Hello everyone. I hope you and your families are all well. St. Vincent’s is a very Green school (which is something I am very proud of). Although I am sure that individually we can be even better! Plastic use (especially single-use plastic) is a massive issue concerning all of us, our environment, and specially our oceans.
A plastic cup can take 50 – 80 years to decompose. An estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of each year. Plastic bags and other plastic rubbish thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year. Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy than burning it in an incinerator.
Even though we are already so, so good, there is always room for improvement. The Marine Conservation Society are a national charity making sure our seas are healthy, protected and pollution free. They have already removed over 11 Million pieces of litter from our beaches! This litter has not just been left there after fun days out, but has accumulated from around the country. This has been through travelling down drains, along rivers or canals and even just from flying through the air. In July The Marine Conservation Society are holding a Plastic Challenge. I have already signed up for myself; I am going to monitor my own use of plastic. Cutting out plastic from our everyday lives will be nearly impossible, but we have to try as much as we can. Here is the link to the Challenge.
This Plastic Challenge Checklist may help you.
Read this Living Without Plastic booklet to find out more.
Please post to let me know of anything that you do. Big changes or small, they all make such a huge difference. I am always looking for new ideas, hints and tips. Although it is a ‘challenge’ there is no individual prize, but a very large worldwide one. There will be more promotion of this in July but we would like you to start thinking about how you can make a difference right now. Thank you for all your hard work.
Mrs Knowler, on behalf of the Green Team