“Seas and oceans enrich our identity, ensure our wellbeing and sustain a large part of the economy. Human action has left our oceans heavily affected by pollution, overexploitation, coastal degradation and global warming. This has severe consequences for all.” -OurOcean2017.org
Last week, the “Our Ocean” conference took place in Malta; with many world leaders coming together to tackle the issues of reducing single use plastics. Our canteens have started to take steps to do what they can to reduce the amount of plastic we use.
Plastic bottles are no longer sold at the EP Campus. Previously, we were selling on average 55,000 bottles per school year! With a large number of chilled, filtered water stations around the campus, this is a quick and effective way of reducing plastic bottle usage. Students and staff should be bringing in their own refillable water-bottles every day to ensure they remain hydrated.
Cardboard trays are now used for the sale of baked potatoes and nachos, and recently sandwich packaging has also been changed to cardboard. We will be looking to modify other packaging in the near future.
Thinking twice about using drinking straws is a quick and easy way to help reduce plastic waste. Do you really need one? Encourage your children to only take a straw if it is necessary.
Recycling bins are available around both campuses. New bins have been installed in the Parent Deli at JB, and downstairs in the Dining Hall. Please do use these bins, and encourage your children to use them responsibly.
Alison Nadarajah and Gavin Lazaro
Vice Principals - Our Students
Primary & Secondary Campus
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