Environment Club takes a stand on plastic waste

January 26 2018

Following on the heels of Blue Planet II, the children of the Environment Club at Bishop Road Primary School, along with their teacher Mr Kieboom, have become concerned about the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and have made pledges to reduce their own use of plastic.

Following on the heels of Blue Planet II, the children of the Environment Club at Bishop Road Primary School, along with their teacher Mr Kieboom, have become concerned about the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and have made pledges to reduce their own use of plastic.

 They created a model out of waste plastic to raise awareness among pupils and staff and highlight the problem. The model is made entirely out of plastic rubbish found at home, in the street or in the playgrounds. 

 Pupil Hannah Eames (Year 5) said: "I've really started to notice the amount of plastic rubbish around and it's started to make me worry that this may end up in the sea."

 The children were shocked to discover that a plastic bottle can take around 450 years to break down. Around 35 million plastic bottles are used in the United Kingdom every day and only about 40% are recycled, with the rest mostly ending up in landfill or in nature. They also learnt that a lot of the plastic that ends up in nature makes its way into the sea which is dangerous for sea birds, fish, turtles and all the other creatures that live in the sea as they can become tangled in plastic bags or mistake plastic for food and eat it. 

 The children of the Environment Club have pledged to try their hardest to:

• Re-use their plastic drinks bottle and fill it again and again.

• Recycle any plastic they use - check with an adult what can be recycled in your green recycling box.

• Refuse single-use plastics like plastic straws, plastic bags and plastic cutlery.