Paxton House have been supporting Plastic Free July by recycling plastic bottles to create sensory toys at their service in Borrowash, Derbyshire.
Plastic Free July is an annual global initiative that encourages people to refuse single-use plastics as much as possible, all July long — and beyond.
Hannah Gormley, Support Worker, explains:
“The people we support at Paxton House all enjoy sensory afternoons and staff noticed many of them particularly liked the slow moving snow globe like sensory toys, with glitter and gel inside.
As it is Plastic Free July, we thought it would be good to reuse empty plastic bottles to make sensory bottles. This would mean plastic was being re used and the people we support could create their own personal items.”
Everyone at the service, including staff, have been saving their plastic water bottles and they have been put to good use!
“We filled the bottles with water, glue, vegetable oil, glitter, food colouring and any other craft items that would float and sink! The people we support made some wonderful wonderful sensory bottles, some are even like a mini galaxy in a bottle! Everyone had a great time experimenting with different liquids and materials – as a result Paxton House have a whole new set of sensory toys!”
Find out more about Plastic Free July here: https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/