Booklet - 'The Little Green Book: A kids handy guide to caring for the environment', published by Cadbury Schweppes Australia, 1995.
The booklet draws on the popular and collectable chocolate 'Yowie' personalities to present a guide for primary school children about how to care for the environment. The booklet includes an 'eco guardian' certificate, an 'eco guardian quiz' and ideas to reduce environmental impact at home, at school, on holiday, 'out and about', and information on recycling, the greenhouse effect and other environmental organisations. It has ideas for school projects, illustrations to colour-in, and self adhesive stickers.
Written and developed by Schools Marketing Services, Cadbury Australia, 1995, with contributions from the Centre for Colloid and Biocolloid Science (Swinburne University), Planet Ark Environmental Foundation.

Physical Description

A5 8 page booklet, bound with 2 staples. Low sheen paper made from sugar cane fibre. Cover is green with multicolour printing. Inside pages are white with coloured printing.


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