Mt Maria Eco Marines Recycling Their Way to Melbourne

Mt Maria Eco Marines Anya Page, Tiffany Steinitz, Morgan Barnes and Isabella Reed (L-R) with their winning boarding pass at the Queensland Urban Utilities Kids Teaching Kids workshop.

The Mt Maria College Eco Marines are excited about new ways to recycle plastic and are making sure students across Australia are getting excited too.

The College Eco Marines recently wowed students at the very first Brisbane Kids Teaching Kids workshop, hosted by Queensland Urban Utilities, with their innovative workshop teaching students to reuse plastic bottles as self-watering plant pots.

The team won first place and are now heading off to Melbourne in October to present to over 400 students from 53 schools at the 2019 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference.

Year 8 students Isabella Reed and Tiffany Steinitz with Year 7 students Morgan Barnes and Anya Page are Mt Maria's ambassadors for the Tangalooma EcoMarines, an initiative that inspires students to create a healthy environment for local marine and wildlife through community action.

After winning the trip to Melbourne, the students are now eagerly brainstorming new and inventive ideas to teach students from across the nation of the need to recycle.

“Although we loved teaching other students to make plant pots out of plastic, we can't take 400 plastic bottles to Melbourne," joked Tiffany. 

“We are really excited to come up with new ideas of ways we can recycle plastic to share with other schools," said Isabella.

The students need to present three activities at the conference and are even hoping to recruit State Member for Everton, Tim Mander, to spread the message locally.

“We are hoping to involve the entire Mt Maria Community in our workshops, and it would be awesome to include Tim Mander," said Tiffany.

The Mt Maria Eco Marines will head to Melbourne for the Kids Teaching Kids conference from Tuesday the 29th to Wednesday the 30th of October 2019.