GEOGRAPHY GENIUS- JANUARY 2019
Congratulations to Oliver who is January’s winner!
‘Prevent Pointless Plastic’ with Single-use plastic free February.
Why are St Leonard’s Primary taking part?
Plastic is useful and cheap to make, so it is used to make lots of things e.g. drinks bottles, food packaging and shopping bags. The main problem with plastic is that it takes a very long time to decompose. A plastic bottle can last for up to 500 years. That means that a bottle dropped in the ocean or put in a landfill site today could still be there in the year 2519!
Plastic has toxins in it that are harmful to wildlife. Sea creatures can get stuck in plastic bags or the rings that hold drinks cans together. This can cause suffocation, starvation (because they can’t get to food), or means that they cannot escape predators.
Sea turtles sometimes confuse plastic bags with jellyfish and eat them. This damages their insides and leaves them feeling constantly full, so they stop eating and die. Around 70% of dead sea turtles are found to have eaten plastic.
Did You Know…?
- It is thought that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the seas.
- 99% of seabirds have eaten plastic.
- More than five billion pieces of plastic are found in our oceans.
The Prevent Pointless Plastics Challenge
For the month of February, we are asking everyone (children and adults!) that has a packed lunch to bring in lunchboxes, which contain no single-use plastics -the type of plastic that we use once and then throw in the bin. These include packaging such as cling film, crisp packets, chocolate or fruit bar wrappers, small yoghurt pots or tubes and plastic straws on juice cartons.
We have had a school assembly to share ideas of what we could use instead of plastic bags, cling film, single-use items such as straws and plastic packaged foods. See below for some ideas:
We are having a whole school competition too where children have to design a single-use plastic free lunchbox!
Single-Use Plastic Free February
We have been looking in assembly this week how to support the single-use plastic free February campaign. Today Alison the Bee Lady came into assembly to talk about the bee’s wax wraps that she makes.