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Toy it Again!

St Catherine's joins BlueCycle and Playroom Arts & Crafts in the environmental action organized to help create a viable planet. Let's all play our part!

Protecting the environment can become a game!

Can a chair or table be built using new technologies based on protection of our planet and creativity, all in a package of recycled plastic? The answer is “yes” in the case of the new collaboration between BlueCycle and Playroom Arts & Crafts, in which interactive children's furniture and toys made from recycled plastics emerge as imaginative, unique creations. The materials used to implement this idea are plastic children's toys and plastic retrieved during sea cleaning projects. Thus we can all give these materials a second life by taking an active part in dealing with plastic pollution!

Be a planetary hero!

Each toy, large or small, is a treasure with its own special story of how it was made from our planet's valuable raw materials. The manufacturing of plastic toys in particular requires high energy consumption at a heavy cost to the environment. And the cost is greater yet when they end up in the rubbish or our seas.

Help us to change this picture by giving a new life to plastic toys! Take part in the '' Toy it again'' activity and become part of the change! When you apply to participate, you will be provided with an 80 litre coloured bin in which to put all the toys you want to donate! If one bin is not enough, just ask us for a second one. Whenever you have a full bin, just get in touch with us and within a week one of our associates will come to pick up all the plastic ''treasures'' you have collected.

What goes into the bin?

In the bin you can put toys such as magic markers, buckets, little cars and trucks, dolls, balls, old lego pieces etc, all made of hard plastic, i.e. polypropylene, polyethylene and nylon. These would be  toys you don't want anymore, and which you cannot give to another child because they are dirty or broken. But you should avoid binning toys or other objects made of rubber, silicone or PVC, such as buckets or flowerpots, since at present we are focusing on certain types of plastic only.

We know, of course, that on most toys you will not find a sticker stating the kind of plastic it is made of, either because a piece has broken off or because it never had one. But when you have a toy made of hard plastic, as most are, you can see that the plastic is different from that used for a disposable water bottle or plastic food wrap.

The magic collection points! 

You can find the collection boxes both in Lower School (Welcome House) and Upper School (Foyer).

In addition certain shops will also accept your toys. These are ''Just kidding shop'' (Elaion 31, Kifisia) and  ''The Wonder Room'' (Lykourgou 8, Neo Psyhiko). In Piraeus you can take them directly to BlueCycle (Papastratou 11-13) from 9:30-16:30. Finally, toys can be taken to the Metz area upon appointment (tel: 6945975965).

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