Ardgillan Community Collage Students ECO-UNESCO project aims to reduce single use plastics

May 23, 2019 0

ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation that works to conserve the environment and empower young people. Four transition students from Ardgillan Community College, Ellen, Stefan, Luke and Alex have selected reducing single use plastic as their project.  As part of their project the students are raising awareness on this issue in our local community.  The students decided to choose this as our project because single use Plastic is a huge issue in today’s society. 

For convenience and cost, retailers and consumers opt for single use plastics everyday by using the following;

  • Plastic Bottles
  • Disposable Bags
  • Plastic Coffee Cup Lids
  • Plastic Straws
  • Plastic Cutlery
  • Styrofoam Takeaway Boxes

Problems with Plastics

  • Plastic is made from fossil fuels and have a huge carbon footprint
  • Only a small amount of plastic is actually recycled, Ireland’s rate is currently 36% and the EU requirement is only 22.5% (O’Sullivan, 2018)
  • Most plastic is sent to landfill or ends up in waterways and pollutes our oceans killing marine life. It is predicted that by 2050 there will be more plastic weight than fish in our ocean (Marieni, 2018)
  • Plastic is not biodegradable  and breaks into smaller pieces called microplastics which are ingested by fish, which end up in our food.

There are simple solutions to resolve this problem if people commit to  small changes.  Living in a seaside town we see first hand plastic appearing on our beaches.  We feel that as young people we have a duty to try and act to prevent single use plastics destroying our beaches, oceans and marine life and contributing to climate change.

So next time you go to use a single use plastic item, please think about the environment!

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