There is an ever-increasing worry around plastics; in our oceans, polluting our environment, animal habitats and taking 100s of years to decompose. Single-use plastics need to be eradicated for good and children can get behind this movement for change by becoming a plastic free school.

Small changes can make a big difference!

how to be a plastic free school

The education secretary has called for schools to go single-use plastic-free by 2022! So, what can you do to help?

  • Set up a 'Plastic Free' group - get the children to lead this. What suggestions can they give and how can they tackle the plastic issues in their school?
  • Design and put up posters and use school newsletters to raise awareness and share solutions.
  • Get rid of non-recyclable milk bottles/cartons - could you go back to glass?
  • Replace plastic toys and resources where you can with more sustainable resources.
  • Approach the school canteen about being plastic free as much as possible
  • Can you replace stationery with plastic-free alternatives?
  • Reviewing the school procurement policy and adding in plastic-free requirements.
  • Have a single-use plastic bag free environment
  • Plastic-free lunch boxes. Can children be encouraged to give up cling film, plastic spoons, plastic-wrapped biscuits and crisps?
  • Ban the use of single-use plastic drinks bottles and cartons.
  • Why not encourage a community-led litter pick in your area? Don your gloves and grab your litter pickers and clean up that mess! Make your environment a better place to live in.
how to be a plastic free school

Encourage your school to help reduce their contribution to plastic pollution today!

Sign up to Plastic Free Schools and Surfers Against Sewage and help make the change!

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With thanks to The Cosy Creatives for this blog post.

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