Reducing Single Use Plastic Straws

Mrs Cooke and I met with Eco Team this week and sent this letter to our milk carton supplier. We are concerned that we are adding to the single use plastic problem and want to do something about it. Change starts here!


Dear Sir,

As a school, we have made a new year’s resolution to reduce our single use plastic waste. We know that you will be aware of the damage to the environment that single use plastic is having. Did you know we are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilised for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.

We have pledged to take this seriously and do what we can to initiate change.

One of our discussions has been around the plastic straws and their plastic pouch that are attached to the milk cartons your company provide us with. We have 270 cartons per day, this is over 1300 straws per week and over 52,000 per year! This really concerns us.

Is this a concern that your company share? Is it a priority to think about change? Can we work with you to try to come up with an alternative? Some of our ideas are;

  • Paper straws
  • Straws that can be bio degradable but are made from another material
  • A drinkable carton that can be used without a straw
  • A larger container of milk that would be poured out into cups (this happens at lunch time)

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We eagerly await your response.

      Yours sincerely,

      Mrs Jacques and the Eco-Team at Bowker Vale Primary School

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