Eliza Helin: An eighth-grader asks us to reconsider plastic use

My name is Eliza Helin, and I’m an eighth-grade student at Smith Academy in Hatfield. I care about the use of plastic straws and utensils for lunch and/or snack time because all of that plastic is being used (usually) only one time. Lunch ladies could start washing them, or schools could cut the use of plastic utensils and straws altogether. Hatfield schools have almost transitioned to using donated metal utensils. This has helped, but if other schools were also doing this, it would be even greater help.

Did you know that humans produce nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year? Half of this plastic is used only one time. More than eight tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. That is resulting in the deaths of over 1 million marine animals, like mammals, fish, sharks, turtles and birds. 

The Daily Hampshire Gazette could help by spreading the word about this. That would make a big impact because more people could see this, and more actions to help this worsening problem could be taken. If more schools, businesses and companies started doing this, it would help our Earth so much. We only get one planet to live on, so we should be taking better care of it.

Eliza Helin

Author: Going Green

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