Pupils from Damers First School have developed an eco-friendly alternative to cling-film
Waxtastic, beeswax-coated cotton that keeps food fresh, was officially launched by the Eco Enforcers at Damers First School last week in front of an audience of local businesses. The event launched the school’s entry to this year’s Fiver Challenge, a national competition to encourage entrepreneurial skills in children that lends each pupil £5 to start a business.
Waxtastic costs £6 for a pack of three and is available in three different sizes and pretty prints. The cloth can be used to cover food, and is safe for everything except meat. When washed in cold water and soap, Waxtastic can be reused and is expected to keep for up to one year. The children make the cloths themselves using Dorset beeswax.
Following the pitch to local businesses, Bonjour Café, Poundbury Garden Centre and Poundbury Florist agreed to stock Waxtastic to sell to customers. You can also buy Waxtastic direct from the Eco Enforcers at several local events this summer (see list below).
With two consecutive wins under their belts for 2017 and 2016 with eco cleaning product Spick n Span and wild flower bombs Garden Grenades, the children have built confidence and expertise in launching pop-up businesses. After the first week of the Fiver Challenge, the Eco Enforcers were announced as winners of the best logo.
Teacher Edd Moore said: “Some of the children have taken part every year and to see them grow in confidence, knowledge and gain so much experience is amazing.”
The children said Waxtastic ties in with their work to reduce single-use plastic in schools, homes and the local community. Last year the eco pupils at Damers First School launched Refill Poundbury, a branch of a national initiative to sign-up businesses that agree to fill up water bottles for shoppers and customers. Their work to reduce single-use plastic at Damers First School, which included speaking to the school’s suppliers about using alternatives to plastic, was recently recognised by Surfers Against Sewage when the school was awarded plastic-free status. Damers First School will attend the TES School Awards in London on Friday (22 June) as a nominee for Most Sustainable School.
The school children are now determined to roll-out their campaign to the local community. A new Facebook page was recently set up inspired by the children’s work, called ‘Let’s make Dorchester plastic-free’. On a recent visit to the school, local MP Oliver Letwin met with members of Eco Enforcers and was given a prototype of Waxtastic.
Eco Enforcers will be selling Waxtastic at the following events and locations:
- Sat 30th June – Outside Waitrose in Poundbury, 9am-1pm
- Sat 7th July – Poundbury Farmers’ Market, Queen Mother Square, 9am–12noon
- Sat 7th July – DCNS Summer Funday on the Great Field, 12.30pm-3pm
- Sat 1st & Sun 2nd September – Dorset County Show