PHS girls help lead the war against plastics

PHS girls keen to lead the way in the war against plastics

Lizzie from Final Straw Solent came in on Monday to talk to the children about plastics and the potential damage they can cause.

She was accompanied by Nellie, a huge metal, wired fish that sat in my parking space and was filled with recycling. Her talk was enlightening, particularly in terms of our local environment and the effect of plastics in the sea.

As part of the drive towards sustainability at the school I was invited into a Year 6 geography lesson where the girls were presenting on an ongoing project to do with plastic consumption. There is a Twitter thread with the photographs from this @paulmarshallsay and the whole thing was incredibly interesting.

One child contacted Sainsbury’s and Tesco to ask about their approaches to plastics, with a response from the latter but not the former. She also visited the local greengrocer, looked at their approach and persuaded her family to always use paper rather than plastic bags. She worked out that her father averages ten coffees a week or four hundred and eighty a year in disposable cups whilst travelling. Suffice it to say that he was bought a disposable mug to carry with him. One particularly clever idea was that the invitees to her party were asked to bring their own water bottles, therefore negating the need for more at the celebration.

Another girl used a pizza box reused as a container for all of her information. She had made a handbag out of non-recyclable materials and came up with a huge amount of ideas of how to reuse items. An example was plant pots for seeds from plastic meat packaging.

Other facts that I learned were that eleven percent of household rubbish is plastic, there are Walkers crisp packet recycling centres where they are turned into plastic pellets to be reused and Waitrose will recycle any plastic food container. At Christmas some ensured that there was no glitter on any of the paper, used string rather than sellotape and had metal toys inside their crackers, rather than plastic ones.

There were many more facets to these talks and far too many to list here. I am pleased that the girls are leading the way with this and very much looking forward to our upcoming eco-committee meeting.