The aim of the Plastic footprint for primary schools is to tackle in terms of quality and quantity the amount of plastic waste produced by primary schools in order to make aware schools–staff and students–about their impact and contribution to plastic pollution to subsequently identify corrective strategies and solutions.
The Plastic footprint will help involved primary schools in identifying problems related to plastic waste management they should target. The acknowledgement of the problem and the recognition of the responsibility resulting from the footprint represent the first step of the transition away from the culture of plastics disposal and single-use in order to promote, by contrast, a more circular and sustainable attitude to waste consumption and disposal. In this way, primary schools will become the first catalyzers of waste reduction culture.
The developed footprint takes into consideration the following hierarchy:
REFUSE–especially targeting to the most commonly found plastic waste items, it will be necessary to first refuse these single use plastics (SUP) and identify ‘green’ alternatives.
REDUCE–when it is difficult to find out alternative strategies and materials, another option may be to reduce their consumption.
REUSE–once a product has been used, it not necessarily has to become part of the waste supply. Before throwing it away,there is always the change to give it a second life.
RECYCLE–only when there are no alternatives to garbage, the golden rule is to recycle the product according to the recycle system of your country/city.
plus RETHINK of your choices every time you consume.
Results of O1:
Plastic footprint methodology for primary schools
Plastic footprint App system architecture
Plastic footprint App
Teachers’ guidelines and didactical materials on how to use and implement the plastic footprint in class
Students’ guidelines on how to use the plastic footprint
Internal testing and consultation activity
1 Report on plastic audit