Starting in Kindergarten, students are required to explain how their Applied Design, Skills and Technologies project contributes to the environment. The focus on evaluating environment impacts continues throughout the elementary curriculum. By grade 9, students are expected to be able to critically analyze and prioritize sustainability considerations and evaluate a variety of materials for reuse, recycling and biodegradability. Helping students identify ways to utilize found wood and waste wood from other projects is a great way to introduce sustainability and innovation in material sourcing when they take on projects at home.
Care should be taken when choosing the finish for these projects, as projects worn next to the skin need to be non-toxic. Tung oil, linseed oil, beeswax, or carnauba wax are food-safe options that would work well in this application.