A great big Thank You to everyone who has supported us on our 2016 Archibull Journey
Resources we used to support our work
The day had finally come and we were able to put all the pieces of our Archie together.
Please meet our 2016 Archibull Entry " KIng Cotton - Leader in his Field"
Our journey has been so much fun we have learn't about Cotton , Waste and most of all about ourselves and our classmates.
The above animation discusses the effects of Clothing Waste and what we can do.
What a journey it has been in 2016 . We have had so much fun as well as some obstacles along the way.
What started back in May as a blank canvas and is now 5 months later has been transformed into a work of Art.
There were so many parts of our journey in 2016
We had so many learning experiences throughout our journey on The Cotton Industry at times it may have been bumpy and stressful trying to get things completed on time. But with the support of our classmates and teachers we were able to produce our Masterpiece. We hope you are as proud of what we achieved as what we are.
Today I went to my first real "Clothing Swap Event" at The Bulli PCYC. What can I say I had so much fun, hours of searching and finding some really unique pieces of clothing, accessories, shoes and bags.
Entry was at 12.30 as we had pre dropped our 30 items of clothing and this gave us early entry to rap a bargain. On arrival we were given a peg with the number of clothes we could swap for and paid our $5 entry fee.
The hall was filled with gazebos for clothes to hang on and tables piled high with clothes. Previously the event had been held at The Balgownie Community Hall but due to interest had been moved to this venue. I could see why, the number of people at early entry was way more than I had expected. After speaking to Shane the organiser said that she had approx. 100 people pre drop their 30 items, thats 3000 items to start the day with. Then Shane estimated that she had another 100 people attend on the day bringing up to 20 items. There was a steady flow of people throughout the day.
So the GreatGong Clothing Swap would've had over 200people com through the doors sorting through about 5000 items of clothing. I think nearly everyone as they left was carrying way more than their quota.
What a huge success the day was. Not only did I get some great clothes but I also met up with some friends that I hadn't seen for a long time and we got to make a bag out of a t.shirt.
I loved the idea of making a bag out of a t.shirt and how simple it was.
Steps to make a T.shirt Bag
What a great way to recycle an old t.shirt, no sewing and anyone can do it.
At the end of this fantastic event all of the clothing that was left over was donated to The Wollongong Homeless Hub
It's funny how when you hold and event and ask for help you find other people in your community that are doing great things. This happened at our school when we held our schools recent Clothing Swap.
On hearing that we were holding a "Clothing Swap" at our school one of the mum's came forward and spoke to us about an event that she holds in our local community.
Shane will be holding A Clothes Swap on Saturday 8th October at The Bulli PCYC if you are interested the following link talks about the event.
Clothing swaps are a great way to clean out our wardrobes and donate clothing to great causes instead of landfill.
With all clothing that is left at the end of the day it is being donated to The Wollongong Homeless Hub.
Keep watching this space for more information about this great event......................
Sustainable Living and what you, your family and school can do to reduce waste and our Carbon Footprint
Well where do we start,
I think first we need to understand what Sustainable Living is.
"Sustainable living involves living as lightly on the Earth as possible. Someone who succeeds at living a sustainable lifestyle will use very few resources and will leave the environment as untouched as possible so that future generations will be able to enjoy the same high quality of life that people do today."
What is Waste?
"Waste is any product that has no further use or value for the person or organisation that owns it and which will be discarded."
Waste can come in many forms we can have industrial, clothing and food waste to name a few.
So why is waste so much of a problem?
Basically we live in a throw away society where when we don't want something, its out of fashion or doesn't work anymore we just throw it away. This then causes so many more problems as the amount of waste that we are getting rid of potentially will have negative effects on the environment and our health.
This is a problem for everyone, you , me , our school and our local community.
You might ask "But what can I do?"
Well we know the age old message reduce, reuse and recycle. This is something that we can implement at home, school and in the local community. A great starting point for everyone.
But, What can I do at home to reduce the amount of clothing waste going to landfill?
Well, first it might be a good idea to have a look at what you have in the wardrobe and sort out the clothing into categories :
What can my family do ?
Well it might be a good idea to have a family discussion about waste and the effects that waste has on the environment. From here you could work out your family could play their part. Here are a few suggestions
What can we do at School ?
At our school Gwynneville we have strategies already in place to help reduce clothing waste
If we can all do our little part to limit the amount of waste going to landfill were also helping to reduce our Carbon Footprint.
ACT LOCALLY THINK GLOBALLY