In response to concerns about the negative environmental impact of disposable face coverings, the Schools have come up with a great way of encouraging our community to use reusable face coverings and have managed to raise a combined total of over £2,300 for charities in the process.
In a fantastic joint initiative, The Mary Erskine School brought together the creative efforts of the Eco-Committee, Charities Committee, Conservation Club, Malawow Club and Form 2 Appin. Together they have each created a set of beautiful designs to represent three chosen charities and collaborated with an ethical company, Bags of Ethics, to produce a selection of ethically sourced and sustainably designed face coverings.
Bags of Ethics face coverings are also Which? Best Buys which means they are more comfortable, breathable and effective than some of the other brands on the market.
The project was led by Sarah Horrix, MES Biology teacher: “We were so excited that Bag of Ethics agreed to collaborate with us on this project and make our face coverings. It is quite amazing to have the beautiful designs created by our very own pupils printed onto the fabric used to make the face coverings. We are delighted with the success of our face coverings so far. It has been brilliant to have so many parts of the school including pupils from SMC, working together to raise money for charity and reduce the negative environment impact of using disposable face coverings.
The ‘Jungle’ design was created by pupils in the Eco-Committee and Conservation Club, raising money for Feedback Madagascar. The ‘Sunrise’ design was created by pupils in the Charities Committee and Malawow Club, raising money for The Chesney Trust and the ‘Bee Kind’ design was created by the pupils in Form 2 Appin, raising money for the NSPCC.
Although orders have already been taken which will keep ‘Bags of Ethics’ busy right up until Christmas, don’t worry - you will still be able to order a face covering for collection in the New Year. Each covering is priced at £5.00 and 100% of the profits will go to charity. You can also purchase a cotton protective pouch for 50p to stop your mask getting dirty in your bag or pocket. Please consider doing your bit for the environment and for charity and put in an order for your reusable face-covering by responding to your SchoolPost. Sales so far at MES have raised over £1,700.
Stewart’s Melville College's Charities Committee, SMC Aid, has also been busy raising money with a branded face covering, inspired and designed by Oliver and Aryan in 4E. Their mask sales have already generated £600 for NHS Charities Together.
Jenny Bennett, SMC History teacher and SMC Aid co-founder said: "The initiative shown by SMC pupils in pitching this charitable venture, designing the product and sourcing supplies evinces their great understanding of the current climate and of the concerns of the world around them. The SMC Aid Team is extremely proud of their efforts and have been delighted to see their enthusiasm and ideas come to fruition."
There are only a few of the SMC designs left available to order through Firefly, so you will have to be quick!