Highbury helps families to ‘Ban the Bag’

2018-06-05 06:01
Highbury pupils (from left) Itumeleng Kubheka, Melokuhle Mthethwa, Nathan Benn and Luke deOliveira show off Highbury’s eco bags.PHOTO:Supplied

Highbury pupils (from left) Itumeleng Kubheka, Melokuhle Mthethwa, Nathan Benn and Luke deOliveira show off Highbury’s eco bags.PHOTO:Supplied

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AS part of its eco-programme, Highbury is focusing this term on reducing plastic waste. According to a recent estimate, somewhere between five billion and one trillion plastic bags are used each year around the world.

These bags come at a high environmental cost and are one of the most ubiquitous forms of rubbish. In order to raise awareness and “be the difference”, Highbury had a “Ban the Bag” week.

To start the campaign, Highbury sold bespoke reusable shopping bags at cost to the parents and a massive 970 bags were bought over just four days.

The week culminated in a “plastic civvies day” at which each boy brought plastic bags from home and “purged” them into cartons at school. These plastic bags will now be recycled into desks for underprivileged schools.

Ban the Bag week at Highbury was a huge success. It is so encouraging to see our community actively embracing the need to reduce plastic waste.

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