In December 2018, the education secretary, Damian Hinds, urged schools in England to be free of single-use plastics by 2022. We started our journey in to becoming a plastic free school well before then. We had a vision, and we believe that all of these small changes that we make will have a huge impact on the future of our planet.
What started off as an idea to do our bit in school, grew rapidly in to educating our community and even sending our message global to our partner school in Africa (you can hear all about our special visit to Africa in the latest Plastic Podcast below).
There are a number of initiatives that we have implemented at Lunt's Heath school and in our local community to reduce our use of single-use plastic usage. Such initiatives include:
Switching drinks product packaging from cartons & plastic straws to recyclable packaging
Swapping cling-film for aluminum foil and reusable containers in kitchens
Replacing plastic straws with metal/ paper ones
Reducing use of plastic in packaging
Encouraging children to bring reusable bottles
Stopping the use of plastic storage wallets
Picking litter up in the community
These are just some of the few ideas that we have implemented in school- but we won't be stopping there. Welcome back to our Plastic Podcast where we will be looking at what has been happening since we were last on air.