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By Our Own Correspondent

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia, 11 June 2019 -- Salesian College Sunbury students are adopting admirable oral morals when it comes to recycling.

The students are seeking used toothpaste tubes, bottles and caps, toothbrushes and floss containers for their oral hygiene waste recycling drive. They are planning to have the items upcycled into sustainable products.

Year 10 student Michelle Grover said the drive was motivated by the recycling crisis impacting communities all over Australia. “We chose to collect oral hygiene waste to be recycled after hearing the news recently that our recycling was going to landfill,” she said. “We wanted to be able to recycle something, so we looked at a number of different drives and this was the one that we thought would have the most educational impact since these products are really only thought of as disposable. “I personally use a lot of toothbrushes [and] toothpaste tubes in a year. Donating this rubbish can help our planet.”

Principal Mark Brockhus said the college had firm beliefs on recycling and looking after the environment, especially around the college’s grounds. “Our college is extremely proud of the innovative ways our students continue to try to make a difference in their community and to the environment,” he said.

On 5th June 2019, the World Environment Day and the Campaign - DON'T SUFFOCATE OUR FUTURE was globally celebrated with enthusiasm and commitment by the Alliance members. It gives us immense joy to see the different activities and events conducted by the various Salesian organisations around the world in all five continents. The activities ranged from tree plantation drives, pledges to reduce air pollution, workshops, programs, cleanliness drives, singing and dancing and creating awareness videos. This year's theme was - BEAT AIR POLLUTION and members of the Alliance were highly successful in carrying out this message to everyone in their network.

The Don Bosco Green Alliance is an international network designed to bring together the youth from various Don Bosco Institutes and organization from across the globe. Our aim is to create a network wherein our members can share and discuss the various environmental actions they can partake in, individually and as an organization. By way of the alliance, we aim to promote and encourage green initiatives within the Salesian organizations worldwide. Envisaging a network that serves as a learning platform, wherein we can consolidate and provide resources to the various organizations that choose to be a part of the alliance, we also strive to be a part of the global conversation on environmental issues, by increasing the participation of members in global events.

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