27 April 2024

New life for old paper: eco-cadets of NFP turn recycled paper into greeting cards

Eco-cadets from the 2nd grade of the Nakhodka Public School no.24 have celebrated Earth Day in a very unique way. They made greeting cards using the paper that they recycled themselves. The kids learnt how to turn old paper into recycled paper from the volunteers of the Nakhodka Mineral Fertilizer Plant (NFP).

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. The main goal of the celebration is to draw attention to various environmental problems. In anticipation of the holiday NFP volunteers arranged a masterclass for the eco-cadets to teach them how to make zero-waste greeting cards from used paper. At first, they had to prepare their paper and let it dry for a week before it could be turned into recycled paper greeting cards.

“In crafts classes we work a lot with paper, make origamis and do other types of paper crafting. Before the masterclass all the scrap paper would end up in a trash bin, but now children know that this paper can be collected and used again as recycled paper”, says Irina Silaeva, the lead teacher of eco-cadets.

NFP is implementing a large-scale environmental policy in Nakhodka, which is based on environmental education. NFP believes that children with basic environmental knowledge will have more nature awareness and, in the future, they will make right choices for the city development. In September 2022 NFP established a volunteer squad at the premises of the Nakhodka State College of Humanities and Technology (NSCHT). The initiation ceremony for Ecology Cadets took place in early 2023. For the past couple of years both college students and school children have been participating in various environmental programs and cleaning initiatives.