They’re good sorts at Gaia’s Nest Childcare Centre…not only have they halved their landfill waste by switching to compostable nappies, wipes, gloves and bin liners but they also encourage families to drop off compost at the centre if they don’t have access to a compost bin of their own.
Michelle Beakley is Director of Gaia’s Nest and she has been rethinking waste and identifying what they can recycle and reuse right across the centre. They have developed a culture of conscious thinking towards zero waste. Where possible they source pre-loved quality toys and games (too good to go to waste!) and avoid petroleum-based materials instead choosing lovingly home-made dolls, wooden toys and items left by nature.
They’re even starting to stock the pantry from wholefoods stores to avoid purchasing unnecessary packaging and they make their own hand soaps which they refill in to re-usable dispensers.
Families are encouraged to bring their children’s lunches in bento style lunch boxes to reduce packaging waste too.
Over the last 12 months they have saved over 23,000 nappies from going into landfill.
Located in Mornington, Gaia’s Nest is an inspiring setting for the Tassie waste warriors of tomorrow!