A spontaneous idea suggested during the summer break has become a complete school project in the Dudelange primary school "Um Deich". The school's goal is to reduce its plastic use to a minimum.

Around 300 pupils and 40 members of staff in the "Um Deich" primary school in Dudelange have vowed to use less plastic.

The project was born last summer, the brainchild of teacher Mim Schütz, who hoped to offer alternatives in school. Schütz had begun by starting to reduce her own plastic use at home and then proposed the idea to the school's management. Needless to say, the project was enthusiastically received and adapted for the entire school.

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The school informed parents and the municipal authorities ahead of the start of the school year in 2018, which required some convincing. School director Mike Kickert explained that both parents and children struggled to get rid of plastic especially when it came to sweets or biscuits. However, as time went by, more and more accepted the challenge.

The anti-plastic project was launched at the beginning of the second term. The school offers workshops on Wednesday and Fridays, involving sixteen children from cycle 4. The workshops allow pupils to present and create alternatives to plastic, such as reusable cotton pads, bar shampoos and soaps. Pupils then take the alternatives home to show their parents.

The workshops provide these pupils with a fun way to contribute towards lowering their own environmental impact.

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As Schütz explains, the difference following the anti-plastic project is most noticeable in the school playground. The playground no longer has any litter that teachers have to pick up and bins remain empty. As a comparison, if each child brought a new plastic bottle to school every day, the school would have to get rid of a staggering 63,000 plastic bottles. With the new project, the school is making great strides in saving this amount of plastic.

In the spring, pupils will then start planting vegetables in the garden ahead of a end-of-year festival, where the fruits of their labour will be shared by all.