Litterless Campaign

Plastic Try to Reduce, Find an Alternative No Excuse!

Introduction

Our teachers prepared an interesting PowerPoint which included a very interesting video clip. We learnt what single-use plastic is and how plastic is created. We became more aware of the idea that plastic is not only harming the ocean,

but it’s also harming our land and us as human beings. One quote that I really liked from the video clip was “This wonder of technology got a little out of hand”

(UN Environment). I liked it because it explains what is really happening. Plastic is very useful and practical too, but we are using it way too much. Even though we are disposing of it carefully, micro plastics still remain, and that’s why we are suggesting the need to reduce single-use plastics. This year our school participated in the Litterless Campaign. Year 4 students participated in this campaign as role models so as to spread the word among other students and their families to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

(Dyan Galea Christina)

Development

Alternatives

At school, our teachers showed us some alternative products that we can use instead of single-use plastics. These alternatives were represented in guideline form:

  1. Shop friendly – carry fabric bags when shopping;
  2. Get rid of bottled water and to-go cups – take with you bamboo cups or thermos ones;
  3. Forget to go containers – do not take your lunches in plastic bags and avoid extra cling film;
  4. Say no to straws – get with you your own stainless steel straw;
  5. Do not let them give you #plastic bags – take fabric bags for fruit and veg and avoid extra packaging;
  6. Educate – teach the ones who are not yet aware of such simple changes;
  7. Get involved – spread the word and do so yourself, remember we must lead by example.

(Elisa Spiteri)

Survey

After getting some information about this litterless campaign, we went around the school in pairs, to find out how many students use single-use plastic or reusable plastic. We managed to keep up with the covid-19 restrictions and we simply asked the pupils from outside their classrooms and then recorded their answers on our handouts. Through this survey, we found out that reusable bottles, stainless steel cutlery and fabric bags are quite popular, as well as the use of plastic lunch boxes. However, we found out that a high amount of pupils still get their lunch wrapped in clingfilm even though it is then put in a reusable lunchbox. We also find out that many students still use plastic straws while stainless steel or bamboo ones did not seem to be popular as an alternative.
(Gulia Farrugia)

Special Assembly

As year 4 students, we decided to spread the word amongst the whole school. To do this we organised two special assemblies. One was a short summary of what we learned so far about the harm that single-use plastic is causing to human beings, the ocean and our land. The second assembly was about what alternatives we can use to reduce single use plastics. We pointed out the 3R’s – Refuse – single-use plastic, Reuse – choose re-usable items, Reduce – plastic pollution.
(Thea Walker)

Spreading the word
To help spread the word even further, together with our teacher we came up with the idea of creating a Tik-Tok video. We all know that Tik-Tok is very popular nowadays so we thought it was a good way to spread the word about alternatives to single-use plastics. Our class did two videos using Tik-Tok and we shared our best creation on our school Facebook page. It was fun working together for a good cause.

(Alessandro Attard)

Our Mascot


For this campaign, we also created a mascot. We created a small monster with a big mouth and called him P-eater because our mascot is a Plastic Eater. P-eater will help us teach other pupils and adults to refuse using single-use plastic and use reusable plastic to reduce plastic pollution.
(Jahel Chetcuti Vella and Shelston Mifsud)

School

Close to Earth Day, we organised a community action day. For this community action day, we created a poster with our slogan, we asked all the pupils to wear a green top and jeans, and to get lunch without any extra packaging. This day was a success, and we really enjoyed learning how we can get different lunches at school using sustainable packaging, rather than using ready packed food items. We also prepared a craft concerning earth day and watched a movie about a small tiny creature who wants to save the world, The Lorax.

(Jael Tabone)

Freebee’s
Participating in this campaign was very nice, fun and educational. We enjoyed every little part of this campaign and we really wish that next year we can participate again. As a freebie to encourage the reduction of single-use plastic, our teachers are going to give us a bamboo straw. They will also be giving us a BPA free plastic lunchbox with our school logo and the mascot we created on it. Unfortunately, these lunchboxes will be distributed at school later on during the third term, because covid-19 restrictions delayed our order. Hope you liked our campaign and we wish that we did a good job to create enough awareness and education about how to avoid the use of single-use-plastics and use alternatives instead.
(Matija Lukovic and Gabriel Borg)

Conclusion
In a nutshell, this campaign was a very good reflection about what is happening to the environment around us, with the amount of single-use plastic we are using. We really hope that all of those who followed us are practising what we shared. Don’t forget ‘plastic try to reduce, find an alternative no excuse!’
(Lynette Micallef and Micharie Spiteri)