To save you time from trawling the internet to find schemes and websites to do with teaching sustainability, below are many useful sources of information:
- Tools for Schools
- B&Q donate store items to schools
- General Environmental Education Websites / Resources
- Books / E-Books
- Energy from Waste
- Tins and Cans
- Gardening and growing food
- Climate change and weather
- Litter - land and marine
- School communications
- Circular Economy / Planned Obsolescence
- WEEE - Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment
- Paper towels
Running since 1985 the scrapstore accepts unwanted materials from local businesses and organisations and turns them into valuable resources for play, artistic and creative purposes. For the cost of a nominal annual fee and a small charge per basket or bag of scrap you will be able to receive the amazing benefits that the Scrapstore has to offer.
Is a not for profit membership association which provides a range of services for people of all ages and interests - its not just for the kids! People pay an annual membership fee, and then pay a just a little each time they collect some scrap.
Ali-Way scrap store sells clean recycled materials for craft activities to schools, groups and clubs, child minders, nurseries and individuals and families at very low cost. The items sold come from local business and scrap swaps with other scrap stores. People may choose to become members of the Scrap Store. Containers cost: £3/£2 (for members) per small container of scrap or £7/£5 (for members) per large container.
An veritable Aladdin's Cave, full of interesting, locally-sourced scrap materials. It is an invaluable environmental project, sourcing waste things, then giving you the opportunity to turn them into playthings.
Membership £5 for individuals/ £10 for groups. A donation of £1 is requested per bag. The scrapstore is full of exciting and interesting items that people can use for art and creativity. There is also a small craft shop for customers to buy various artists equipment. Laminating and photocopying is also available.
The WOW North Devon Scrap Store is currently open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 - 3pm, with FREE parking outside.
WOW is a new project aimed at creating a sustainable future for reusable waste from local businesses in the North Devon area. By collecting from local businesses they aim to reduce the amount of commercial waste going to landfill and provide local people with a range of materials to reuse, recycle and reimagine.
They have a workshop onsite which is used to run creative workshops and is available to rent out for small groups.
Tool Shed is a garden tool recycling project which collects old tools for refurbishment by local prisons. The spruced up tools are then given free to schools and community groups.
The scheme is operated by the Conservation Foundation and HM Prisons. Click here to find out more.
B&Q donates unsaleable products and waste materials for re-use by recognised community groups, e.g. schools, charities, The Scout Association.
They donate items such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, broken tiles for mosaic projects.
For more details and how to apply for items see
Here are some good examples of environmental educational websites and resources:
Recycledevon - for information on Devon recycling schemes
Recyclenow - advice on putting recycling into practice in schools
Wasteaware - teachers pack of resources, although it has a Hertfordshire bias there are many useable activities
Keep Britain Tidy - downloadable school's learning pack to support Keep Britain Tidy's litter campaign
Recyclemore - curriculum linked activities
BBC interactive recycling and waste iposter - designed for pupils aged 7-11. An excellent, but sadly not free, resource
Eco Schools - work towards a recognised environmental award
The Story of Stuff - really good and simple description of the problem of consumerism
BP educational pages - primary and secondary curriculum linked activities for geography, science, DT and business studies
The Soil Association - activities and resources designed for children from rural areas or who have been to a farm on a trip
National Association for Environmental Education - a 40 year old charity set up to aid teachers, contains articles and publications
The Pod - excellent resources and lesson plans to teach environmental issues
Sparklebox - has some useful shared teaching resources
Countryside Classroom - Teaching Resources for the Outdoor Classroom
Mapping our world - interactive Oxfam resource about maps and globes
Recycling posters for schools and bin labels - free to download
Recycling posters for secondary schools - free to download
3Rs poster for primary schools
What does recycling mean to me? - Secondary school - video and lesson plan 1
The consequences of recycling - Secondary school - video and lesson plan 2
Who else can help to recycle more? - Secondary school - video and lesson plan 3
Primary assembly video - 15 minutes to save the world
Hidden wealth in waste video - General overview of waste, recycling, raw resources, composting, Energy from Waste and landfill sites. This London Council based video is hosted on you tube, lasts 18 minutes and is suitable for upper KS2.
Top tips for sustainability in Schools - 28 page Department for Education Guide
Growing Devon Schools - partnership of Devon organisations (Zoo, gardens, community groups and growers) who support teachers in the development and delivery of the outdoor experiential curriculum
Follow the things - follow everyday objects back to their source and see their affect on other people
British Glass facts
RecycleDevon - you tube video about what happens to glass when it has been collected for recycling
Feature 1: The Adventures of Captain Cullet & the Little Gob o’ Glass: A Story of Hope & Recycling - you tube video 15mins for primary children. Sponsored by the glass industry.
Feature 2: Becoming a Glass Super Agent: You Can Make a Difference - you tube video 12 mins for primary children. Sponsored by the glass industry.
Think cans activities for KS1 and 2
Think cans activities for KS3
Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association - steel and aluminum themed experiments for KS1 and 2
Steel Appeal - RecycleDevon video: the story of recycling steel (2:55mins)
The story of Aluminium recycling - RecycleDevon video (2:05mins)
Wildlife Watch - plastic fantastic: things to do with plastic
Plastic recycling symbols explained
Virtual tour through a plastic recycling site - use the up and down arrows on your keyboard to navigate
How plastic bottles are made into polyester clothing - you tube video (5:30mins)
The colourful story of plastic recycling - RecycleDevon video (2:52mins)
Devon Community Compost Network - schools page
Composting in School: A practical guide to composting food waste - guide for teachers on composting food waste in schools
Watch worms at work! - Bioturbation
What can go into a home composter game
Anaerobic digestion - Carymoor guide to dealing with food waste
Garden Organic - wonderful games, growing activities and construction advice
Budding Gardeners - simple gardening ideas for schools
Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) - farming information and where food comes from with lesson plans
Royal Horticultural Society - campaign for schools gardening
Growing with Schools - advice for school based growers
Fruit-full schools - growing soft fruits
Send a Cow - Food miles - KS2 comparison between food eaten in Lesotho, Africa and UK
Love Food, Hate Waste - facts and tips on how to reduce, and use up, your food waste
WRAP resources - Reducing food waste in schools:
- Background information
- Improving familiarity and appreciation of school meals
- Improving the dining experience
- Meals cooked to order.
Nature Detectives Picnic Pack - tasty treats, plus fun and games for picnics in the woods
Grow your own picnic - sowing, growing and sharing school grown food
Resource Efficient Scotland - Food waste prevention powerpoint
Food waste infographic - hard hitting food waste facts
Food wastage footprint - 3.15mins you tube video
Fruit and veggies activities - wordsearch, crossword, guess the fruit and veg games
Egg code tracker - see how far your eggs have travelled
Met office teachers resources
Teaching Climate Change classroom resources for teachers
Oxfam's Climate Chaos - week of KS2 activities
Jim and Tim Go Green - short vimeo animated film about climate change and what we can do to help
Home sweet home animation - Entertaining environmental animation of planet earth being annoyed by human pollution and the resulting climate change chaos, which is then turned around (2 mins on vimeo)
Get Loopy! - Excellent Ellen MacArthur video (12 mins) aimed at KS2 introducing Circular Economy
What is a Circular Economy? - The circular economy demonstarted with Lego. This 3 minute you tube video was made by a school and is a simple introduction to adults and pupils alike. Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Recycling - how does recycling feature in the circular economy? 1minute long video from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy - explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again'. 3:50mins video. Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
The Story of Stuff - really good and simple description of the problem of consumerism. 21mins you tube video.
Circular Economy - European Commission site and video - for adults
Planned Obsolescence - definition and examples using washing machine and mobile phones
Ellen MacArthur Foundation website for secondary schools
You tube video - Ellen MacArthur introduces the Circular Economy concept - for adults
How we make stuff - Ellen MacArthur website
Inspirational TED talk from Ellen MacArthur talking about her solo around the world sailing and how it made her realise the importance of using resources carefully and responsibly.