Limerick secondary school backs #DitchTheDisposable campaign

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Students at Crescent College Comprehensive attending workshops with ECOS climate ambassador Sorcha Spelman

Students at Crescent College Comprehensive attending workshops with ECOS climate ambassador Sorcha Spelman

A LIMERICK secondary school is to save up to 144,000 bottles from being dumped in the ocean by  banning single-use plastics.

Crescent College Comprehensive has become the first school to back the #DitchTheDisposable campaign. 

Run by Castletroy environmental consultants ECOS,  the  campaign  encourages schools and businesses to make their workplace and school environment single-use plastic free. 

“We’re trying to put pressure on companies to make their packaging more environmentally friendly,” ECOS climate ambassador Sorcha Spelman said,  who started the campaign with the consultancy.

“The only way that’s going to happen is if customers stop using single-use plastics.” 

“We did a simple tot up. There’s 900 students in Comp and there’s 160 school days in a year.”

“Assuming that each child brings one bottle of water to school each day, that’s 144,000 bottles in a school year,” she added. 

“People, I myself included, are guilty of saying ‘Sure I’m only one person, what difference can it make?’ but that’s when you realise that one person can have a huge significance.”

Securing the backing of Crescent Comprehensive has been a major coup at the start of our campaign, she said. 

Ms Spelman visited Crescent Comprehensive and ran workshops with the students to discuss the environmental effects of single-use plastics. 

“They are a massive sports school, massively into strength and conditioning and into what they are eating.”

“I spoke about how their environmental choices affect these things. 

“I spoke about how plastics in the sea mean that if we eat fish, there’s a fairly good chance that we’re consuming plastic.

“That really got their attention because a lot of students would eat fish because they are training.

“I also spoke about nano-plastics, plastics so tiny they are invisible to the naked eye but they are tiny little pieces of plastic that are in bottles of water. 

“Crescent are the first school to back the campaign but after I attended the Climate Hope Forum at the Granary Library recently, I was approached by four or five other schools who’ve asked to get involved.” 

Schools who wish to join the campaign can contact Ms Spelman on sorcha@ecos.ie.

More information on the campaign can also be found on www.ecos.ie