to junk mail addressed to occupier or with no name or address Use the company's website instead to find out about their products. Christmas trees Library Christmas tree Buying a tree grown in a field on a farm, admiring it for a couple of weeks and then taking it to a council tip is the maximum waste approach. Instead you could Buy a container grown tree, keep it in the garden and bring it in every year Buy an artificial tree and use it every year Or even better a second hand artificial tree and use it every year Use your creativity for an eye catching substitute for a Christmas tree. Everything from decorating a large pot plant to arranging fairy lights in a tree shape on a blank wall celebrates Christmas without the waste. This Christmas tree substitute was created [...]