School pupils enjoy plastic-free lunches

Friday September 21, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Year six and seven students from Apii Te Uki Ou hire out dinner plates at the Muri Night Market to save on plastic waste and raise funds for their Mauke trip. 18091903 Year six and seven students from Apii Te Uki Ou hire out dinner plates at the Muri Night Market to save on plastic waste and raise funds for their Mauke trip. 18091903

“No-plastic Wednesdays” are catching on at Apii Te Uki Ou, where children bring their lunches in their lunch boxes, - but minus the cling wrap plastic that usually encases pupils’ food.

 

Being environmentally conscious, the school also provides a hire plate and cutlery service at the stall they run at at the Muri Night Market.

“For a donation, people can come up and hire a plate to take around with them, and have their meal put onto it,” says school teacher Sareni Pekepo-Poila.

“When they are finished they can bring their plate back. We do it because it saves plastic waste and as a school the children are learning about the importance of cutting down on plastic use.”

She says the senior students are also raising money for their biennial trip to Mauke. The year six and seven students will travel during term four next year and spend their time observing and taking part in the lifestyle of island residents.

Pekepo-Poila says Mauke students have also been to Rarotonga, as their funds have allowed.

At the school’s dinner plate hire stall, two students will help an adult each night the market is open, and they also sell colourful island artworks made by former students. These sell for $15 for the A4 size and $20 for the A3 size, or a discounted price if you buy three.

Postcards of the same prints are also available for just $3 each or you can buy five postcards for $10.

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