0 Archie COVERAn enviro book for children is now available to help teach children about the dangers of plastic pollution. This book is designed to be read by parents or teachers to 3 to 6 year olds and is the first of a series involving Enviro Archie.  In the first book, we join 5-year old Archie as he visits the beach with his Mother in the small town of Weston. Archie soon gets involved in a beach clean-up and learns how dangerous litter can be to birds, fish, turtles and dolphins.

A new range of pricing packages will be available in 2018 to make it more economical for early learning centres to enjoy the benefits of the Small GREEN Steps program over a longer period with more time to implement the program.

The Small Green Steps program and associated online courses are  available to childcare educators across the USA. The online sustainability program has already been a hit with early learning organizations in the UK and Australia.

We are happy to announce that Graeme Ward has joined the Small GREEN Steps team and is now available to assist early learning services in the ADELAIDE area. Graeme has been involved in the sustainability sector since 2009 and brings with him a wide range of experience particularly in the area of energy efficiency. Graeme is available to visit your centre to help you embed sustainable practices. In particular Graeme can provide:

In order to help you in your Small Green Steps waste management activities, we strongly recommend the Ecobin system. Ecobin was established in Melbourne in 2008 and is a 4 bin waste separation system that helps you sort waste into four categories - Organic, Mixed, Landfill and Paper.

On 6 November 2017, the World Meteorological Organization issued the following press relesae on the state of the global climate for 2017:

Email us your favourite environmental or sustainability photograph in our very first Small GREEN Steps competition. The photo can be from an environmental or gardening project at your centre or the photo can be from your travels showing nature at its best.

One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted. Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic. 

Polystyrene foam has grown to be an impressively famous element of the food industry. Like practically all plastics, it is very easy and convenient to use, which makes it a perfect material for single-use food containers thanks to its aptitude for preserving heat – or, rather, it would be perfect if not for its serious environmental impact.

The Small Green Steps program has recently been launched to childcare centres and nurseries in the UK.  The majority of the original program material has remained untouched however the Australian specific material has been replaced by UK material.

 

Small GREEN Steps are proud sponsors of the 'Washed Ashore' marine debris sculpture project at St Andrew's Anglican College. Students were asked to make sculptures from plastic pollution gathered from local beaches.

The CSIRO recently outlined balloons to be in the top three most harmful pollutants threatening marine wildlife. Every day balloons are released or accidentally escape from outdoor events where they almost definitely end up in waterways and the ocean where they can be mistaken by wildlife for food.

Almost every State and Territory in Australia has taken some steps to protect our valuable waterways and marine life, whether it is in the form of container deposit schemes, single use plastic bag bans or a government plan to combat marine plastic pollution.

The first of a line of Sustainability Books is now available to purchase. The books have been written for early childhood Educators to provide a basic understanding of key environmental and sustainability issues.

Are any of your Small Green Steps certificates older than 12 months? Well now you can update any or all of your certificates at no extra cost by emailing us a request.

We are now in the position to take Credit Card payments for Small Green Steps invoices.  Credit Card payments are made via our MYOB accounting package and all processing fees are covered by Sustainable Directions Pty Ltd, the owners and developers of the SMALL Green Steps program.

Levels of carbon dioxide in the southern hemisphere’s background atmosphere reached 400 parts per million, according to a measuring station at Cape Grim in Tasmania. World's carbon dioxide concentration teetering on the point of no return.

Not sure what to do with those old cups and teapots? Well with a little bit of imagination, they can easily be transformed into a Bird House or a Bird Feed holders for your garden area.

 

Are you still trying to get the message across about the growing impact of Plastic Pollution? Well here is a list of depressing statistics that you can chose from to mention in any communication to parents, families and staff to help inspire them to avoid single use products such as plastic bags, drink bottles, straws, etc.

Green Stars for Children has been introduced as an optional component of the SMALL GREEN STEPS program and has been designed to involve children in environmental activities.

Little Learners Early Education in South Morang, Victoria are well down the path to sustainability and a great example on how sustainable practices can be embedded across service operations. Approximately 40 staff from Little Learners are participating in the Small Green Steps program to add to their already impressive range of sustainability practices.