In Objective Three of Plastic Free Schools we ask pupils to challenge Government.
Over 780 letters have been written to MPs across the UK since the beginning of the programme in November 2017. A challenge that is much more than an exercise in persuasive writing, these letters have supported our Plastic Free Parliament campaign building the ever growing public voice calling for change. Shaping policies of the future together.
In April 2018 we were delighted to bring eight pupils from Portreath Primary School to speak at our Protect Our Waves All Party Parliamentary Group. Together they presented an overview of the work they had achieved during the Plastic Free Schools programme and posed some challenging questions to the MP’s invited:
- “Over the last five months we have been working hard to make Portreath School a Plastic Free School, we want to protect the oceans and marine life that live in them.”
- “At our school we have changed our plastic milk bottles to glass ones, our un reusable ice packs for reusable ones and Chartwells, our catering company, have given us thick paper boxes instead of individual plastic pots.”
- “Last term we carried out a secret school litter pick (trash mob!). We were surprised with what we found, over 104 individual pieces of litter, a lot of which was from packed lunches.”
- “We held a boycott day to tackle this problem, we let everyone at school know our plans and we found out that the plastic usage dramatically decreased by half!!”
Plastic Free Schools Question Panel:
- Part of the problem is it’s not affordable for all people to be plastic free. Milk is twice the price in glass bottles and loose fruit and veg is more expensive forcing people on a low budget to buy food in plastic wrapper. What can be done to help people on a budget?
- In parliament the use of plastic straws has doubled in the last three years. Are there any plans to reduce or even ban their use?
- My final point is that the government have recently introduced a sugar tax. Don’t you agree it is time to introduce a plastic tax to maybe make the public think twice before buying products with plastic packaging.