Hattie’s M3 Community Project ‘Say NO to plastic bags!’

My M3 Community Project

In M3 there is a whole class project called the Community Project in which everyone chooses to do something to help a community.

For my community project, I have chosen to do something I am very passionate about and I feel could be the start of a difference that lasts. Climate change is possibly the biggest and most important issue of the 21st century and plastic bags are one of it’s biggest causes, 16000 bags thrown away every second! 


To help spread the word about this I decided to do several things; I presented at an M3 year group assembly, explaining all about the impact of just throwing away plastic bags, I wrote and sent emails to everyone at Sotogrande International School in order to raise awareness on this huge subject, I participated at Eco School meetings and I wrote this blog which will be shared with the whole community!

Here is the information I shared with the school via e-mail.

Hello school!

Climate change is possibly the biggest and most important issue of the 21st century. That is why I have chosen to act upon this in my community project. I want to spread the word on why we should ban plastic bags, but most importantly explain some solutions to this problem. 

Plastic bags are a convenient way to carry things around, they are part of our lives in this modern world we now live in and we don’t tend to think much about them. However, this convenience of plastic bags carries with it a very high cost, to our environment, to our planet, to our future and to us.                                                                                                                       

There are numerous important reasons why the world should ban plastic bags:  

Plastic bags pollute our environment, both land and water. And you know what truly scares me? – There is more plastic in our oceans than fish. We’ve got to do something about this.

Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources which means plastic bags never break down. This is killing our wildlife and marine life, worldwide, at massive rates; fish, birds and many more animals such as turtles, don’t see plastic bags any differently than they do food, so when they eat the plastic bags, the chemicals and toxins spread through their body and because plastic is not biodegradable it won’t break down in their stomachs, therefore, the plastic bags fill their stomach and makes them feel full, which then starves them to death.

Not only are plastic bags killing our animals, but they are threatening our own health too. Fish eat plastic, we eat fish, we are eating the fish-covered plastic bags! Chemicals from the plastic bags leak into food, which we then consume, eating highly toxic plastics.

Most importantly, there are better alternatives available to plastic bags. Use recycled bags and reuse them to reduce plastic bags. A great dawnbreak from the darkest night of the plastic bag, would be canvas. Canvas is a renewable resource, great for reusing, easy to recycle and reduces plastic bags. Perfect alternative right? It always seems impossible until it’s done.

So, if you take that one small step for man, and refuse plastic bags, you will be making a giant leap for mankind.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I hope you choose to make a change!

Hattie Greewood, M3 
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