New green movement helps children who have lost limbs
AN ENVIRONMENTAL advocate is on a mission to help Warwick businesses step-up their recycling efforts to give the ultimate gift to children with a disability.
The Lids4Kids initiative collects plastic bottle lids from all over the country, which are sent to the charity Envision Hands.
The charity then disintegrates the lids into ink that is used in the prosthetic limbs they make for children.
Warwick resident and environmental advocate Rachelle King helped spread the word about Lids4Kids to businesses.
Because of her involvement in recycling forums and environmental programs, Mrs King was contacted by the charity to be a representative in the Warwick area.
She has recruited organic store The Scoop and Bunnings to become drop-off points for the lids.
"The program is a great way to reduce landfill and turn rubbish into something that could help so many people,” she said,
The Scoop owner Lisa Hansford said the cause perfectly suited her business' green focus.
She said The Scoop was predominately plastic-free and focuses on doing everything it can to reduce and reuse products and waste.
"I am really passionate about conserving the planet for the next generation,” she said.
The Scoop also collects plastic bread tags for the Bread Tags for Wheelchairs charity.
In the week customers have been dropping off lids to the store, Mrs Hansford said she had already filled a bucket and a box.
She said Warwick West State School, Wheatvale State School and Blue Care had all been enthusiastic contributors to the program.
"It is good for the schools because they get to educate the kids about recycling,” she said.
The other Lids4Kids drop-off points in Warwick are Bunnings and the Containers for Change facility who handle bulk collections.
Here's a guide to which lids can be dropped off: