Environment Awareness & Education

Newpark Comprehensive School bans single use plastics

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Monday, February 12, 2018
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Students at Newpark Community School are currently driving a campaign to highlight the harmful effects of plastic pollution and its impacts on communities both locally and globally as part of an ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Project.

Aware that action speaks louder than words the students formed a group titled 'SAY NO TO PLASTIC'. Their aim was simple, to ban single-use plastics from their school!   


Assisting the students is Susan Adams, a sustainability expert commissioned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Dept. Communications, Climate Action and Environment via the LA21 Environment Protection Fund. 

In collaboration with their principal, Derek Lowry, teachers, parents and community stakeholders, the SAY NO TO PLASTIC team hope to successfully eradicated single use platics from their school by:

  • Developing a new school policy
  • Receiving pledged support from students and parents
  • Assisting the canteen to transition to plastic free packaging
  • Working with the local Spar shop to adapt their lunch deals
  • Petitioning Minsters Naughton and Bruton to advocate a similar approach in schools across the country

Principal Derek Lowry said ‘By embracing a single use plastic free culture in to our school, we hope to embed this culture in to each student’s moral code, cultivating a wave of positive change for our environment. It is our hope the students will continue with this behaviour when they leave school, turning the tide eternally, on our reliance on plastic.’

The students want to inspire other schools and campuses across Ireland to become Global Citizens, founded on human solidarity but based on self-interest as they endeavour to embrace a positive social change against the fight on plastic. We are delighted to assist them in their efforts.