Caring for our Environment

At St Mary's we care for our enviornment and are working hard towards becoming a single-use plastic free school.

This will be a long term journey but we have already made many changes:

  • Children's milk comes in glass milk bottles and is served in reusable plastic beakers rather than individual Tetrapaks.
  • Pupils and staff have refillable water bottles.
  • We have made a conscious decision not to use glitter and to reduce the amount of laminating we do.
  • Throughout the school we recycle cardboard, paper, plastic bottles and tins, food waste (from the kitchen, staffroom and classrooms) and printer cartridges.
  • Children are learning about the impact of plastic in lessons.  Last year one of the Year 4 topicEcobricks club ws was Eco Warriors and we ran an extra curricular Ecobrick club.
  • Year 2 completed a litter pick and talked about it to the whole school in Service.
  • Yoghurt, at lunchtime and Breakfast Club, is served from from one large container rather than individual pots.   
  • Caterlink (who provide our hot school lunches) have stopped using clingfilm.
  • We are working with the Greening Tetbury group.
  • We have signed up to Surfers against Sewage Plastic Free Schools scheme - more information to follow.
  • Cleaning products and liquid soaps are purchased in large containers and decanted into spray bottles/soap dispensers.

What we want to do:

  • Work with Michael Hope, our uniform supplier, to reduce the single-use plastic packaging.
  • Work with Caterlink to reduce the amount of plastic used when our food supplies are delivered.
  • Continue our discussions with the Schools Fruit and Vegetable scheme to encourage them to reduce the amount of plastic when packaging and delivering the fruit and vegetables.
  • Work with parents to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in lunch boxes.

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