Derby schoolchildren create eco-greenhouse from used plastic bottles

Derby schoolchildren create eco-greenhouse from used plastic bottles

The children of Arboretum Primary in Derby were excited to receive a visit from East Midlands Today in late October as they unveiled the latest addition to their outdoor learning area – a greenhouse constructed out of used fizzy drinks bottles. 

Recycling in the community 

As suppliers of a large and versatile range of recycling and animal-shaped educational talking bins, we are always pleased to see children involved in community recycling projects such as this one. The children and staff were supported in the construction of the eco-greenhouse by members of the local Rotary Club and Mercuryavs, a local IT provider who specialise in working with schools. 1200 drinks bottles were collected by the children and staff to make the greenhouse. Not only is this an imaginative and innovative way to recycle plastic bottles, it’s a valuable lesson to children and the wider community on the importance of recycling and the different ways this can be achieved. 

Bringing the curriculum to life 

As well as learning about the science involved in using empty plastic bottles to help plants grow, the new greenhouse can be used to support many areas of the primary school curriculum. Not only will the children learn about the science involved in growing plants in their greenhouse, they will also develop their numeracy and literacy skills as they plan and carry out their gardening projects. The teamwork involved in building the greenhouse then using it to cultivate plants will also form an important part of the personal, social and health education that is such an important area of learning at the primary school stage. 

Building an eco-greenhouse from plastic bottles

At Arboretum Primary, the team used a wooden frame as the basis for their eco-greenhouse. However, those planning to construct one can take the recycling process a step further by asking around locally to see if anyone has an old greenhouse frame they no longer need. Schools and community groups interested in building a plastic bottle greenhouse can find instructions on the RHS Campaign for School Gardening website. For secondary school students, this can also be an extremely useful exercise in design and technology and project management. The RHS Campaign for School Gardening’s online resource is packed with many other innovative and interesting ideas on how to get young people engaged with gardening, including exciting competitions ranging from growing a monster pumpkin to designing a show garden for the prestigious RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. 

Recycling every day 

While projects like constructing an eco-greenhouse are extremely valuable in raising awareness and engaging young people in the need to think green, in order to have any positive impact on the environment, they must be backed up by the eco-friendly disposal of the recyclable materials we all use every day. Amberol’s outdoor and indoor recycling bins are designed to make recycling on the go easy and convenient in a wide range of public and communal locations across the UK. To find out more, please email sales@amberol.co.uk or call us on 01773 830930. 

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