Government help sought in St Peter’s plastic purge

PUBLISHED: 15:06 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 October 2018

Poppy and Charlie from St Peter's Nursery filling eco-bricks with the plastic packaging which their fruit snacks have come in. Picture: Jemima Moore

Poppy and Charlie from St Peter's Nursery filling eco-bricks with the plastic packaging which their fruit snacks have come in. Picture: Jemima Moore

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Young eco-warriors in Budleigh Salterton have urged national government ministers to help them in their crusade against single-use plastics.

Pupils from St Peter’s Primary School have written to Prime Minister Theresa May and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove imploring them to stop sending their fruit snacks in plastic packaging.

As a ‘last resort’, children have been left having to stuff their unrecyclable plastic into ‘eco bricks’ which could later be used to create outdoor furniture or a maze at St Peter’s.

Pupils part of the school’s ‘eco-champions’ drafted and edited the letter which has also been sent to food suppliers in the hope of reducing single-use plastics.

The letter, seen by The Journal, said: “We love that you supply the children in key stage one with a healthy fruit snack but not all the plastic that comes with it. Some fruits such as bananas and satsumas definitely do not need the plastic that they come in.

“We hope that you will not only think about the plastic that you’re sending to schools but to the other places where you have control too such as hospitals. We care and are working hard to make the changes needed for our futures on this planet.”

St Peter’s has this year launched a campaign, led by teacher Jemima Moore, to make the school more environmentally friendly focusing on the reduction of single-use plastics.

The school’s eco-champions scheme rewards pupils who recycle, turn off lights and heaters when they are not being used and close windows when they leave a classroom.

Teachers have committed to recycling their pens and youngsters at St Peter’s have also taken part in a beach clean in Budleigh.

Jemima, who is also the school’s environmental sustainability lead, added: “The pupils are very positive – they are taking it extremely seriously.It’s nice to walk across the school and parents tell me they are writing to food suppliers asking them to not use plastic.

“There is a real buzz around the school.”

St Peter’s Primary School will be holding a plastic awareness event on Friday, November 2, from 3.30pm.

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