- So, you’ve applied and been approved to start an NTR Campus Club. You have all your club members, advisors, and materials ready. You are now ready to get started! We’ve put together a pretty great list of DIY Action ideas for your club to start with. Do one, pick a few, or do them all – or make up your own – just make sure to have fun and let us know how it goes!
CLEAN & GREEN:
Research what cleaning supplies the school janitorial staff uses and find safe, viable alternatives.Homework:
What’s under your kitchen sink? Check it out, take a picture, write it down, and research the ingredients. Compare with other members of your club to see whose are similar, who has the worst, whose are the most eco.
Remember to support each other!
DIY HOUSE CLEANER:
Hold a lunchtime or after school session on learning how to make household cleaners.Homework:
Wring in supplies to make DIY cleaning supplies for all members of your club. Remember, no plastic! Bring in glass or metal containers for your new cleaners. Make sure to check with your school before bringing in any chemicals (eco or not).
WHAT’S IN YOUR WATER?:
Using water filters provided by Keep A Breast, test the water in drinking fountains for pesticides, toxins, and – if the results show there are toxins – start a campaign to install water filters at the school.
We tested our water, check it out: Here!
BUY ORGANIC, GOODBYE PESTICIDES:
Learn why you should buy organic, what the value of shopping local is, and why pesticides, preservatives, and additives suck!Homework:
Research what the numbers on produce stickers mean. Why do some start with the number nine(9)?
Start a campaign for everyone in the club, or even the entire school to go meatless every Monday for an entire month.Homework: How is meat processed?
What preservatives or pesticides do manufactures use?
What impact does the meat packing industry have on our planet and our health?
SAFE SCHOOL FOOD:
Research what ingredients are in the food the school serves (additives, preservatives, chemicals in the meat, etc), and research safe, viable alternatives.
Learn about the dangerous ingredients in commonly used makeup, hair dye, nail polish, hair and body products, and find safe replacements.Homework:
Plan a DIY beauty and grooming day after school, during lunch, or on the weekend with eco or DIY ingredients. What common ingredients are the worst for you?
Which are carcinogenic?
Learn about the dangers of tanning (and the right way to tan), as well as toxic ingredients in sunscreen, but also the benefits of vitamin d.Homework:
How much sun is recommended and how much is too much?
What can you do to stay healthy and cancer free?
SIMPLE DIY SUDS:
Learn how to make your own products such as soap and for skin care. Homework: What soap does your school use? Is it pink and nasty? What chemicals are included in it? Check out Teens Turning Green for ideas, they’re awesome!What can you do to stay healthy and cancer free?Homework:What’s in your sister’s bag? Your mom’s purse? Your medicine cabinet? Your shower? Write it down, research it, what’s toxic, what’s carcinogenic?
Find out where plastic goes after it is – and isn’t – recycled. Start a project to emphasize the importance of recycling. What can you do to stay healthy and cancer free? Start a project to emphasize the importance of recycling.Homework:
Find out how much plastic your school uses during one breakfast, lunch, day, etc.
Start a campaign for everyone to bring reusable bags to stores, and ditch the plastic (Maybe try to get the school to sell personalized reusable bags).
What can you do to stay healthy and cancer free? Start a project to emphasize the importance of recycling.
Count all the plastic bags stuffed into cabinets and drawers at your house. Look under sinks, in drawers, etc. Yes, some get used for dog waste.DIY: Make your own shopping bag from old shirt.
BAN THE BOTTLE:
What effect do plastic water bottles have on our environment? Start a campaign to get rid of plastic water bottles at the school.Homework:
Try to get stainless steel ones sold by the school.
HEART AND SOUL:
STAND UP TO STRESS:
Learn about mechanisms to cope with stress (there's lots of it at school!).Homework:
What are the bad effects of stress?
How can they effect your everyday life, how can they effect your health?
MUSIC IS MAGIC:
Does your school have a music program? Could it use more funding?
Do you want a music department at your school and need funding?
Fight for the rights and funding of the music and arts departments at school!
Music has the ability to relax and improve moods.
CENTER YOUR SELF:
Try to get yoga incorporated into the physical education regimen.Homework:
At your desk yoga. Three moves before a test to release stress and center your mind.
RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS:
Random Act of Kindness Day.
Go one day without negative thoughts or speech towards yourself or others. See how you feel afterwards.
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