20 April 2011>
Children, their parents and staff from Pentwynmawr Primary School have been learning more about Fairtrade and waste minimisation by holding a fashion show with a difference recently.
Pupils in years 5 and 6 have been taking part in workshops over recent months to help them understand all about Fairtrade and the impact they can have during their day-to-day lives, with the help of Fairtrade volunteer Jess Amos and Caerphilly County Borough Council's Sustainable Development team.
The children also learned about waste minimisation and how they could help reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill by re-using materials. The pupils also had the opportunity to design Fairtrade organic t-shirts, complete with their own 'green' message.
This hard work culminated in a Fairtrade/Reuse fashion show where the pupils showcased their Fairtrade outfits made from recycled materials.
Cllr Colin Mann, Deputy Leader of Council and Cabinet Member responsible for Sustainability said, "This excellent school project helped the youngsters to learn some important sustainability messages, which I am confident they will continue to develop as they progress throughout their school career".
Armed with their new-found knowledge, the pupils were then able to educate other pupils and their teachers within their school, along with their visitors, to help raise awareness of Fairtrade and waste minimisation.
This Fairtrade/Reuse project will support the schools' work for their second Eco School Green Flag Award, as well as their work for the Fairtrade Schools Scheme Award.
For more information about the Fairtrade Schools Scheme in the Caerphilly County Borough, please contact Tracy Evans, Education for Sustainable Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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