How much plastic do you use a day? Some experts say that plastic takes 500 – 1000 years to break down in landfill. The Green Team has estimated how much plastic our school uses in a year and we are surprised by the result.

If each student throws away just one piece of plastic a day, then our school would be sending around 2,500 pieces of plastic to landfill a week. That’s 25,000 pieces of plastic in a school term and 100,000 pieces in a school year. NOW THAT IS A LOT OF PLASTIC!

The Green Team has done some research and Maths to figure out how much money is spent on plastic bags, cling wrap, beeswax wraps, lunch boxes and paper bags.

Plastic snap lock bags are around 5c each and are usually not reusable. Plastic cling wrap is around 2c per sandwich. Although it is cheaper than the plastic bags, it is still really bad for the environment. Paper bags work out to just 3c each. They are good because they are compostable and won’t damage the environment.

As an alternative, it would be better if you used reusable items like beeswax wraps, plastic containers or lunch boxes. A container is around $4 so you need to use it 80-100 times to equate to the same price, but it’s much better for the environment as it’s used over and over! In saying this, we need to make sure we don’t lose our containers. Clearly named containers with attached lids are more convenient.

Can you please help us make a big change in how we treat our environment? Remember: reduce – reuse – recycle.

Written by Grace, Amanda and Monique on behalf of the Green Team