As the name suggests, single-use plastics (SUPs) are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These include plastic bags, cups, plates, aerated drinks’ bottles, straws, stirrers, take-away food containers, processed food packers and wrappers. Of these, foamed products such as disposable cutlery, plates and glasses are considered the most dangerous to the environment. According to United Nations Environment Programme, if not recycled, plastic can take up to a thousand years to decompose. The plastic discarded at landfills slowly degenerates into small fragments and leaches cancer-causing chemicals into groundwater. Being light in weight, plastic floats on water bodies, accumulates and clogs airways of marine animals. This not only leads to endangering marine life, but also the risk of harmful chemicals entering the human food chain.
Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading a campaign ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ to shun single-use plastic. With regard to this initiative Staford School mobilized the students to undertake shramdan by collecting plastic waste from and around the school campus. They took an oath for the safe disposal of the plastic waste collected thereafter. They also spread the message against single use plastic, in and around the campus premises to generate maximum awareness.