Setting a bad example

Wednesday July 25, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
Choosing to eat out of a polystyrene container sets a bad example to the younger generation, a letter writer says. 18072438 Choosing to eat out of a polystyrene container sets a bad example to the younger generation, a letter writer says. 18072438

Dear Sir,

I recently visited the Muri night market, among the many food stalls was a stall run by a local school as a fundraising venture.

They were "hiring" plates, bowls and cutlery for a gold coin donation to be taken to the stall of one’s choice to be filled with food.

Upon return of these reusable items the children would wash them to be used again. A very practical and environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic and polystyrene one use containers.

I was therefore more than a little puzzled and disappointed when I saw the teacher or parent in charge go to a nearby food stall, get his food in a polystyrene container, complete with plastic fork and sit at a table opposite his charges and eat his dinner out of the supplied container!

Not a good example to set for the kids trying to do their bit for the planet.

            Roger Tidman,

            New Zealand

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