Eco Journey

Since January 2019, our 15th year of Woodlands we decided that we needed to further our commitment to our children by trying to maintain and improve their planet. We want them to not only have the best experience with us in their early life but also to ensure that the world around them is more wonderful than it is now. As a large setting we know we need to reduce our carbon footprint and that we have a large platform to inspire others to do the same. This year we are working to make our business and our settings more eco friendly. Follow our journey to see the changes we have made so far and are continuing to do. We have set up our own instagram page too so please follow us there @woodlandsecoproject or our Facebook Woodlands Early Learning. We’d also love to see the things you are doing at home too so please tag us in or use the hash tag #woodlandswarriors

Together we can help ensure our children and future generations get to experience the same amazing planet we have. There is no Planet B.

 

Company Changes

As well as our commitment to teach our children about the change they can make we have also already made several changes within our buisness that are helping to reduce our carbon footprint. Our aim is to have significantly reduced our waste over the year including food waste, increase our recycling whilst also resusing what we can and eliminated single use plastics throughout both settings. This will be done through finding alternative products to those we are so used to using. Sourcing more eco friendly, sustainable products that share our vision but also reducing the amount of consumables we buy.

So far we have made huge progress in this area, we have stopped purchasing as much blue roll and have started to use more flannels, washable cloths and tea towels. We set ourselves the “Blue Roll Challenge” to really show our staff and children the vast amount we were using monthly, whilst also raising money for The World Land Trust. So far we have managed to reduce our Blue Roll use by 75%! Which we are very proud to have achieved in such a short space of time.

We have also stopped the use of plastic shoe covers in our Baby Bees. We are now using washable, fabric covers that are much kinder to the environment and also reduce our waste.

All of our staff now use fabric and washable aprons when serving food so no longer have to throw away plastic one use aprons. This has meant a huge reduction in plastic waste, as all of our staff would have normally worn an apron each, per meal, across both settings!

We have moved from standard branded nappies to providing and selling Biodegradable nappies from the british brand Kit and Kin. We also use the wipes and nappy sacks. The nappies are hypoallergenic, chlorine free and gentle on skin, so we haven’t compromised on quality, whilst also being made from sustainable materials, biodegradable and cruelty free. Even the nappy bags are completely compostable and biodegradable.

We gift all of our children a canvas nursery bag when they begin their journey with us to discourage the use of plastic bags being bought into the setting. We have sourced our own drawstring bag, with our logo, that is large enough for all of the day to day essentials that is also plastic free and sustainable.

We are now providing stainless steel Pura bottles for all of our children to use instead of plastic water bottle and baby bottles. These bottles are not only better for the environment they can also change for the growing needs of our children. They can be converted from a baby bottle to sippy cup to sports bottle and are more durable meaning there isn’t a need to keep replacing them, which helps us reduce waste. They are 100% plastic free, non toxic and BPA free.