In St. Lucia, Queensland, St. Thomas’ Riverview Kindergarten is a community kindergarten that recognises and values the unique contribution that each child brings to the centre and the cultural diversity each child and family bring also. Inline with these values, St Thomas’ have installed a Replas Buddy Bench which was generously gifted by the Chao Family. The staff at the kindergarten have explained, “everyone loves the seat, the kids and parents often use it before we open the doors in the morning and we regularly do story time on it.” The Buddy Bench is meant to create a welcoming space in any school and help foster friendships. Students who might feel alone, or in need of a friend quickly learn it is a wonderful place to meet other students and form long term friendships. Made from durable recycled plastic, with long lasting attributes, the Buddy Bench not only helps the environment, but may also help change the culture at the school! St. Thomas’ Riverview Kinder have taken this initiative on board and are effortlessly showcasing what really is possible when it comes to recycling soft plastics in Australia.