Express press service
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakha Valley School has taken on the task of educating young minds on the need for a plastic-free future, and as part of this initiative, the management has banned all plastic from its campus. Instead of plastic, folders, water bottles, stationery, birthday cards and academic certificates have been replaced with eco-friendly and biodegradable materials. It is the only school in Vizag to implement a total plastic ban.
The Center has banned single-use plastic from July 1. Greater Visakhapatnam Municipality has also implemented a complete plastic ban. Taking a cue, the school, run by a trust with District Collector A Mallikarjuna as chairman, took the opportunity to help students help the planet.
Principal of the school, Eswari Prabhakar, said: “Despite increased awareness and recycling, we are now at a point where billions of plastic pieces are floating around in our oceans. To help prevent more plastic from accumulating in nature, we all need to monitor the amount of plastic generated by the things we consume.
Student members of the eco-club, a school initiative, aim to raise awareness of the harmful effects of plastic use, making folders, bags and greeting cards using recyclable and reusable materials.
“These students are Eco-Warriors because they are fighting to eliminate plastic from their lives and maintain a sustainable lifestyle,” the principal said. Recently, the district collector had reported six new CNG buses, which were added to the school’s existing bus fleet to reduce air pollution.