Talk about turning trash into treasure, the children have repurposed these various bottles and created whimsical works of art. Plastic takes about 450 years to degrade and when you think about millions of plastic bottles piled up for generations, it does give you pause for thought.
We reused a variety of clear plastic bottles and stuffed them with brightly colored painted paper towels.
Let’s not forget that the accessibility of open-ended resources helps prompt curiosity and provokes investigation. Exploration is essential for young children’s growth. If children are not motivated and inspired, then they will not learn!
Here's a list of some common garbage items and how long it takes for them to degrade in the environment.
• Disposable diapers: 450 years
• Rubber boot sole: 50 to 80 years
• Tin can: 50 years
• Leather: 50 years
• Nylon fabric: 30 to 40 years
• Plastic bag: 10 to 20 years
• Cigarette butt: one to five years
• Wool sock: one to five years
• Plywood: one to three years
• Waxed milk carton: three months
• Apple core: two months
• Newspaper: six weeks
• Orange or banana peel: two to five weeks
• Paper towel: two to four weeks
Sources: U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab; New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
When it comes to Casa Maria’s art, pre-loved is new and repurposed art is considered Eco-Cycle Chic!