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Nasinu Schools To Ban Use Of Styrofoam Containers

International School Suva is the first school to take up the initiative.
19 Jul 2019 10:30
Nasinu Schools To Ban Use Of Styrofoam Containers
International School Suva.

A Nasinu school has taken steps to ensure a safer environment by banning the use of polystyrene or styrofoam containers starting from Term Three.

International School Suva is the first school to take up the initiative.

ISS principal Stephen Cathers said this policy change had input from many people.

“Our students raised this issue many times and a couple of students, in particular, have made it a personal project and advocated for the change,” Mr Cathers said.

“Several parents, including Kate Davey a board member, have pushed to make this shift happen.

“The Government’s priority on reducing waste and from single-use plastics and styrofoam containers also encouraged us to take action now.

“Of course, we feel it is a needed change for the world as a whole and so we want to lead and encourage responsible action.”

Mr Cathers said it was an environmental and ethical decision.

He said the convenience of cheap petroleum-based materials should not excuse harmful practices.

“We know that we must move forward continuously to implement planet-friendly and ocean-friendly policies in sustainable ways,” the principal said.

It’s certainly a learning process that requires planning and commitment.

“We believe changes like this help our students to think about other global issues and to seek solutions,” he said.

Mr Cathers hopes other schools follow their example.

Polystyrene or styrofoam is a petroleum-based product and one of the most common known pollutants.

During the National Budget announcement it was noted that the use of single use plastic bags and polystyrene containers will be phased out by January 2021.

ISS definitely has the right idea.

Edited by Percy Kean

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