In today’s world, it is easy to be daunted by all the messages of doom, gloom and despondency when it comes to the state of our planet. However, as important as it is to know this, it’s more vital to think about what we can be doing to make a positive change. So this week, Year 6 have been learning how to make one small change which hopefully, will make a big difference.
Candice Rafferty set up her business ‘Wrappini’ several years ago here in Bangkok, making reusable beeswax covers that can be used to as a replacement for plastic food covering and containers. Whilst it may seem very small, it should eradicate the need for plastic in the kitchen and prevent more from being dumped in the oceans. Moreover, all the materials used are locally sourced and contain no harmful chemicals (the same cannot be said for all plastic products).
The students had an enormous amount of fun creating their wraps; from choosing the material and design they wanted and painting on the wax, through to seeing their final finished product. For many of students, just being in a kitchen environment and using an oven was a first and this activity helped them to become more confident in knowing how to use the equipment safely. Already, the students have been coming into school, proudly showing off how they are using their wraps instead of plastic. Our next steps are to think about other small, manageable changes we can make to have a big impact on our planet’s future.