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BellTIME Be inspired by your ‘stuff’ The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling on second-level students from across the country to creatively trace the life cycle of their ‘stuff’ in a bid to raise awareness of where it comes from, what happens to it when its disposed of, and what impact this has on the environment. The call comes as part of the EPA’s ‘The Story of Your Stuff 2019 (TSOYS)’ competition, which is now open for entries. Commenting, the EPA’s Colette Ryan said: “Second-level students are influential consumers and will be the decision-makers of tomorrow. The Story of Your Stuff aims to get them to think and talk about their environment and to understand where their ‘stuff’ comes from and its environmental burden. As people become more aware of the connectivity between the quality of our environment and how we consume, they then become more discerning and sustainable consumers. The decisions we make on a daily basis – what to eat, what to wear, how to travel, how to dispose of items – affect our well-being, the people around us, and the environment, so it’s important for everyone that our decision- makers are aware of those links.” 62 The winner of The Story of Your Stuff will receive €500 for themselves and €500 for their school. To be in with a chance to win, students are invited to use a visual creative medium of their choice, including video, animation, drawings and photography, to tell the story of their stuff. Competition details and more competition tips are available on and the deadline for entries is Friday, 8th March 2019. How do you decide the object on which to base your TSOYS project? Think about the things you use every day and talk to your teacher. Some examples are mobile phones, toiletries, notebooks, drinks containers and even what’s in our lunchboxes. Do you know where any of these objects started out or what they’re made from? What happens to them when you’re finished using them? Each one of those objects has its own environmental life cycle story to tell, so pick the one you’re most interested in, and start your research. Unleash your inner detective and begin your investigation Once you’ve chosen an object, it’s time to start exploring its life cycle. Visit the EPA’s web resource, where you will find a treasure trove of useful information about climate change, biodiversity and waste management. Next, search the internet or visit the library to find specific information relating to your project. Use your detective skills to research what your object of choice is made of, how it is made, whether it can be recycled, what happens to it if it can’t. > Complete your project and enter When you’ve finished your research and put together your project in your medium of choice, ask your teacher to enter it on your behalf. Good luck! 63