Students Determined to Banish Plastic Bags from Town

Published On November 14, 2012

Grade five students from a primary school in Emerald have taken it upon themselves to see that their town goes plastic bag-free. As part of their EmFSus4Kids program, the students have come up with a competition to see which five businesses in their town will be the first to go completely plastic-bag free. The task, led by their teacher Leigh Johnson and Lee Fuller from EmFSus (Emerald For Sustainability), is going to be a difficult one, but the students are up to it. “The bags travel through drains and out into the sea and kill animals because they go around their necks,” said grade five student Krista. The students also came up with other ideas to reduce the amount of disposable plastic bags that end up in the landfill and ocean, such as by encouraging the use of reusable eco bags and by collecting and recycling plastic bags from the community. Australians use 6.9 billion plastic bags each year, and discarded plastic kills as many as one million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals every year.