Westminster Junior Primary School teams have some cool ideas for reducing waste at school. The 20 Junior Primary students have been looking at what it means to be a sustainability leader. The students have been keeping a diary of the changes they make. They have mapped a number of ideas for both personal action and as school-based projects. Here are some of the ideas they have put into action so far.
- I talked to my mum about plastic bags and now she is using cloth bags.
- We checked out the bin near our classroom and found people had thrown out whole pieces of fruit. We are going to have a BIG FRUIT BOWL where kids can donate their fruit if they don’t want it. Others can take fruit from the bowl if they are hungry.
- I am going to try to reduce the single use plastic in my lunchbox.
- I like the ice-cream from the canteen but it comes in single use plastic. We could try to make the waste into an art project. We are going to make our own waste free icy poles next term.
Even the teachers are getting on board. One teacher is going to try making toothpaste and the other teacher is bringing her own fork so she doesn’t use a plastic single use one from the canteen.
The program is part of #1000actionsfortheplanet, supported by the Living Green program, funded by City of Stirling. The students have taken part in 2 sessions to look at the big issues, challenge themselves to make small changes and develop a school waste management plan.