My name is Rebecca and I am 10 years old. Earlier this year we had Cat from Millennium Kids come to our school to talk to us about the dangers of a wasteful planet. When I say “waste” I don’t just mean plastic pollution but that’s what I mainly focused on.
That day, I learnt that one kid CAN make a difference, by not using single use plastics like straws and bags. I got inspired! So this is where my project started. I decided to decline individually packaged foods and to not wrap my school lunches in plastic-wrap. Instead I found a recipe online on how to make beeswax-wraps, which are pieces of fabric coated in beeswax and you use them in place of plastic wrap. My mum and I experimented with the recipe and made ourselves a set for home which we all loved using and found that they were very effective.
At the same time, my class was also inspired by Cat’s fun presentation and were trying to encourage the whole school, starting with my class to have waste free Wednesday. One morning when I was making my lunch I had a brain-sparkmoment!!! I could make a beeswax wrap for everyone in my class! It would take some time but that was okay since I enjoyed doing it and the holidays coming up soon, and hopefully it would encourage my class to go waste free. So that’s exactly what I did. I made thirty six wraps which was enough for all my class mates, teachers, and Deputy Principals. My friend told me that they changed her lunchbox and lifestyle. Which made me feel great.
I did more research and found another recipe which was easier and even more effective.
The ingredients are beeswax, coconut oil and gum rosin.
I love the final product.
Thanks to the City of Stirling for the Living Green support for our school.