Environmental Ethics Statement

Environmental Ethics Statement

“Children have an anxious concern for living beings, and the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight. It is therefore easy to interest them in taking care of plants and especially of animals. Nothing awakens foresight in a small child such as this. When he knows that animals have need of him, that little plants will dry up if he does not water them, he binds together with a new thread of love today’s passing moments with those of the morrow.” Dr Maria Montessori

The Montessori philosophy promotes the development of a strong relationship between the child and nature. We hope for the child to stand in awe of the power and majesty of the natural world. Yet we also aim to help the child recognise the vulnerability of nature and to realise the responsibility that we have to protect it. We can not expect children to learn these lessons unless we, as adults, possess and demonstrate these attitudes. At Montessori Child we hope to do our small part to demonstrate our love and respect for the world that we live in, and our gratitude for all that it provides for us. We do not wish to take more than we need, or to take for granted what we have. 

We try to display this ethos in the way that we choose our materials – opting for natural materials that help children to feel connected to nature and that will ultimately break down and return to the world rather than poisoning and polluting it for countless years as so many synthetic materials do. 

We also apply our environmentally conscientious perspective to the way that we pack and ship our orders. We wish to reduce waste by reusing packing materials from other sources rather than commissioning our own. By recycling boxes and packing materials we are able to reduce our carbon footprint and promote a healthy approach to waste reduction. In some cases we are able to reuse the boxes that our materials arrive in from the wholesaler. In other instances we source packing materials from local businesses that would otherwise end up in landfill. We only use brand-new boxes in instances where shipments are too large, heavy or oddly shaped to fit in our recycled boxes.

 “Let the children free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.” Dr Maria Montessori 

Quotes from “The Discovery of the Child”, Ballantine Books, 1972, Pg 69 & Pg 71