Costsmart & emma mcbride earth day competition

Earlier this year the member for Dobell, Emma McBride, created an initiative to engage young students in Earth Day and to raise awareness about the damage plastic is doing to our oceans and marine life. Emma and her party created an art competition for year five students on the Central Coast in her electorate. The competition required the children to get creative and draw, paint or make a collage of their favourite sea creatures. CostSmart was happy to work in partnership with Emma McBride in sourcing the calico tote bags and coordinating the print of the winning students’ design onto the bags. The bags will be used for handouts at local events.

The competition was designed to engage young children and educate them about the harmful effects of plastics on our environment. Also, it provided the students with a hands-on-way to share an important message. The competition appropriately finished on the 22nd of April – Earth Day 2018. A local Central Coast not-for-profit organisation, Take3 For the Sea judged the competition. In conjunction with the winning student having their design printed on the calico tote bags, their entire class also got to enjoy an educational excursion to Norah Head rock pools with marine educators Ocean and Coastal Care Initiative (OCCI). This was a creative initiative supporting sustainability and environmental education for Central Coast youth.

In addition to the calico tote bags, CostSmart were asked to source ‘eco pens‘, an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastic pens. CostSmart really enjoyed working in collaboration on this project with Emma’s team. We are glad to help play a role in supporting sustainability and environmental education for Central Coast youth.


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