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Environmental Sustainability Project Award Nomination

 
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Congratulations to Anouk Ely and Nina Currie-Powell (Year 10) whose environmental sustainability project (developed as a part of the Green Heart Schools Student Environmental Leadership Network - SELN) was recently nominated for the Cleaner Suburbs Awards Clean Schools Award (Secondary School category).

Anouk explains her project below:

“We joined the SELN initiative because of our passion for saving the environment. It has been an exciting journey and we have met many amazing Brisbane citizens with the same passion as us. We are so thankful to have been a part of this. 

For our project, Nina and I looked at fast fashionFast fashion is becoming more and more popular but is not sustainable. It has a negative impact on the environment as textile dying and waste creates toxic chemicals that are the contributing to water pollution. Not only this but fast fashion clothing is often created in sweat shops, which is a pejorative term for a workplace that has very poor, socially unacceptable working conditions. The work may be difficult, dangerous, climatically challenged or underpaid. Sweat shops are also known as modern day slavery and are very inhumane.

In my research, I found out that 2,000 gallons of water is required to manufacture a single pair of jeans and 713 gallons for a new t-shirt. By 2025 it is estimated that 1.8 billion people will live in places plagued by water scarcity. This is horrific, and sadly the fast fashion industry is taking no drastic measures.

The solution I found was to create new clothes out of 100% recycled materials. We have made many hair accessories from recycled materials, which has not only been environmentally friendly, but also creative and fun. All of the money we make from selling these items will go towards a herb garden for our school.

Thanks for reading. May the forest be with you."​

Article by Anouk Ely and Nina Currie-Powell

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Last reviewed 30 October 2018
Last updated 30 October 2018