Thank you to all of the schools that took part in the SEED upcycling challenge. There were some fantastic entries emailed through and it was absolutely inspiring to see how creative kids can be!
The best bit though, is all of that waste that was turned into something useful!
A big shout out to our winners Wooragee Primary School, Mansfield Primary School and Dederang Primary.
George at Wooragee Primary who created a helicopter from a range of reused things. It even had a windscreen from an upcycled medicine cup and a motor than spun the chopper blades! Wooragee PS students seemed to all have amazing (and different) ideas about how to upcycle household items. There was a basketball that had been turned into a hanging pot, a milk bottle bird house and a fish trap made out of an old water bottle just to name a few!
The students in 3C at Mansfield PS saved lots of household waste items, then they made modifications, so the items would be suitable for their new role as seed growing containers. Next students filled the containers with damp cotton wool and sprinkled seeds over the top. They kept the seeds moist by watering them and enclosing them in recycled zip-up sandwich bags. Students chose to grow watercress and parsley seeds and now they have garnishes for their school lunches! For water sprayers students used recycled Preen and Windex bottles. Awesome!
Dederang Primary are the masters of Upcycling! They did a massive school waste audit and decided they really wanted to reduce their waste-to-landfill. So they did (by a lot!) and part of the strategy was to repurpose things like bottle caps, old pallets, old tires and heaps more!
‘At lunch times we can thread bottle caps or make art work. I like doing this.’ By Mia
Bogong Outdoor School
The staff at Bogong outdoor school have been busy upcycling too. Here’s their latest creation; an old fridge that they have made into a solar oven. Its still in testing phase but I’m told it won’t be long before this oven will be cooking tasty stews and pizzas with only the help of the sun! How sustainable is that?!