The Two Oceans Aquarium is challenging all schools to get rid of plastic bags for good! Use this opportunity to become a plastic bag-free zone. We are here to guide you through the process.

What's a plastic bag-free zone?

Being a plastic bag-free zone means that everyone agrees to no longer bring a single-use plastic bag onto school premises. Food and other items can be placed in reusable containers and bags.

This simple change has a huge impact, helping young and old rethink their ways around single-use plastic.

Prestwich Primary School has officially declared themselves a single-use plastic shopping bag-free zone.

Want some help?

Hayley McLellan, Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Campaigner and founder of #RethinkTheBag, is available and eager to present at your school about plastic problems and solutions. These talks are high energy, informative, inspirational and moving – and free of charge.

We're here to support you on your journey of change.

La Rochelle bans the bag!

Interested? Here's how to start:

  1. Call or email us (021 814 4532, hayley.mclellan@aquarium.co.za) to chat through the whys, whats and hows.
  2. Identify a champion team who can drive this change (this could be you, a colleague, a parent, or a learner).
  3. Communicate to the learners, teachers and parents what you plan to do, and why. (Or set up a presentation with Hayley, who can do that on your behalf.)
  4. Once you have consensus, set a date for the “final bag”.
  5. Share your stories of success and challenges with us so that we can share your commitment far and wide.
  6. Nominate a sister or brother school to follow your lead.

Schools that have already taken this leap include Wynberg Girls' High, Prestwich Street Primary, the Grove Primary, La Rochelle Girls' High School, Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt, Timour Hall Primary and DF Malherbe High School.

It’s up to all of us to rise up and meet the challenge of plastic pollution in the ocean. Change starts with each one of us.

With the support of staff and students, Wynberg Girls High School designed their own reusable bags, using a competition to create excitement in the school.
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