HELPING HANDS: Collecting bottle caps for a good cause are (back, from left) James Moffitt and Chelsea Macdonald, with (front) Sophie Stains. Fairholme Kindy recycles plastic bottle tops to be made into prosthetics limbs. Donate your lids at Priceline Pharmacies.
HELPING HANDS: Collecting bottle caps for a good cause are (back, from left) James Moffitt and Chelsea Macdonald, with (front) Sophie Stains. Fairholme Kindy recycles plastic bottle tops to be made into prosthetics limbs. Donate your lids at Priceline Pharmacies. Nev Madsen

Toowoomba kindy builds prosthetics for land mine amputees

FOR decades, the local kindergarten was the place parents sent old bottle tops, boxes and toilet rolls to be recycled into countless craft projects.

Now the Fairholme Kindy is bringing wider social empathy to the concept.

It is collecting plastic bottle tops for Envision, an NGO that recycles the material for moveable prosthetic limbs for children in war-torn countries.

"Envision makes the limbs with a 3D printer," teacher Courtney Webster said.

"They melt the plastic and stretch it out to be printed. They send the limbs to countries where children have been subject to amputations from land mines.

"I did not say that to the children because I did not want to terrify them, but the concept opens their eyes to the world beyond the fences of the kindy.

"It widens their world view."

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The kindy set up collection boxes at Toowoomba's Priceline Pharmacies.

They are at Grand Central, Westridge Shopping Centre and Northpoint Shopping Centre.

Only milk, water or soft drink lids made from HPDE and LDPE plastics can be recycling through the initiative.

To see if your lids are valid, look for the plastic recycling logo. HPDE plastics are labelled "two" and LDPE plastics are labelled "four".

"It takes 500 lids to make a hand, but we hope to collect more than that," Mrs Webster said.