How important is it to be an eco-friendly school?

Ecocleen is proud to live up to its name by being completely green and “eco”. We want to provide a sustainable future for all our customers – we live and breathe the eco way. This is especially important for children, who are the future of our planet. Read on for advice on how you can make your school more eco-friendly.

The world is changing at an alarming rate. Some of these changes are for the better, but sadly, others aren’t.

As a result of what we call “the chemical revolution” over the last couple of hundred years, we’ve seen some changes that are incredibly harmful to our planet:

  • Every second, 310kg of toxic chemicals are released into the air, the land and the water by industrial facilities
  • 47,000 people die every year from chemical poisoning
  • The countries that make up the European Union were responsible for 3bn tonnes of waste in 2006
  • More than 3m children under the age of 5 die every year as a result of environmental factors like pollution

(Source: Eurostats and Worldometer)


Protecting the earth for the future of our children

These are scary statistics. But there is something that we can all do to help. Those who work with children should understand, more than most, the need for them to grow up in a safe environment, with a healthy planet.

Do we want our children growing up in a world that gets messier and more polluted with every passing year? We need to protect the earth for the future of our children. We don’t want them growing up thinking that the environment is an infinite resource that they don’t need to care for, so we need to educate them and lead by example.

Something actionable and practical your school can do to make a little bit of difference in the world and spread the world about the importance of being ecologically and environmentally friendly.


The rise of the “eco-school”

In a nutshell, “eco-schools” are institutions that are committed to supporting sustainability and eco-friendly practices; with the staff and students working in harmony to make it happen.

They focus on some of the things we all know we should do, but often don’t. This includes reusing and recycling, saving energy and water, planting trees and avoiding unnecessary printing.

It’s not rocket science, but by focusing on these things, these eco-schools are doing their bit as well as educating a future generation to do things the right way.

Is your school an eco-school? Here are our five pointers for injecting an eco-friendly spirit and focus into your school.


Develop an eco-committee

An eco-committee can be made up of pupils and adults who work together to drive your eco-school’s work. They meet regularly to discuss the action plan and brainstorm ideas. This is great for teaching team building skills.


Plan and carry out an environmental review

An environmental review is an audit of your school which covers all the things you currently do to help the environment. This will help the eco-committee create the action plan. This helps teach awareness of current surroundings and evaluation skills.


Write an action plan

The action plan is a working document to be reviewed, revised and amended regularly. This should help you outline a clear guide for the eco-committee to follow and drive throughout the school. Focus on resolving the problems that were found in the environmental reviews. This teaches planning and organisation skills.


Build your action plan into your curriculum work

Link your action plan to the curriculum, to ensure that your new eco-school values are well integrated within the school community. This can be done either directly through science, civics and environmental classes, or indirectly in other subjects through innovative teaching. It’s good for pupils to gain understanding of how real life environmental issues are dealt with in a real-life setting. This is great for all round education.


Get everyone involved

This is not an exclusive club, this is a message everyone needs to hear about – the school and the wider community. Get as many pupils, teachers, staff, parents, familiar and the community involved. This is great for teaching campaigning skills and encouraging student-led schemes.

We all know that when children are given responsibility and ownership of something they respond with greater enthusiasm and commitment. So, if you’re not already doing this, then it is well worth looking into. The benefits are endless, for your school, your staff, your pupils and obviously the environment.

We can’t change the world on our own. We know that. But we can do two things: do our best and teach others to do their best too. If everyone does that, then we’ll be in a much better place.