I.M. RECYCLED goes to school!

We’ve been really busy since we’ve been back from Colombia.

Feria Bonaterra

Last Saturday 16th of August we had the opportunity to be a part of “Feria Bonaterra”. This is an organic market organized by a local school in Guayaquil called “Unidad Educativa Balandra” and it happens usually every two weeks. It’s a great initiative and the first one like this happening in the city, that promotes organic farming and buying directly from the farmers.

They not only sell the most amazing fresh organic produce, but they also have on offer a variety of natural products, handcrafts, yummy organic food, live music and even yoga classes. Ever since we heard of it, we knew this would be the perfect place to bring the “I.M. RECYCLED” mats and show our project to the community. If you live in Guayaquil, don’t miss out on the next Feria Bonaterra. You can find them on their facebook page where they post what products would be on offer and the dates for upcoming markets. https://www.facebook.com/feriabonaterra

That  same Saturday I had a yoga workshop so I couldn’t be at the market myself, but thankfully my good friend Ana Maria gave us a hand and went to the market with Mick; that way she could talk to the people in Spanish and explain what we were doing with the bottle caps and why. We also got two signs printed with information about the 5 gyres in the ocean, the North Pacific Garbage Patch, the real problem with plastic and what we can all do to lessen our impact on the planet.

We thought it would be a good idea to wear some kind of uniform for the event, something that would represent what we are doing and what we stand for. We looked through our clothes and thought what better way to promote our message of caring for the environment than wearing our Patagonia t-shirts with the logo “Life Simply”.

This is not only a good motto to live our lives, but also by wearing these clothes we’re backing up a company that, in our opinion, is leading with a great example the way to do business. Their mission statement is: “Our goal is to build the best product, causing no unnecessary harm. We donate our time, services and at least 1% of our sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide”.  To learn more about the projects they are involved in, you can visit their website http://www.patagonia.com.au/about/.

We had a great day at the market, with many people approaching our stand and asking questions about our project. We got a lot of positive feedback and Anita and Mick did a great job.

Talk at the kindergarten of the Colegio Aleman Humboldt

Today we had an amazing morning. We went to the kindy of my old school to give a talk to almost 90 kids about the problem with plastic and what they could do to help. We loved it and, I think the kids also enjoy it.

We had prepared a power point presentation, full of pictures of beautiful clean beaches, next to dirty beaches full of plastic. The children obviously didn’t like the dirty ones. Then we showed them pictures of animals affected by plastic and it was amazing to see the kids so impressed and sad by those images.

The children had made some musical instruments using recyclable materials so to finish the presentation we sang a song with them about being friends with the environment. Mick played the ukulele really well and I tried my best at singing; it was so much fun!.

The children were very much involved, putting their hands up all the time, saying all the good things they were already doing for the environment and they sang really well too. We had an amazing time. We’d like to thank Martha Ycaza for helping us make this happen and to the Colegio Aleman and all the teachers involved today in our presentation.


Author: Isabel Romero

founder of Mingas por el Mar

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