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Guernsey School Achieves Plastic-Free Status

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

A school in Guernsey has been encouraging pupils to do their bit for the environment by eradicating plastic use within the entire building.

St Anne’s School in Alderney has revealed it has achieved plastic-free status by fulfilling objectives that were set by the Surfers Against Sewage organisation, ITV revealed.

These include ending the use of plastic milk and water bottles, cutting the amount of plastic in lunch boxes, recycling crisp packets, holding a secondary school assembly about using less plastic on the island, and holding ‘Trash Mobs’ to remove plastic and litter from the school, the beaches and the rest of Guernsey.

The school also lobbied the States of Alderney, as well as huge corporations such as Haribo, Coca Cola and Walkers, to ask them how they intend to remove the amount of plastic rubbish.

St Anne’s headteacher Martin Winward wrote a letter to parents, saying: “It is hoped this will continue to inspire us all to be ‘plastic’ aware. There is still more to do and we will continue our work to help keep our school site and local community as plastic free as possible.”

The Alderney Wildlife Trust, the Alderney Farm Shop, Alderney Shipping and the States of Alderney have supported the school to help it achieve this important accolade.

According to Guernsey States, the programme intends to “equip and power” students so they continue to “play an active part in changing their environment” to benefit society in the future.

There is a huge range of plastic-free products school children can use, including bamboo or steel lunchboxes, metal BPA-free food flasks, stainless steel water bottles, bamboo cutlery sets, wheat straws, wax wraps for food, and organic lip balms.


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