Tintas Ecológicas

Tali and Friends cares very much about the garbage we generate for the environment and especially with the material used by our students. We know that, besides kids’ security, we must set an example of how to take care of our planet and harness its resources in a sustainable way.

That’s why we invited Carol Daniele, from Arumã Brazil, to teach us how to create ecological paints, with ingredients that we h/usually ave in our homes! In addition to great fun is a project that teaches children much more than art.

Just take a look at the recipes we separate and our comments! 🙂

Ingredients:
Turmeric (Saffron)
Urucum (Colorau)
Cinnamon
Powdered grape
Cabbage water
Sodium bicarbonate
Beetroot water
Spinach water
Cooked carrot

Base for ink with seasonings and vegetables:
flour and salt – gives a better consistency to fix on the paper.
the ratio is 1/1 – if you make a spoonful of wheat flour, put a spoonful of salt.
the ink lasts 4 days in the refrigerator.

Preparations
First, we make a liquid with the vegetables. Ex: cook the cabbage with little water and use that water that will be purple. 1/3 boiled cabbage gives a bottle of liquid.
If we add baking soda to the liquid it changes tone (Blue, greenish)
This liquid is a base to mix with flour and salt and make the paint.
The blender accelerates the process, but if you have the time, you do not have to use

  • The beetroot releases paint quickly. We can put it cut into a pot with water that soon drops the paint (do not need to peel off).
  • Urucum seed – strip the paint with alcohol instead of water.
  • The alcohol base does not need flour and salt.
    “To get the paint out of the carrot we need to use the blender, then we’ll have it.”

Why we should give up on glitter

Do you still use common glitter?

We agree: IT IS BEAUTIFUL. Bright, colorful, pure joy … However, did you know that this seemingly harmless material is actually quite dangerous to other beings and even to ourselves?

It is unanimous among scientists the damages this material has been causing to our sea life. Most of the glitter is made of microplastic, that is, plastics less than 5 millimeters in length (same size of a rice grain), particularly attractive in make-up, artwork and for the famous slime (subject that also deserves attention, but not today!), when used and discarded, they end up in the ocean and take hundreds of years to decompose.

The biggest problem? A large number of animals, such as fish, mussels and oysters, end up mistaking it with food or absorbing it with water. Sad, isn’t it? As a result, microplastics are present in our seafood and in 90% of the world’s salt brands, as researches have shown, and we still cannot measure the effects of this plastic on the human body.

The glitter that goes to the drain can damage the marine life

Schools around the whole world have already banned the use of glitter and replaced with other shiny and creative materials.

Tali and Friends, as many other schools around the world, has been trying to find out the perfect eco glitter recipe, that is, cheap, sustainable and easy-to-make. 🙂 Here’s the main recipe we’ve been using -sometimes, even mixing with homemade paint! Have you tried anything different? Let us know!

This is how sustainably beautiful glitter can look like! <3

ECO GLITTER:
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of mica powder
Food coloring as wished (or vegan paint)

Mix salt & mica separately with a few drops of food coloring and let it dry for about 1-2h. Mix both and have fun! 🙂


Love,
Tali Treacher

How to get the most out of your English classes

Have you studied in English for a long time but see little progress, even relying on your teacher’s ability? Have you started a course recently and are eager and in a hurry to learn? Check out the tips below to enjoy your guided learning experience to the fullest!

THE BASIC

  • Attend classes on time and / or be ready to start when the Teacher arrives.
  • Be with the material organized at the time of class: It sounds like bullshit, but those minutes that we miss going to get or looking for it make a lot of difference!
  • Leave faults for emergencies and replace them when possible.
  • Do homework as instructed by Teacher: Reviewing, memorizing, and practicing without teacher support are essential for rapid progress.
  • Participate actively: speak out, ask questions, and listen carefully.

 

THE “PLUS”

After the class, reflect on what you’ve learned and use your favorite memorization technique:

  • It could be writing in the notebook, doing exercises, explaining to someone, watching videos…
  • Set aside one or two days a week to review what you’ve studied and your questions.
  • Always keep a notebook handy to write down questions and check with the Teacher on your next class.
  • Do not stop studying while on vacations: read,, practice, watch movies and review content learned throughout the year.