Fundraising opportunity with Earth Mama
Earth Mama is a hub for plastic-free and waste-free education + inspiration and online plastic-free store, offering safe, high quality, Earth-friendly alternatives to plastic for everyday use.
Fundraising opportunity with Earth Mama.
I would like to encourage all New Zealand Early Childhood Education Centre’s to make their centres as Plastic Free as possible.
Earth Mama would like to offer you the opportunity to raise funds for your centre and at the same time encourage and educate both the parents and children to strive to live a life with less plastic.
I’m glad to hear that parents supported our fundraising.
Just wanted to share with you that since we have started the “Platic Free July” campaing, the managers at my centre decided to take more seriously the plastic and waste problem.
We have introduced since 3 weeks a compost and a soft plastic bin. We are also using wet flannels to clean our children’s hands and mouths after every meal instead of using wet wipes. I know it’s only a little step and there is still so much to do but at least it’s a start!!
Thank you so much for supporting our centre during the campaing. We will keep doing our best to promote a plastic free lifestyle with our children and parents." - Playcentre Mum
How it works:
Run a month ‘Plastic Free Campaign’, well will send you the marketing materials.
You market the products and we give you the commission on all sales.
- Direct buyers to Earth Mama website with a unique code for your centre for us to track your sales.
- Sales are done directly through our website, we will send you a weekly sales spreadsheet.
- The commission will be paid to your centre at the end of your ‘Plastic Free Campaign’.
- This takes all the admin out of you collecting money and keeping track of orders from your side.
- This enables customers to purchase from any location with the tracked courier shipping option available.
- Your buyers have access to all products on our website.
- You earn 15% of all sales made using your code during your ‘Plastic Free Campaign’ month.
Happy to discuss further to make it work for your centre x
PRODUCTS AVAILABLE FOR FUNDRAISER
An example of, but not limited to, a few of the quality products we stock that are available to you on Earth Mama website for your fundraiser http://www.earthmama.nz/
- STAINLESS STEEL DRINK BOTTES
- STAINLESS STEEL LUNCHBOXES INCLUDING PLANETBOX
- STAINLESS STEEL STRAWS
- SNACK BAGS
- FOOD WRAPS
- BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES
To change our beliefs and behaviour we must first understand the why?
We all know that plastic is no good for the environment but many of us avoid thinking about the actual truths as it seems like too big of a problem. Plastics have a very short life with us, but stick around for a long time. Our landfills and sadly our oceans are becoming plastic minefield’s. Plastic products have a massive carbon footprint and are produced using large amounts of fossil fuels. Plastic pollution is having disastrous effects for our wildlife and environment.
Plastic is not only bad for our planet but is also causing havoc with our bodies. Our children are believed to have the highest daily intake of Bisphenol-A (BPA) due to the use of plastic drink bottles, sippy cups, plates and lunchboxes. Most plastics are by nature leaching compounds which can be absorbed into liquids and foods especially when heated. Our babies and children are most at risk due to their underdeveloped endocrine systems and enzymes which make them particularly vulnerable to chemicals and toxins.
So, what can we do?
Creating a plastic-free environment for you and your family is definitely not an easy feat, in fact it can be daunting, just the thought of it. Here at Earth Mama, we suggest starting small, look at the plastics you are using on a daily basis and begin to eliminate those.
We have compiled our top 5 (simple and realistic) ideas to inspire you on your plastic conscious journey. Choose one of the below actions to focus on until it becomes engrained in your everyday life and then choose another.
- CARRY YOUR OWN REUSABLE DRINK BOTTLE
Are you still guilty of buying plastic water bottles? This is our number one action that you can start today! For something that may take you a few minutes to finish drinking, it can then take over 450 years for one little bottle to break down. Not only that, as plastic warms up or sits around for periods of time, chemicals are seeping right into that water that you are drinking. So, do Mother Earth, your wallet and your body a favour and buy a good grade stainless steel or glass bottle and stop buying plastic bottles.
- BRING YOUR OWN SHOPPING BAG
New Zealanders use around 1.6 billion single-use plastic bags every year. Single-use plastic bags are used for just 12 minutes on average, but they’ll spend thousands of years contaminating our environment.If you use reusable bags your whole life, you’d stop around 25,000 plastic bags from going into circulation (70 years x 355 bags per year).
- SAY NO TO THE PLASTIC STRAW
Every day we throw away enough plastic straws that, if joined end-to-end, they would go around the equator of Earth 2.5 times! Plastic Never Goes Away. Every single plastic straw that was ever made still exists today in some form. It has just broken down into smaller pieces. Marine life and birds are now mistaking these little pieces for food. They can't digest the plastic in their stomach and end up in a lot of pain. Many birds and fish, even whales, are dying from eating plastic. Plastic has now made its way into the human food chain.
- PACK YOUR LUNCH IN A REUSABLE CONTAINER
Glad Wrap, Cling Wrap, Cling Film, whichever name you use for it, this stuff is just nasty. Why have we got to the point where we feel the need to wrap every little thing in a clear plastic coating? In most cases, Glad Wrap can be easily avoided. Although these can be pricey at times, at Earth Mama we are a big believer that a glass or stainless steel lunch box is certainly a worthwhile investment for any household. Not only does it stop your food from sitting in a toxin leaching plastic box all day but with the bento compartment options available these days, it is extremely satisfying looking into your well-packed lunch with zero plastic waste.
- BRING YOUR OWN CUP
Annually, over 500 billion disposable paper, Styrofoam and single-use plastic cups are used worldwide and this figure is rapidly rising each year. Shockingly, these cups deplete natural resources, increase C02 emissions and most are sent straight to landfill where they add to the global waste crises. That equates to 50,000,000 trees cut down and harvested for the sake of convenience. Please do Mother Earth a favour and invest in a reusable glass or stainless steel cup which is free of all harmful chemical nasties including BPA, lead and cadmium AND won’t affect flavour so you will taste your coffee or tea, not your cup.
- CHOOSE A BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH
Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped in landfills and oceans every year worldwide. We believe that little changes can make a big difference for our health and the planet. With that mindset, our goal is to replace plastic toothbrushes with the ecological bamboo alternative. Bamboo can grow up to 1 metre a day and does not require watering, pesticides or insecticides. Making it an organic and sustainable resource.