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Plastic Free

 

Plastic is a substance that, by and large, is not biodegradable. As such this means that the Earth is unable to digest plastic waste. Not only this, but plastic is taking over our oceans. It is predicted that, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish! As a species that has created this problem, we need to take responsibility for our actions and look to ways of improving the environment for all who share this planet, animals and humans alike.

However, it is not just wildlife and ecosystems which are affected by plastic waste. Fenceline communities, these being groups of people who live adjacent to factories and are affected by the noise, chemicals, waste and traffic of the business, are hugely affected by the production of plastics. Due to their location, it is nearly impossible for these people to relocate, and therefore they simply become another casualty of the mass production of plastics – something which is hugely unnecessary.

As a School we are encouraging our girls to bring reusable bottles into School, with a view to cut out single use plastics from our community as much as possible. We would really like for all the girls to get on board with this and play their part in reducing the amount of waste we produce. With this in mind, we are recommending for all members of our School community to take the 4Rs Pledge:

  1. Refuse – Aim to cut out disposable plastics as much as possible, saying no to straws and single use plastics.
  2. Reduce – Try not to buy products which come in plastic packaging, to reduce your plastic footprint.
  3. Reuse – Look into products which are reusable such as bamboo utensils.
  4. Recycle – If you have to buy something which you cannot refuse, reduce or reuse, be mindful of whether it is recyclable and opt for the most environmentally friendly product.

Some people will argue that, as individuals, our actions will not make a difference. However, something which rings both metaphorically and literally true, when it comes to this issue is the line from Mother Teresa, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

If you would like any further information about how to cut out the amount of plastic you use, please click to visit the following website for some helpful hints. 

 

 


Posted: 16/03/2018 at 15:10
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