Kicking plastic habit for month

Finn Hagley and Iman Marinko with paper bins they are making for Plastic Free July. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d402964
Finn Hagley and Iman Marinko with paper bins they are making for Plastic Free July. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d402964

Moerlina School in Mt Claremont will ditch the plastic next month for the first time, taking part in the initiative to reduce their plastic usage.

Upper primary teacher Sally Cloake said her family of five used two litres of milk a day and had started to realise how difficult it was to eliminate plastic from their lives the more she prepared for July.

‘The more I’ve looked into it the more I’ve realised how much plastic is around us all the time,’ Mrs Cloake said.

‘I’m really trying to reduce my usage in the first place because if you rely on recycling you’re using up all of those resources.’

The Moerlina community can pledge to give up single-use plastics such as milk containers or the ‘four baddies’: plastic bags, straws, takeaway containers and coffee cup lids.

Students have learned how to make bin liners out of newspaper pages and drawn up a list of products to avoid such as dishwasher tablets individually wrapped in plastic in a cardboard box.

Year 6 student Finn Hagley said using the paper bin liners and tupperware instead of plastic take away containers were some of the steps his family would take for Plastic Free July.