Welcome to the New Year from the Eco Team!

Thought for the week:

Every bit of plastic that was ever made still exists!

Last year we made amazing progress by saving all our plastic packaging from landfill (ie snack food wrappers, biscuit wrappers, glad wrap, ziplock bags, chip packets).  We were able to recycle all of this through Alberton Fresh Collective, PaknSave and Countdown.

What it highlighted to us was WHAT A LOT OF PLASTIC WE USE!  So this year we want to focus on decreasing the amount we use by using some of these things;

Things to ask myself:

  • Do I really need to wrap that sandwich in glad wrap even though it has its own compartment in the lunchbox?
  • Should I buy in bulk and decant into a reusable container?
  • Ziplock bags are expensive and can blow out of my lunchbox really easily….what else can I use?
  • Do I really need to need a plastic pouch for my yoghurt?  Could I just buy in bulk and put it in a reusable container?

Help us to keep our school our land and our oceans clean!

Eco Team xxx

Marist School Eco Team

Two years ago, on June 18th 2015, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si: One Care for our Common Home.  Laudato Si  week will be a major international celebration to reflect on the Laudato Si message and take action to bring it to life.

Each human being is an image of God…..each creature has its own prupose.

In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.

Plastic pollution is a growing problem; everyday it chokes our waterways, damages marine ecosystems, and becomes part of the marine food chain. All the plastics that end up in our waterways eventually break up into smaller and smaller pieces. Some of it floats, some of it sinks, but none of it ever disappears. Plastic continues to accumulate and circulate in our environment where marine animals can mistake it for food that can cause starvation, dehydration, internal damage or even death. When this growing plastic pollution finds its way into our marine food chain, it can eventually affect human health when we eat seafood.

Our Seas Our Future.